Michael Day was CEO of Historic Royal Palaces from 2003 to 2017. He joined from the Jersey Heritage Trust, where he held the post of Director since 1987.  He started his career as a curator with the Norfolk Museums Service in 1974 before moving in 1983 to the Ironbridge Gorge Museum.  

Michael attended the Getty Leadership Institute in Berkeley, California in 1993.  He was on the faculty of the UEA Museum Leadership Programme from 1994-2011, co-directed the Nordic Museum Leadership Programme in Denmark from 2001-08 and has taught on the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme since 2007.  He has lectured and spoken at conferences around the world on cultural leadership, and historic site management and interpretation.

He is chair of the Battersea Arts Centre, and formerly a trustee of the Alnwick Garden Trust and board member of the UK’s Cultural Leadership Programme.

Michael was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Kingston University in 2010 for his work in the heritage and museums sector, and received the Museums+Heritage Outstanding Individual Achievement Award in 2015.  He was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the 2015 New Year Honours list.