Apply to be a Trustee of the National Gallery

The National Gallery is looking for two new Trustees to join the Board of the Gallery during the autumn of 2018.  Appointments to the Board are made by the Prime Minister.

All trustees of the Gallery are expected to demonstrate:

  • A love of paintings and a commitment to the Gallery’s strategic plan;
  • An understanding of the importance to the Gallery of fundraising and a commitment to support such activity;
  • Excellent judgment and the ability to contribute to Board discussion and strategy and policy development;
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to represent and advocate for the Gallery;
  • The ability to work collaboratively with other Trustees and senior management of the Gallery; and
  • That they share the Gallery’s commitment to diversity and equality, in relation to audience development and employment practices.

In addition, for these vacancies, the Gallery wishes to appoint:-

Trustee 1

An individual with outstanding connections with business and commerce, to Chair the Gallery’s Development Committee, whose remit is to support the Gallery’s Development department in increasing funding from the corporate sector, by securing corporate sponsors and members.

Trustee 2

An individual with significant senior commercial experience (at executive board level) to chair the Board of the National Gallery Company, a trading company whose profits support the National Gallery and whose trading operations include retail (including e- commerce), venue hire, publishing, image and brand licensing and catering.

Trustees are expected to attend 6 Board meetings a year and an annual strategy day. Additional time will be required to study papers and to attend events at the Gallery.

In relation to the roles now being advertised, chairing the Gallery’s Development Committee or the National Gallery Company (as appropriate) will require an additional time commitment.

Trustees are unpaid but reasonable travel expenses may be claimed.

A term of up to four years will be offered.

How to apply

For details of how to apply and to download an application pack please go to the Cabinet Office, Centre for Public Appointments.

Applications will close on 24 September 2018

For more information about the public appointments process, please contact the DCMS Public Appointments team at

To talk to someone about trustee roles at the National Gallery please contact Kate Howe, Secretary to the Board, on 0207 747 2801 or by email to

The National Gallery and DCMS aspire to diversity in public appointments and operate an equal opportunities policy. Appointments are made on merit and are regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.