Historic Royal Palaces has appointed Patricia Corbett as Head of Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland. Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity also responsible for the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Banqueting House and Kew Palace, took over the management of Hillsborough Castle from the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) in April.
01 September 2014
A Belfast resident, Patricia was educated at the University of Ulster and has enjoyed a long and varied career in the Northern Ireland Civil Service. Most recently, she was a Director at the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety. Prior to this, Patricia was seconded from the Department of Finance and Personnel to the Northern Ireland Office as Hillsborough Castle Project Director. Patricia's remit in this new role for Historic Royal Palaces is to lead the development and conservation of the Hillsborough Castle site, to make it more welcoming and accessible for the widest possible audience, whilst ensuring that the Castle continues to fulfil its role as the official royal residence for Her Majesty The Queen in Northern Ireland and residence for the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
Patricia Corbett, Head of Hillsborough Castle said: "I am delighted to take up this new role at a very exciting time for Hillsborough Castle. I look forward to overseeing the long-term development plans which aim to open up this beautiful historic property and its gardens for the benefit of the whole community."
Patricia Corbett has enjoyed a long and varied career in the Northern Ireland Civil Service; most recently serving as HR Director in the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety. In 2012 Patricia was seconded to the Northern Ireland Office as Hillsborough Castle Project Director. The objective of the Project was to transfer the responsibility for the care, conservation and presentation to the public of the Castle from government to a charity. Prior to this she played a lead role in one of the most significant projects in the Northern Ireland Civil Service to reform the delivery of HR services to 28,000 civil servants. Patricia has an MSc in Business Improvement and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management, both from the University of Ulster.
About Hillsborough Castle
Hillsborough Castle was built in the late 18th century by Wills Hill, First Marquis of Downshire, and was the principal seat in Ireland of the Marquesses of Downshire for over 200 years until it passed into public ownership in the 1920s. It remains the official royal residence of Her Majesty The Queen in Northern Ireland and residence for the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
The Castle is surrounded by 98 acres of beautiful gardens developed from the 1760s onwards, featuring ornamental grounds, woodland and waterways.
Hillsborough Castle is currently open for guided tours on selected days from April to September. For visitor information including ticket prices, please visit http://www.hrp.org.uk/aboutus/whoweare/hillsborough-castle/visitor-information
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Guided tours of Hillsborough Castle (duration: approx. 1 hour)
5 April – 28 September: every weekend (closed on Bank Holidays including Easter Sunday) Tours take place at the following times: Saturday: 11:00, 12:30, 14:00, 15:30; Sunday: 12:30, 14:00, 15:30. 1 – 31 August, closed on Bank Holidays. Monday to Friday: 12:30, 14:00
Hillsborough Castle Gardens are open daily from 10:30 – 17:00 from 5 April – 28 September, but closed on Bank Holidays.
Garden tours (1 hr 30 mins approx.) are also available, please book 48 hours in advance (minimum tour 20 people).
To book, please call 028 9268 1300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace. It aims to help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built.
Historic Royal Palaces raises all its own funds and depends on the support of its visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. Registered charity number 1068852. For more information visit www.hrp.org.uk