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Old 07-03-2017, 09:29 AM
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She is coming along to Germany and Poland. There are 12 members of their staff going with them: Miguel Head, Rebecca Priestley née Deacon, Sir David Manning, an equerry, tour secretary, 2 logistic officers, 4 communication people and a personal assistant (likely Natasha Jackson née Archer)
i wonder how the responsibilities divide between all these people when going on tour or even when they are in the UK. to me, the line between the tour secretary and the two 2 logistic officers, for example, is quite blurry.
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Old 07-25-2017, 02:47 PM
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Miguel Head, Private Secratary to The Duke of Cambridge has been named a judge for this years Women of the Future Awards

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Old 07-26-2017, 07:45 PM
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do we know who will be replacing rebecca priestley as kate's secretary?
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Old 07-31-2017, 10:14 AM
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HRH The Duchess of Cambridge has Appointed Catherine Quinn a new Private Secretary-
https://mobile.twitter.com/RoyalRepo...09845011951616

Catherine Quinn Starts her Job in October-
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Old 07-31-2017, 11:59 AM
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A great addition to Catherine's staff. Catherine Quinn has an impressive CV

https://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/community/p...atherine-quinn
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Old 08-01-2017, 09:44 AM
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A great addition to Catherine's staff. Catherine Quinn has an impressive CV

https://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/community/p...atherine-quinn
indeed! catherine quinn seems like a great fit for the role. her resume is outstanding.

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Old 08-02-2017, 03:00 AM
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Tad surprised. IMO she seems a tad over qualified. While working in the royal household may be a great honor, such a position seems a stepping stone. To leave a position as a COO of a major college seems to be an odd career step. It would be slightly different if she was working with the foundation.

Perhaps it's just because Rebecca, girl Friday, seems to have been in a way a modern lady in waiting. And Catherine Quinn seems odd choice for that.
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Old 08-02-2017, 03:23 AM
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Tad surprised. IMO she seems a tad over qualified. While working in the royal household may be a great honor, such a position seems a stepping stone. To leave a position as a COO of a major college seems to be an odd career step. It would be slightly different if she was working with the foundation.



Perhaps it's just because Rebecca, girl Friday, seems to have been in a way a modern lady in waiting. And Catherine Quinn seems odd choice for that.


That's what I thought too. I also thought that means no more babies. I doubt she would appoint someone like that then work less hours.
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Old 08-02-2017, 03:30 AM
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Tad surprised. IMO she seems a tad over qualified. While working in the royal household may be a great honor, such a position seems a stepping stone. To leave a position as a COO of a major college seems to be an odd career step. It would be slightly different if she was working with the foundation.

Perhaps it's just because Rebecca, girl Friday, seems to have been in a way a modern lady in waiting. And Catherine Quinn seems odd choice for that.
I view the appointment very positively. Catherine Quinn will certainly not be a glorified lady in waiting. I think the appointment sends out a very strong signal that the role and the office of the Duchess of Cambridge is being beefed up. Expect to see higher profile engagements, and probably, an increasing focus on the effectiveness of the engagements as well.
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An assistant private secretary was also hired according to Richard Palmer. Clearly we're going to see a more prominent Duchess of Cambridge.
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Old 08-02-2017, 06:26 PM
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An assistant private secretary was also hired according to Richard Palmer. Clearly we're going to see a more prominent Duchess of Cambridge.
Yes, full-time royal duties is no joke and the proper assistance is needed.
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I view the appointment very positively. Catherine Quinn will certainly not be a glorified lady in waiting. I think the appointment sends out a very strong signal that the role and the office of the Duchess of Cambridge is being beefed up. Expect to see higher profile engagements, and probably, an increasing focus on the effectiveness of the engagements as well.
Kate's role may be beefed up but the role of her secratary is not. It will be busier certainly, but the job description is the same. They are basically her personal assistant, accompanying her to events, organizing her schedule, over seeing correspondence and doing leg work for her on assignments. The fact she will have two now speaks to the change. The work load will be heavier, not different.

I think it's positive for Kate. It was Catherine who seems to be an odd choice. To go from being a COO of a business school at Oxford, to a personal assistant seems an odd career step. I'm ways it seems backwards. Working as a royal secratary for a few years is great for a resume and could lead to bigger jobs like Catherine works.

Perhaps at 58 she has chosen to slow down a bit. It may be a busier schedule for Kate, but for Catherine may be a slower pace. She is a few years fro, retirement age, and an empty nester. May be she chose a slower pace and working with the royals, as a way to end her career.

The age difference also seems off. But maybe she wasn't wanting to risk losing another to marriage. Having to travel with Kate can't be easy on personal life.
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I was very surprised when I heard the appointment. I couldn't understand how someone, with Mrs Quinn's experience and high caliber positions, would, IMHO, take a backward step in their career. When reading her background, it became very clear that Mrs Quinn has exceptional skills in leadership, especially in the modernisation and revitalisation of "old-school" establishments.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have always struck me as a couple who wish to modernise the way business is conducted in BRF - a lot like CP Frederick and CP Mary of Denmark. Mrs Quinn's appointment would show how serious they are.

I also couldn't see Mrs Quinn accepting the position if it was marketed as a "glorified lady-in-waiting". The Duchess of Cambridge would have had to sell the position as Chief of Staff, not a flower-posy and gift collector.
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Old 08-03-2017, 12:48 AM
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I imagine she likely has connections to a strong network of philanthropists- business school deans at top schools almost always do- and that could be a factor- leveraging her network as the Royal Foundation expands its work.
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I was very surprised when I heard the appointment. I couldn't understand how someone, with Mrs Quinn's experience and high caliber positions, would, IMHO, take a backward step in their career. When reading her background, it became very clear that Mrs Quinn has exceptional skills in leadership, especially in the modernisation and revitalisation of "old-school" establishments.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have always struck me as a couple who wish to modernise the way business is conducted in BRF - a lot like CP Frederick and CP Mary of Denmark. Mrs Quinn's appointment would show how serious they are.

I also couldn't see Mrs Quinn accepting the position if it was marketed as a "glorified lady-in-waiting". The Duchess of Cambridge would have had to sell the position as Chief of Staff, not a flower-posy and gift collector.
I doubt she will do the lady-in-waiting kind of things. Rebecca was kind of a private secretary+lady-in-waiting+assistant hybrid but I think it will be more different roles from now on. I think Kate will have some kind of assistant doing the lady-in-waiting things and her private secretary doing soley that kind of work.
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Old 08-03-2017, 02:11 PM
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CAtherine Quinn is taking on a senior role - same as Jamie Lowther Pinkerton. He wasnt into collecting flowers and soft toys.
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