National Gallery Trustees x 2

Body: The National Gallery
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: Normally central London.
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: The posts are unpaid but reasonable travel expenses may be claimed.
Time Requirements: 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, an additional time commitment will also be required to attend meetings of and Chair the Development committee, or Board of the National Gallery Company, as appropriate .


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

The Prime Minister has appointed Douglas Gurr as a Trustee of the National Gallery for a term of four years, commencing on 23 January 2019.

Date: 30/01/2019

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Vacancy Description

The National Gallery (“the Gallery”) is a charity and Non–Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The Gallery seeks two new Trustees for appointment in Autumn 2018.

The Gallery is a public museum with a uniquely important collection of pictures which it holds for the benefit of all. It constitutes a living legacy of humanity’s highest cultural achievements in painting and is an inestimable resource for understanding the world as we have inherited it. Established in 1824, the Gallery’s statutory responsibilities including caring for and adding to the collection, displaying the collection to the public and making it available for purpose of research and study, and generally promoting the public’s enjoyment and understanding of painting and fine art.

Millions of people visit the Gallery each year, and many more are reached online. From its inception, it has been free for all to visit and the Gallery believes that free admission represents a commitment to the public which must be reaffirmed and developed.

With the bi-centenary of the Gallery approaching in 2024, the Director and Trustees have published a five year strategic plan, which sets out the following strategic objectives:

  • To expand significantly the Gallery’s programmes and activities and work more with contemporary artists. Museum learning will be central to the Gallery’s ambition to foster engagement with the public;
  • To acquire major paintings and to build up the collection in little-represented or unrepresented areas of the history of art;
  • To create a National Gallery with digital at its heart, to reflect a more digital world;
  • To share the Gallery’s pictures with people across the UK and to share its  expertise to support regional museums;
  • To invest in and develop the Gallery’s research capabilities in order to be an intellectual leader in the fields of technical art history and conservation science;
  • To make significant investment in the Gallery’s staff and undertake a major infrastructure project to accommodate them on a single site, the One Gallery Accommodation Hub; and
  • To grow income with the aim of being 50% self-funded by 2022/3.

Further information about the Gallery (including a list of current Trustees) can be found on its website at

The role of the Board of the Gallery includes responsibility for the Gallery’s statutory functions; the provision of overall leadership and development of strategy. It ensures that high standards of corporate governance are maintained and that the Gallery has effective control systems, decision-making processes and management in place. The Board complements the executive by providing support and advice while also, where necessary, challenging the status quo.

The Board consists at any time of 12 to 14 Trustees, one of whom is appointed by the Board of Tate and the remainder by the Prime Minister. The Gallery wishes to draw its Trustees from as diverse a range of backgrounds as possible.

Person Specification

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.

How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • A CV of no more than two sides of A4; this should provide details of your education and qualifications, employment history, directorships, membership of professional bodies and details of any publications or awards;
  • A supporting statement of not more than two sides of A4, setting out how you meet the criteria – please make sure you refer to the contents of this document; and
  • The conflicts of Interest Form and the Diversity Form. The Diversity Form will be kept separately from your application and Conflicts of Interest Form, and will not be seen by the selection panel in order to meet the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments.

Completed applications should be sent to before 11pm on Monday 8 October 2018. Please put ‘National Gallery Trustee Application’ in the subject line and specify which of the two roles you are interested in.

Alternatively, they can be posted to Patrick Driscoll, DCMS, 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ.

To talk to someone about the public appointments process, please contact the DCMS Public Appointments team at

To talk to someone about the trustee roles at the National Gallery please contact Kate Howe, Secretary to the Board on 020 7747 2801 or by email to

OCPA-July-2018-Monitoring-Form- FINAL
Conflicts of Interest Form 2018
COI Guidance - Charitable Museums and Galleries
Code of Conduct for Board Members April 2011
OCPA Complaints Procedure (2016)
National Gallery SoS Letter
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