Carisbrooke Castle Museum Trust was originally established to run the museum by HRH Princess Beatrice shortly before her death in 1944. It has recently been superseded by a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), established in 2020.

A Museum Trustee has the following obligations:

  • ensure the financial viability of the Museum
  • provide a framework of plans and policies to define the Museum’s purpose, and for monitoring achievement of its objectives
  • act as an advocate of the Museum within the community
  • provide for the safety, security and preservation of the collections
  • ensure that the Museum serves the public

When complete, the Trust consists of 12 Trustees:

4 Ex-officio
2 Nominated
6 Co-opted

Current Trustees


Mrs Gill Kennett, DL, MBE – Chairman
Mrs Gillian Burnett – Vice Chairman
Miss Rosemary Cooper
Mr Peter Ednay
Mr Malcolm Lloyd
Mrs Gioia Minghella-Giddens
Mr Peter Whiteman


A representative of the Friends of Carisbrooke Castle Museum
Mrs Anne Longford, DL representing the Lieutenancy


Rev. Stephen Sutcliffe, representing the Church of England, Parish of Newport & Carisbrooke
A representative of Newport & Carisbrooke Community Council
Mrs Helena Hewson, representing the Isle of Wight Association of Local Councils
Cllr. Jonathan Bacon, the Heritage Portfolio Holder for the Isle of Wight Council

The Board of Trustees meets quarterly, on the second Monday of March, June, September and December.

Chairman of Trustees

Mrs Judi Griffin MBE JP DL, former Chairman of Trustees, with His Excellency Mr Keiichi Hayashi, Ambassador of Japan to the United Kingdom, at the opening of the John Milne exhibition