Duncan Wilson is Chief Executive of Alexandra Palace and Park, one of London’s most iconic buildings. In addition to leading a successful business and overseeing the management of a 200 acre Park, Duncan is planning a major regeneration programme to bring the Palace back to its former glory.
Duncan came to Alexandra Palace from the Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College where he was responsible for the maintenance of one of Europe’s finest and most extensive groups of Baroque buildings. In this position he also initiated a programme of major open air public events, chapel concerts and dinners in the Painted Hall. In March 2010 Duncan lead the Foundation’s opening of its new state-of-the-art interpretation and education centre for the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site: “Discover Greenwich”. The centre incorporates a working commercial micro-brewery on the site of the historic 1830’s Royal Hospital brewery.
Prior to 2002, Duncan worked at Somerset House Trust where he led a project to restore its public spaces and open the site to the public from 1997. Successes included the Courtyard, fountains and ice rink, the Admiralty restaurant Terrace café and sculpture exhibitions. Prior to his work at Somerset House Trust, he worked at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) as head of Libraries Division for three years, and before that at Treasury, where he worked on the defence and industry desks.
Duncan is a chartered accountant and his first post-qualification job was as a Financial Controller at English Heritage. However, before accountancy he worked as a professional archaeologist and has a post-graduate degree in European Archaeology from Oxford University.
Over the past 10 years, Duncan has been a trustee of The Churches Conservation Trust (2008-present), a trustee of the Royal Armouries (2007-2011) and was a community governor of Corelli College (formally Kidbrooke Secondary School) from 2004-2007.
He was awarded the OBE for services to heritage in 2007.