The Duchy Council

The Chancellor has delegated certain duties relating to the assets of the Duchy of Lancaster to the Duchy Council.

The Council is responsible to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and the Chancellor to the Sovereign, for the Duchy’s affairs. Appointments to the Council are made by The Queen on the recommendation of the Chancellor.

The Council meets five times a year. Members of the Council include two ex-officio appointments: the Receiver General of the Duchy, who is Keeper of the Privy Purse, and the Clerk of the Council, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Duchy of Lancaster. Other Council members are chosen for their particular business skills, or for their links with the County Palatine. The Chancellor appoints one member of the Council to act as Chairman of the Council.

The current members are:

Sir Mark Hudson KCVO (Chairman of the Council)

Mark Hudson was appointed Chairman of the Council of the Duchy of Lancaster in January 2015 and has been a member of the Council since June 2006. Mark is a former President of the Country Land and Business Association and also a former Chairman of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust. He is currently Chairman of NWF Group Plc and continues to champion innovative agricultural businesses in all that he does.

Sir Alan Reid, GCVO (Receiver General)

As Keeper of the Privy Purse and Treasurer to The Queen, Alan Reid has been Receiver General of the Duchy of Lancaster since 2002.

Mr Nathan Thompson (Clerk of the Council and Chief Executive)

Nathan Thompson has been Chief Executive, Clerk of the Council, Keeper of the Records and Surveyor General of the Duchy of Lancaster since 1 August 2013.

Mr Robert Miles, QC (Attorney General)

Robert Miles was appointed Attorney General of the Duchy of Lancaster in June 2012.

Mr Chris Adcock (Executive Member of the Council)

Chris Adcock has been Chief Finance Officer of the Duchy of Lancaster since 2003. He became an executive member of the Duchy Council in July 2007.

Mr Martin Beaumont CVO (Member of the Council)

Martin Beaumont joined the Duchy of Lancaster Council in November 2007. A former Chief Executive of the Cooperative Group, he has a number of directorships and is Chairman of Chester Racecourse.

Miss Kathryn Matthews (Member of the Council)

Kathryn Matthews has been a member of the Council of the Duchy of Lancaster since January 2015.  She is a non-executive director of Rathbone Brothers Plc, Hermes Fund Managers Limited, Aperam S.A. and J P Morgan Chinese Investment Trust Plc and is Chairman of Montanaro UK Smaller Companies Investment Trust Plc and is on the board of trustees of the Nuffield Trust.

Mr Hugh Bullock (Member of the Council)

Hugh Bullock became a member of the Council of the Duchy of Lancaster in November 2015. He is currently Chairman of Gerald Eve LLP, Chartered Surveyors and Property Consultants.