Charing Palace Trust

The Trust was formed as a charity in June 2017 with a view to restoring, reviving and revitalising Charing Palace for the benefit of the community.  Despite a favourable Viability Study and Project Scoping exercise in 2018 funded by the Architectural Heritage Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund the project stalled.  Unfortunately, by October 2019 it was becoming increasingly unlikely that we would be able to achieve our objectives and, as a consequence, in May 2021 the trustees decided to wind up the project and applied to remove the trust from the charity register.

Our charitable objects
  1. To advance the education of the public in the history and architectural heritage of the county of Kent, in particular Charing and its locality, in particular but not exclusively by preserving the architectural and constructional heritage in and around the former archbishop’s palace in Charing.
  2. Such charitable purposes for the public benefit as are exclusively charitable according to the laws of England and Wales as the trustees shall from time to time determine.
Our registered address

Seymour, The Hill, Charing, Ashford, Kent TN27 0LU

Our Trustees

Keith Adams

Keith is a Chartered Engineer with considerable experience in project and engineering management. As Head of Engineering he was responsible for large multidisciplinary construction and development projects. After obtaining an MBA he moved into general management, being responsibly for Human Resource, Finance, IT, Procurement and Commercial Exploitation functions.

After taking early retirement he set-up, in conjunction with his partner, a consultancy specialising in Organisation and People Development.

As Chair of the Trust Keith is able to use both his project and people management experience.

Keith has two children and five grandchildren and has a passion for the music of New Orleans.

Stephen Jones

Stephen is a marketing professional specialising in partnership and customer relationship marketing.

His international experience spans the industrial services, technology, professional services, travel, logistics, market research, precision engineering and not-for-profit sectors.

His focus for our Trust in the Charing Palace Project is on how we communicate with our key audiences.

David Mortlock

David has over 40 years of experience in local government finance, covering financial planning, grant funding, capital / revenue strategies and budgets. He has also advised organisations on performance improvements and management.

His focus will be on ensuring there is good financial planning and submitting bids for grant funding.

Jo’anne Munro

Jo’anne’s working life has been mainly in finance with London and International Architectural Partnerships.

Her great experience of monitoring small to multimillion-pound projects around the world gives her, as the Treasurer to Charing Palace Project, the necessary insight into the complexities of large project accounting.

Tylden Reed

Tylden has been a prominent member of Charing society since moving here with his business in the early 1970s.

A long-term and passionate advocate for a restored and revived Archbishop’s Palace, Tylden’s understanding of the Palace, together with his knowledge of planning systems and wide network of contacts throughout Kent will enable us to progress the project efficiently and help us develop our links with key partners and with local and regional government.

Carol Wadsworth Jones

Carol is a legal professional experienced in private practice and legal education. A former partner in a City of London law firm, and associate professor and director of programmes at the University of Law, Carol’s role as Secretary to the Charing Palace Trust is to ensure our legal compliance.

How we’re organised
Charing Palace Trust

Main image: The Apartments and Great Hall – Courtesy of Harold Trill

NCVO Member