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Board of Trustees

At any one time the Gallery has not less than 12 and not more than 14 Trustees. One is appointed by Tate from its own Board. The others are appointed by the Prime Minister, after an open process of selection, which is conducted in accordance with the Code of the Office of the Commissioner of Public Appointments. Currently, appointments are generally made for a term of four years and may be renewed.

Current Trustees

 

John Booth (Chairman)

John is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who chairs a number of public and private companies including Maintel plc and the London Theatre Company. He also serves as a non-executive director of several investment management businesses and has a range of venture capital interests in e-commerce, media and telecommunications. He is Chairman of The Prince’s Trust and Pallant House Gallery and a trustee of Chatsworth House and the Arts Foundation. John read Modern Languages at Oxford University where is a Fellow of Merton College and chairs the Development Board. He is an ambassador for the homelessness charity Depaul International, a Deputy Lieutenant for West Sussex and sits on the Honours Committee.

  • John joined the Board in February 2021 as the Tate liaison Trustee.  He was appointed to the National Gallery Board and as Chairman in August 2021.



Catherine Goodman LVO 

Artist, educator and the Founding Artistic Director of the Royal Drawing School, which she co-established with HRH The Prince of Wales in 2000. Goodman trained at Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts and at the Royal Academy Schools. She is represented by Marlborough Fine Art. Her numerous solo exhibitions include ‘Portraits from Life’ at the National Portrait Gallery in 2014, Hauser & Wirth Somerset and Marlborough Gallery New York in 2019. Her paintings are held in private and public collections including the National Portrait Gallery, the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge and the Royal Collection Trust. In 1987 she won the Royal Academy Gold Medal and in 2002, First Prize in the BP Portrait Award.

  • Appointed 1 November 2019



Katrin Henkel

Katrin Henkel

Dealt in Old Master drawings for 30 years and was a partner at Colnaghi until the Gallery was sold in 2015. She sits on the Visiting Committee of the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the past she has been a Trustee of IntoUniversity and Sir John Soane’s Museum, served on the Executive Committee of the Society of London Art Dealers, and was previously a member of the boards of the Royal Drawing School and the Fine Art Fund.

  • Appointed 29 March 2016

 

 

Sir John Kingman KCB FRS

Sir John Kingman, Trustee, The National Gallery

John Kingman was appointed as Chairman of Legal & General Group plc from October 24, 2016. John is also Chairman of Tesco Bank and non-executive Chair of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which oversees the strategic direction of science and innovation funding in the UK, with a budget of over £8bn a year.

John has had a long Whitehall career; as Second Permanent Secretary to HM Treasury, he had responsibility for the Treasury’s economics ministry functions for policy relating to business, financial services and infrastructure. He was closely involved in the UK response to the financial crisis, handling the resolution of Northern Rock and leading negotiations with RBS, Lloyds and HBOS on their £37bn recapitalisation. He was the first Chief Executive of UK Financial Investments Ltd (UKFI). From 2010-12, John was Global Co-Head of the Financial Institutions Group at Rothschild.

John is Deputy Chair of the National Gallery, a Trustee of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, a member of the Trilateral Commission and a World Fellow of Yale University. He chaired the judges for the 2017 Wolfson Economics Prize, a £250,000 prize awarded for the best solution to a public policy problem. In 2018 he undertook an independent review for the UK Government of the Financial Reporting Council. In 2021, John was awarded Fellow of the Royal Society.

  • Appointed 3 April 2017

Rosemary Leith

Rosemary Leith

Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University and a Founding Director of the World Wide Web Foundation. She is a member of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Non-Executive Director of YouGov plc, past Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Internet Security and a member of a number of advisory boards both in technology and academia, including Infinite Analytics, Wolfson College, Oxford and Queen's University School of Business, Canada. Previously Trustee of the Almeida Theatre (2002–10) she has a background in finance, principal investment and start-up creation and sale in Europe, the UK, Canada and the USA.

  • Appointed 29 March 2016



David Marks

David Marks Trustee

Has worked in the property industry for over thirty years. He co-founded Brockton Capital in 2005; the firm has raised over £1.50bn of equity across three separate property funds since 2006 and currently manages a £4.0bn UK property portfolio. Prior to co-founding Brockton, David worked at The Blackstone Group (2001-2005, in London) and JLL (1989-99, in London and New York). He has been involved in transactions totalling £8.5bn ($10.5bn) while at both Brockton Capital and Blackstone. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Politics & Modern History from the University of Manchester and a Master’s degree in Real Estate from MIT, Boston. He was President of the BPF (British Property Federation) for a one year term from 2013–14. 

  • Appointed 13 March 2017



Tonya Nelson

Trustee Tonya Nelson

Tonya Nelson is currently London Area Director at Arts Council England. She joined the Arts Council when she was appointed to be the first Director of Arts Technology and Innovation in 2019. Tonya was seconded to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in 2017 where she co-authored the policy report Culture is Digital. She is Chair of the International Council of Museums (UK) and advises on cultural projects around the world including the new Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway; Obama Presidential Centre in Chicago, USA; and Ministry of Saudi Arabia’s cultural development plan. She also sits on the board trustees of The National Gallery. In addition, Tonya is a member of Christie’s Art World Professional Advisory Group. She was formerly Director of Museums and Cultural Programmes at University College London (UCL). Prior to entering the cultural sector, she was a barrister and management consultant in Washington, DC where she grew up.

  • Appointed 2 July 2018



Stuart Roden 

Until January 2019 he was Chairman of Lansdowne Partners and Chairman of the Management Committee having previously co-managed the Developed Markets funds since their inception in 2001. He is non-Executive Chairman of both Hetz Ventures and Tresidor Investment Management, Chairman of Unlocking Potential and a trustee of various third sector organisations including The Centre for Social Justice, Jewish Care and The Rabbi Sacks Foundation. He is also the non-executive Chairman of the Investment Committee of Marylebone Partners LLP and Chairman of the Jewish Care and Oxford Centre for Jewish and Hebrew Studies Investment Committees. In 1984, Stuart joined SG Warburg & Co, he worked at McKinsey and was a Managing Director of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers.

  • Appointed 1 November 2019 

 

Molly Stevens

Professor within the Departments of Materials and Bioengineering at Imperial College London. She is currently the Director of the UK Regenerative Medicine Platform focussed on smart materials and is also on the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society and President of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Division of Materials Chemistry. Her research has been recognised by over twenty awards, including the EU40 Award for best materials scientist under 40 in Europe and the 2017 Harrison Medal from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.

  • Appointed 2 July 2018