Historic Royal Palaces, Chief Executive
Michael Day is Chief Executive of Historic Royal Palaces
Michael Day started his career as a curator with the Norfolk Museums Service in 1974 before moving in 1983 to the Ironbridge Gorge Museum. In 1987, he was appointed Director of the Jersey Heritage Trust and in 2003, he became Chief Executive of Historic Royal Palaces - the conservation and education charity responsible for The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace, Banqueting House Whitehall and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland.
Michael attended the Getty Leadership Institute in Berkeley, California in 1993. He was on the faculty of the UEA Museum Leadership Programme from 1994-2011, co-directed the Nordic Museum Leadership Programme in Denmark from 2001-08 and has taught on the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme since 2007. He has lectured and spoken at conferences around the world on cultural leadership, and historic site management and interpretation.
He is chair of the Battersea Arts Centre, and formerly a trustee of the Alnwick Garden Trust and board member of the UK’s Cultural Leadership Programme.
Michael was awarded an honorary doctorate by Kingston University in 2010 for his work in the heritage and museums sector, and was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the New Year Honours 2015.