Telegraph: Whos Who in the Court of Prince Charles?
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Tue Nov 12 00:25:33 GMT 2013
Whos Who in the Court of Prince Charles?
From special adviser to head gardener, a look at
who's who in Prince Charles's circle
By Gordon Rayner, Chief Reporter4:52PM GMT 11 Nov 2013
William Nye, Principal Private Secretary
The Prince of Waless right-hand man and the
member of staff with whom he spends most time.
Mr Nye [who will inevitably become Sir William
soon] has overall responsibility for the Princes
household and also keeps an eye on the running of
the Duchy of Cornwall, his private estate, and
his residences at Highgrove and Birkhall.
Mr Nye, 47, studied economics at Cambridge and
Yale before joining the Civil Service, advising
David Cameron on national security before joining Clarence House in 2011.
Unlike his predecessor Sir Michael Peat, Mr Nye
does not have the use of a grace-and-favour apartment in Kensington Palace.
Mark Leishman, Private Secretary
Grandson of the BBC founder Lord Reith (who was a
big fan of Hitler in the 1930s*
the Scot, who joined Clarence House in 2009,
manages the Princes private office, supervises
engagements and has special responsibility for Scotland, Health and Education.
The 51-year-old began his career as a local
newspaper reporter in Fife and eventually became
a TV presenter and later the head of PR for BBC Scotland.
He is also in tune with the Princes love of
organic food, as his wife Fiona used to run
Gordon Ramsays Amaryllis restaurant in Glasgow.
The man who made himself indispensable as the
Princes valet, before his temporary exile in
2003 after the exposure of his role in selling
royal gifts received by the Prince earned him the
nickname Fawcett the Fence.
The Prince, however, insisted he could not do
without Mr Fawcett, who now runs his own catering
company which is used for much of the Princes
official and private entertaining.
He remains one of the Princes closest
confidantes and was made project manager of
Dumfries House, the Princes pet heritage
project, to raise funds for its £45m restoration.
He was also allowed to have his 50th birthday
party at the Ayrshire mansion last year.
Wing Commander Richard Pattle, Master of the Household
A former RAF helicopter pilot who flew in
Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Iraq, Wing Commander
Pattle, 44, looks after the Princes residences
and domestic staff, including security,
receptions and entertaining. He also has overall
supervision of the Princes diary and logistics.
Two years ago his stock increased when he worked
with Prince Williams principal private secretary
Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton on the organisation of the royal wedding.
He previously spent two years as the Princes
Equerry, before rejoining the household in 2008 in his current role.
Sally Osman, Communications Secretary
The woman who is responsible for the Princes
public image as head of his press and communications team.
Miss Osman, 54, who joined the Princes staff in
June, spent eight years at the BBC where she was
in charge of its PR during the crisis over its
reporting of the Labour governments sexed up
dossier on Iraqs weapons capability.
A calm head in any situation, she also has
oversight of PR for the Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge and Prince Harry, who have their own
press team at Kensington Palace.
Kristina Kyriacou, Assistant Communications Secretary, Charities and Marketing
A former music industry executive who was hired
by the Prince last year to promote his charities,
which he felt were not as much coverage in the media as they deserved.
Miss Kyriacou works part-time so that she can
carry on representing the interests of her other client, Cheryl Cole.
The feisty 47-year-old negotiated a
three-day-a-week role for the Prince so that she
can also work as Director of the Cheryl Cole
Foundation, which donates money to good causes including the Princes Trust.
The pop singer and former X Factor judge met the
Prince at Clarence House, together with Miss
Kyriacou, to discuss the link-up last year.
Miss Kyriacou has worked in the past for Sony,
for Comic Relief as its head of media and as Gary Barlows manager.
Simon Martin, Deputy Private Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
The man who briefs the Prince on foreign affairs
and is always by his side when he travels abroad.
Mr Martin, who was previously head of protocol at
the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, remains an
FCO employee but is on secondment to Clarence House, which he joined last year.
Mr Martin also has a major hand in overseeing The
Princes School of Traditional Arts, The Princes
Youth Business International and The British Asian Trust.
Dame Julia Cleverdon, Special Adviser
Regarded as one of the most influential women in
Britain, Dame Julia, 63, is the Princes special
adviser on charities, helping him with strategy
and overall co-ordination of his good causes.
Dame Julia, who spent 17 years as chief executive
of Business in the Community, one of the Princes
key charities, and was hired by Labour as
voluntary chair of Teach First, the social
enterprise scheme that encourages top graduates
to teach for two years before they go into their chosen careers.
The Prince is said to speak to Dame Julia up to
twice a day on the phone, though she has
gradually reduced her workload over the past year.
Alastair Martin, Secretary and Keeper of the Records, Duchy of Cornwall
The son of a Somerset farmer, Mr Martin is chief
executive of the Duchy of Cornwall, which has
assets of more than £700 million and generates an
income of around £19 million per year for the Prince.
A former land agent and chartered surveyor, the
father-of-two speaks to the Prince several times
each week to update him on Duchy projects, including sales and acquisitions.
His title dates back to the Duchys 14th century
origins, when secretaries, having the relatively
rare ability to read and write, were among the
very closest aides of monarchs and members of the Royal family.
Martina Milburn, Chief Executive, The Princes Trust
The woman who runs the Princes oldest and
best-known charity, which helps 40,000 young
people each year to pay for vocational training so that they can find work.
Ms Milburn, 56, started out as a journalist and
worked as a researcher for BBC television
programmes including Blue Peter before changing
tack and working for charities including CAFOD.
A former chief executive of the BBCs Children in
Need appeal, she moved to her current role in
2004 and was awarded the CBE last year for services to charity.
Debs Goodenough, Head Gardener, Highgrove
As the person in charge of the Princes beloved
15 acre garden at Highgrove, Debs Goodenough
arguably knows better than any other employee
just what makes the Prince of Wales tick.
Since she was hired five years ago, the Prince
has also put her in overall charge of his organic
gardens at Birkhall in Scotland and at Clarence House.
The 52-year-old Canadian, who previously worked
for English Heritage, has also has to make the
garden fit to withstand the 40,000 visitors it
has each year, compared to only a few hundred 20 years ago.
Not that she has to manage on her own as well
as having a team of 11 gardeners working with
her, the Prince of Wales prunes his own trees and
weeds his own flower beds when he goes home for the weekend.
* After the July 1934 Night of The Long Knives,
in which the Nazis ruthlessly exterminated their
internal dissidents, Reith wrote: I really
admire the way Hitler has cleaned up what looked
like an incipient revolt. _______________
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