Prince William and Kate Middleton on the hunt for royal CEO

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Kensington Palace has posted a job advert, looking for a CEO to, among other things, ‘strengthen Household culture’.
HEREFORD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 14: Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales during their visit to We Are Farming Minds charity at Kings Pitt Farm on September 14, 2023 in Hereford, England. The Prince and Princess of Wales have travelled to Hereford to visit partners of The Duchy of Cornwall; Madley Primary School’s Forest School and the We Are Farming Minds charity. (Photo by Cameron Smith/Getty Images)

The advert, posted by recruitment firm Odgers Berndtson, says the CEO would report directly to Their Royal Highnesses (THRs), Prince William and Princess Kate.

“They will be responsible for the development and implementation of TRH’s long-term strategy and continuing to strengthen a professional and collaborative Household culture.” Somewhat unsurprisingly, the job ad calls for the ability to “demonstrate discretion”.

In the four-page job description, the CEO is also required to operate as a “servant leader”, and t have “appreciation for the breadth and impact of the THRs’ work” and responsibilities. They must also be emotionally intelligent, possess a low ego and strong self-awareness.

It’s still a Monday to Friday gig, though out-of-hours may be required for time to time to meet unexpected or urgent demands. The office looks slightly different to your usual sky-rise, though – it’s Kensington Palace, with regular travel to Windsor Castle and some overseas travel as required.

Instead of corporate executives as stakeholders, it’s the King and Queen: “The CEO will serve as the strategic interface to Buckingham Palace, aligning THRs’ priorities with those in support of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty the Queen.”

According to the recent Sovereign Grant Report, Kensington Palace currently has 50 different members of staff – although their exact roles were not stated.

There’s no salary as yet, but Daily Mail understands the CEO will be paid more than William and Kate’s private secretaries. For reference, the King’s Private Secretary, Sir Clive Alderton, receives an annual salary of 205-210,000 pounds (AU$394,472 – $404,093).

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