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Mark Getty appointed Chairman

Mark Getty appointed Chairman of the National Gallery’s Board of Trustees

Mark Getty, appointed in August 2008

Issued June 2008

The Trustees of the National Gallery are delighted to announce that Mark Getty has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery, for a term of three years from 11 August 2008. He has served as a Trustee of the National Gallery since September 1999 and has been re-appointed for a third term of office, by the Prime Minister, to run until 10 August 2011.


Mark Getty will take over as Chairman from Peter Scott QC, who will cease to be a Trustee of the Gallery on 10 August 2008 after nine years in office. Peter Scott has served as Chairman of the Board since January 2000.

Mark Getty is the co-founder and Chairman of Getty Images, Inc. Previously he worked with Kidder Peabody in New York and then joined Hambros Bank Ltd in London in 1991. Mark Getty is also a non-executive director on the boards of several companies.

Mark Getty responded to the news saying:

I am deeply honoured to accept this appointment at the National Gallery. The Gallery is home to many of Britain’s greatest treasures and its paintings include some of the highest achievements of European art. I am pleased to become Chairman soon after the appointment of a new Director, Dr Nicholas Penny, who has a deep appreciation of those achievements, but also understands that the Gallery needs to adapt to today’s rapidly changing society and engage the next generation. I would like to add my thanks to Peter Scott for his extraordinary dedication to the National Gallery over the last nine years. We shall miss him.

Dr Nicholas Penny, Director of the National Gallery, said:

I have worked closely with Peter Scott, both in my capacity as Director and previously as a Curator of the Gallery. He has been a tireless and dedicated Chairman over the last nine years. I am delighted with the appointment of Mark Getty as his successor and greatly look forward to an equally close working relationship with him.

Peter Scott said:

Mark Getty knows the Gallery well, having served on the Board for nine years. His judgement and knowledge are much respected by the Board, and the Gallery will benefit greatly from his experience in an international and competitive field of business.

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Notes to Editors

The Board consists at any one time of 12 to 14 Trustees. All Trustees are appointed by the Prime Minister, except one, who is appointed by the Board of the Tate Gallery. The Trustees appoint one of their number to be Chairman.

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