The Palace Trust has welcomed Merryn Kidd as its new chief executive officer.
An experienced business strategist, Ms Kidd previously held roles with the Trust including chief operating officer and director of transformation.
She intends to use these skills to engage the community and trim the carbon footprint of The Bishop's Palace & Gardens in Wells.
"We are thrilled to appoint Merryn to lead The Palace Trust through an exciting period of transformation," stated Roger Hawes, chair of The Palace Trust.
"With her huge passion, extensive experience and dedication to the organisation, we are confident in her ability to achieve real change and guide the future strategy of the Trust to ensure that this important site remains a vibrant and integral part of our community."
Ms Kidd expressed excitement at her appointment: "I am deeply honoured to be given this opportunity to lead such an incredible team in this wonderful place.
"For many people, visitors and locals alike, The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens holds a very special place in their hearts and memories, and I am committed to ensuring that the site is preserved, and shared, so that it will continue to inspire and touch the lives of many; now and for future generations."
Since March 2023, as interim chief executive, she oversaw the opening of the 'Community Access for All' gate, new solar panels on the café, office space creation in the Gatehouse and the visitor reception and shop.