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Our structure

The Gallery has charitable status, and is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The Director acts as the Accounting Officer.

The Gallery is governed by a Board of Trustees, who hold the pictures in trust on behalf of the nation.

Under the overall leadership of the Director, the Gallery’s employees work across the following structure:

  • Collections and Research: Art Handling, Conservation, Curatorial, Framing, Photography and Imaging, Registrars, Research Centre and Scientific.
  • Chief Operating Officer: Building and Facilities, Finance, Human Resources and Operations.
  • Development: Corporate & Sponsorship, Development Operations, Events, Major Gifts and Legacies, Patrons and Principal Gifts.
  • Digital Innovation and Technology: Audio Visual, Data & Insight, Digital Services and Information Services and Project Management
  • Public Engagement: Audio Visual, Creative, Digital Services, Exhibitions, Learning and National Programmes, Marketing and Insight and Press and Public Relations.

The Gallery currently employs approximately 350 full-time and part-time employees. A significant portion of the Gallery’s services is handled by a range of commercial partners, who provide in-house and front-of-house services. The Gallery is supported by the activities of the National Gallery Global Ltd, a commercial entity which contributes financially to the National Gallery. It is owned and operated by the National Gallery Trust, an independent Trust which generates and manages additional charitable contributions to the National Gallery .