Kensington Palace has a new hire and she’ll be front and center when it comes to Duchess Kate’s affairs. The Duchess of Cambridge has appointed Catherine Quinn as her private secretary and chief of staff. Quinn, 58, is currently the chief operating officer and associate dean for administration at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, where she also finished her MBA. Quinn starts her new job in October.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has appointed Catherine Quinn as her Private Secretary. Ms. Quinn pic.twitter.com/O6VZiupyAP— Royal Woman (@vaninaswchindt) August 1, 2017
The Lancashire-born professional has held past positions at The Middle Temple and the Wellcome Trust. At the Wellcome Trust, she led the charitable foundation by restructuring operations and spearheading the establishment of a sister organization in India. Moving to The Middle Temple, she acted as chief executive and was one of the four Inns of Court. Quinn is on the board of four organizations, namely, the Royal British Legion, the National Memorial Arboretum, the Met
As private secretary, Quinn will be in charge of the Duchess of Cambridge’s office. Her job will also cover the handling of the Duchess’ official programs and organization of the royal's charitable passions. The right-hand woman will be fairly visible during affairs including royal engagements and overseas tours.
The appointment comes after the Duchess’ former secretary Rebecca Priestly handed in her notice early this March after 10 years with the royal family. Along with Priestly, the Queen’s private secretary Sir Christopher Geidt resigned his post back in July. The retirement of Prince Philip also comes into play as Prince William and Duchess Kate will step in for more royal engagements.
Considering the recent changes, it has been concluded that the palace is undergoing a restructuring.