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.
Hannah Rothschild (Chair)
Writer, filmmaker, and a company director. A former employee of the BBC specialising in documentary feature films, she has also written screenplays for Ridley Scott and Working Title. She is a freelance journalist and author of the biography 'The Baroness' and a novel, 'The Improbability of Love', the founder of the Artist on Film Trust, and a trustee of Waddesdon Manor and several charitable foundations. She is a non-executive board member of RIT Capital Partners and Windmill Hill Asset Management.
- Appointed 10 March 2009
- Appointed as Chair 11 August 2015
Group Chief Executive Officer of Saga, the travel, insurance and healthcare group for the over 50’s. Previously he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Domino’s Pizza Group Plc and before that held a number of senior marketing positions at Vodafone, Amazon.com and Tesco. Between 1982 and 1990 he served with the Royal Navy.
- Appointed 10 January 2011
Professor Dexter Dalwood
British artist, he has been building a strong reputation over the last decade in the UK, Europe and the United States. He studied at St Martins and the RCA and had a mid-career retrospective at Tate St Ives in 2010 for which he was nominated for the Turner prize. He is Professor of Fine Art and Design at Bath Spa University. Dexter is the National Gallery's Tate Liaison Trustee.
- Appointed 10 February 2011
Chief Executive Officer of Royal Mail Group since July 2010; responsible for management of the business and development of strategy. Prior to joining Royal Mail, she was CEO of Canada Post where she led a successful transformation programme. She has a strong track record in strategic planning, complex negotiations and relationship building in the private sector as well was a strong public sector background, developed over a 17-year period when she assumed progressively senior roles in seven different Ministries of the Canadian federal public service. Awards received include the Sunday Times Business Person of the Year Award (2013) and the Financial Times Boldness in Business Award (2014).
- Appointed 16 February 2018
Dealt in Old Master drawings for 30 years and was a partner at Colnaghi until the Gallery was sold in 2015. She is a Trustee of Sir John Soane’s Museum and has been on the Board of The Royal Drawing School since 2007. 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, served on the Executive Committee of the Society of London Art Dealers, and was previously a member of the board of The Fine Art Fund.
- Appointed 29 March 2016
Professor Anya Hurlbert
Professor of Visual Neuroscience at Newcastle University, and co-founder and Director of the University’s Institute of Neuroscience. Her research focuses on human visual perception, and has included the study of the interplay between visual neuroscience and art.
- Appointed 8 March 2010
Sir John Kingman
Appointed as Chairman of Legal & General Group plc in 2016 and is non-executive Chair of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). John was Second Permanent Secretary to HM Treasury closely involved in the UK response to the financial crisis. 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 a Trustee of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, a World Fellow of Yale University, a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology and a member of the Global Advisory Board of the Centre for Corporate Reputation, Oxford University.
- Appointed 3 April 2017
Lord King of Lothbury, KG, GBE, FBA
Served as Governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee and Financial Policy Committee from 2003-2013, having served in other capacities with the Bank since 1991. Previously an academic, he was Professor of Economics at the LSE from October 1984. Since stepping down from his office at the Bank, he has taken up the position of Professor of Economics and Law at New York University. He was made a life peer in 2013 and appointed Knight of the Garter in 2014. He is a fellow of the British Academy. He previously served as Trustee of the National Gallery between 2005 and 2009.
- Appointed 22 September 2014
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 (governing body for the trading company Raspberry Pi), 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
A chartered accountant by background, he was an investment banker from 1971 to 2002 with Kleinwort Benson, Lazard’s (Vice Chairman) and Credit Suisse First Boston (Chairman, Europe). He was Chairman of property company Hammerson plc between 2004 and 2013. He also served as vice chairman of Kingfisher plc, a non-executive director of BT, and JP Morgan Cazenove. He retired as Chairman of Lloyds of London in 2017 after serving for six years. He is currently a senior adviser to Charterhouse Capital Partners and Chairman of the Chichester Harbour Trust. Prior to joining the Board of the National Gallery, he served for 10 years on the Development Committee, which he now chairs.
- Appointed 11 October 2010
Has worked in the real estate industry for 28 years. He co-founded Brockton Capital in 2005; the firm has raised over £1.50bn of equity across three separate real estate 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 (1989-1999, in London and New York). He has been directly involved in transactions totalling £8.5bn ($10.5bn) whilst at both Brockton Capital and Blackstone. David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Politics & Modern History from the University of Manchester, UK and a Master’s degree in Real Estate from MIT, Boston. David was President of the BPF (British Property Federation) for a one year term from 2013–14. In addition, David is a member of the Bank of England’s Commercial Property Forum and the BPF Policy Committee.
- Appointed 13 March 2017
A chartered accountant by background, he has been a Director of Ludgate Investments Limited since 2004. He is Honorary Treasurer of the Friends of the National Libraries and The Walpole Society, amongst other charities. He was formerly a Trustee of the Samuel Courtauld Trust (1992-2007) and of the Art Fund (2000-11). He is joint author of 'The British as Art Collectors: From the Tudors to the Present' (2012) and author of 'A Dynasty of Dealers: John Smith and Successors 1801-1924' (2013).
- Appointed 25th June 2012
A former partner and European Chairman of Advent International, a global private equity firm, where he worked between 1993 and 2013. Previously he had consulting and board roles at McKinsey & Co Inc and Central Sheerwood Plc amongst others. He is Chairman of the City of London Sinfonia and chairs the Advisory Board of the New College of Humanities. He teaches at INSEAD and is an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College Oxford.
- Appointed 25th June 2012