A NEW chief executive has been picked to lead regeneration plans at Alexandra Palace.

Duncan Wilson OBE will oversee the merger of the landmark's trading company and charitable trust, as part of wider plans to develop the site as an entertainment and leisure attraction.

Mr Wilson come to Haringey on the back of nine years in charge of the Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College, turning it into one of the UK's most visited tourist attractions.

Councillor Matt Cooke, chairman of the board of trustees at the palace, welcomed the appointment, saying: “We are delighted that Duncan Wilson is to join us as Ally Pally’s new chief executive. This new role will be central in helping steer the future course for the palace.

“With Duncan’s proven leadership and strong background in both the heritage and leisure sectors, he is ideally placed to ensure that the right balance is found between preserving its history and integrity, whilst attracting the vital commercial investment we need.”

Mr Wilson said he was “excited” by his appointment, and added: “There are huge challenges ahead, but there is also a real determination to meet them, and ensure a sustainable future for this iconic place.”