British Museum loses Dunkels to Royal Household

Frances Dunkels has joined the Royal Household as the first ever director of PR and marketing for the Royal Collection.

Frances Dunkels has joined the Royal Household as the first ever

director of PR and marketing for the Royal Collection.



Dunkels joined this week from the British Museum, where she was most

recently head of corporate communications. She spent 20 years at the

museum in a variety of roles, moving into PR and communications in 1989.

Andrew Hamilton, head of media relations, has taken on her

responsibilities while the museum reviews the corporate communications

team.



The Royal Collection brings together over 9,000 pictures, books, pieces

of furniture, sculpture and jewellery, including the Crown Jewels.



It has been created by various members of the Royal family and is the

only major collection to receive no Government or external funding.



Simon Lewis, communications secretary to the Queen, said the decision to

appoint a director of PR was ’all part of the broader approach to

communications’ he had instigated following his secondment from Centrica

nearly two years ago.



Dunkels will also deal with issues such as the refurbishment of the

Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace.



She reports to Ted Hewlett, MD of Royal Collection Enterprises, the

trading arm of the Royal Collection which raises funds through visitor

admissions to venues such as the Palace of Holyrood House and Windsor

Castle, and associated shops at these locations. Both venues house some

of the collection.



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