Historic Royal Palaces has appointed Alex Donnelly-Palmer as its new events and operations manager at Kensington Palace, while Isobel Heaphy has been promoted to senior events executive.
Donnelly-Palmer previously worked as front of house manager at the Royal Albert Hall, Adelphi and Dominion Theatre. He has also worked as venue manager at The O2, where he oversaw all elements of world tours coming to London from a venue perspective including Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Ozzy Osbourne and Cirque du Soleil.
He says: “I am looking forward to growing the event business and bringing new events to the palace. It is great to be part of a team where the commercials are directly helping to preserve the palaces, meaning our clients can actively play their part in ensuring the future of this historical site.”
Heaphy joined the Kensington Palace events team in 2011 and will be responsible for leading the sales team to achieve targets, delivering and managing world-class events at the venue and line managing the events coordinator.
Liz Young, head of events at Historic Royal Palaces, said she was looking forward “to utilising Donnelly-Palmer’s expertise on the show-stopping calendar of events we have coming up at the palace. He will also be instrumental in helping us further increase Kensington Palace’s events business”.
Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, these palaces are owned by The Queen and they are managed for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.