The body which runs huge estates owned by the Queen in Lancashire has appointed a new chief executive.
Nathan Thompson will take over as chief executive of the Duchy of Lancaster in August when he replaces Paul Clarke who has held the role for nearly 13 years.
The chartered surveyor has held high profile property jobs including for ports operator, Forth Ports.
He said: “The Duchy of Lancaster has an impressive and diverse portfolio of assets as well as a strong team.
“I am very much looking forward to working with them and all those involved with the Duchy.”
He will also take over as clerk of the Duchy Council, the decision-making body of the Duchy, which is led by the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth.
The Duchy runs six land estates in Lancashire at Bowland, Myerscough, Salwick, Whitewell, Winmarleigh and Wyreside and operates Lancaster Castle.
Mr Clarke said he was leaving the Duchy in “healthy and robust shape and with lots of exciting opportunities ahead of it” as he prepares to step down.