Tate - International Business Trustee

Body: Tate
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Charity & Public Sector
Location: Board meetings are generally held in Central London although may occasionally be held in Liverpool or St Ives
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: Not remunerated. Reasonable and fully documented expenses are reimbursed
Time Requirements: The likely total time commitment is the equivalent of two days per month


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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    14/07/2017 at 15:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Campaign deadline extended (from 24 March to 7 April 2017). Campaign deadline extended again (from 7 April to 21 April 2017). Campaign reopened on 27 June until 14 July 2017.


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The role is to replace The Lord Browne of Madingley, Tate’s Chairman, who will retire on 31 July 2017.

Following Lord Browne’s departure, Trustees will elect one of their number Chair. The incoming Trustee will have the opportunity to put themselves forward for the role as part of this process.

The role of the Board of Trustees is to:

● Determine policy and establish the overall strategic direction of Tate within the policy and resource framework available;

● Supervise the management of Tate by acting as guardians of the public interest;

● Use the combined expertise of members to advise the Director;

● Decide on major acquisitions and major resource commitments;

● Represent Tate externally and assist in the fundraising of resources; and

● Oversee the delivery of planned results by monitoring performance against objectives and targets.

A Trustee must participate in the Board’s decision making processes, including preparation for, and attendance at, meetings of the Board, as well the Board’s Sub-Committees that the Trustee may be appointed to.

The executive leadership of Tate rests with the Director and Accounting Officer Maria Balshaw CBE and members of the Executive Group who are responsible for carrying out the day to day running of the galleries within the strategic direction set by the Board of Trustees.

The role would involve attending six half day Board meetings per annum (plus two working dinners for Trustees and the Director hosted by the Chairman). Board meetings are generally held in central London, apart from one meeting each year held in Liverpool or St Ives and an annual Trustee away day. Trusteeship also typically involves serving on a number of Sub-Committees of the Board, the meetings of which are likely to amount to between five and eight a year. More information on the Sub-Committees can be found at: http://www.tate.org.uk/about/who-we- are/board-of- trustees/sub-committees

The role also involves attending and hosting Tate events and other engagements such as openings and dinners and the annual conference for Tate non-executives. Some additional time to study papers and provide ad hoc advice will be required as necessary.

The likely total time commitment is the equivalent of two days per month.

A Trustee should have commitment to its objectives and values, and be willing to champion Tate.

A Trustee should be prepared to work with the Director and Tate staff to facilitate a free exchange of advice.

A Trustee must be prepared to declare and actively manage any pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests upon appointment and whenever a matter arises in which the Trustee has an interest which might be perceived to conflict with those of Tate. To this end, Trustees are required to complete and submit an annual declaration of interests.

Trustees are required to understand and embrace the seven principles of public life as defined by the Nolan Committee. These are selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

The law places certain restrictions on becoming a charity trustee. These are set out in Section 3.1 of the Charity Commission Essential Trustee Guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/451020/CC3.pdf

Person Specification

Candidates should be able to demonstrate the following abilities and attributes:

  • Global reputation and networks acquired through senior leadership roles in private, public or third sector;
  • A successful track-record as the leader and manager of a complex organisation;
  • International prominence and standing in the public realm;
  • Experience of a non-executive role at the highest level of the not-for- profit section or in the arts with a strong record of fundraising;
  • A strong interest and commitment to contemporary and visual art; and
  • A commitment to Tate’s values.

Additional Information

Tate holds the national Collection of British art and of international modern and contemporary art, currently comprising over 72,000 works. It is a family of four galleries: Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives and has a significant digital presence.

Tate is an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and an Exempt Charity. It is governed by a Board of Trustees in accordance with the Museums and Galleries Act 1992. Its aim is to increase the public’s understanding and enjoyment of British art and international modern and contemporary art by:

  • Making the Collection available to the public;
  • Adding to the Collection;
  • Extending the public knowledge and understanding of British, modern and contemporary art;
  • Caring for the Collection; and
  • Researching the Collection.

Tate receives Grant-in-Aid funding from Parliament, provided through the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Tate raises the majority of its revenue from self-generated income from:

  • Admission to temporary exhibitions;
  • Tate’s relationship with sponsors and corporate members, donors, patrons and members; and
  • Tate Enterprises Limited which is Tate’s trading arm comprising catering, retail, publishing, product development, picture library and licensing.

In 2015-16, 70% of Tate’s income was self-generated. This is a tremendous strength but means that Tate must be conscious of the economic climate and fluctuations in visitor numbers.

Total income for 2015-16 was £156,083,000. Of this amount, £84,150,000 was applied to ongoing operations, £59,113,000 to the ongoing capital programmes, and £12,820,000 to Collection acquisitions.

Board of Trustees

Tate has fourteen Trustees. Thirteen are appointed by the Prime Minister and one is appointed by the National Gallery Board from among the members of that Board. At least three Trustees must be practising artists.

Current Trustees of the Tate Gallery

The Lord Browne of Madingley (Chairman)

John Akomfrah*

Lionel Barber (Senior Trustee)

Dexter Dalwood

Tim Davie

Jayne-Anne Gadhia

Mala Gaonkar

Moya Greene

Maja Hoffmann

Lisa Milroy*

Seona Reid

Michael Lynton

James Timpson

Stephen Witherford*

More information on our current Trustees can be found on Tate’s website:


*Artist Trustee

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;
  • 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: publicappointments@culture.gov.uk. Please put ‘Tate Trustee – International Business’ in the subject title. Alternatively, they can be posted to Tarjit Chal, 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ.

Further Information and Queries

For queries in relation to Tate, further information on the role or questions regarding the Public Appointments process, please contact either:

Effie Koliou, Governance and Policy Manager, on 0207 887 8011 or email trustee.appointments@tate.org.uk; or

Tarjit Chal, in the DCMS Public Appointments team on 020 7211 6644 or by email on publicappointments@culture.gov.uk

TATE - Ministerial Message to Candidates
OCPA-2017-Diversity Monitoring-Form
Conflicts of Interest Form
OCPA Complaints Procedure (2016)
COI Guidance for Charitable Museums and Galleries
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