Tate Youth Engagement Trustee

Body: Tate
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
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 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.


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

The Prime Minister has appointed Anna Lowe as the Youth Engagemement Trustee at the Tate for a term of four years; commencing on 1 March 2019.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    11/03/2019 at 10:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Tate is looking for a trustee dedicated to bringing the views and experiences of the next generation to the highest level of its decision-making process.

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

Lionel Barber (Chair)

John Akomfrah*

Dexter Dalwood

Tim Davie

Jayne-Anne Gadhia

Jane Wilson*

Moya Greene

John Booth

Michael Lynton

Dame Seona Reid

Roland Rudd

James Timpson

Stephen Witherford*

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


*Artist Trustee


The Role of the Board

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

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 they may be appointed to.

The executive leadership of Tate rests with the Director and Accounting Officer Dr Maria Balshaw 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. A Trustee should be prepared to work with the Director and Tate staff to facilitate a free exchange of advice.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria:

The Trustee will bring the knowledge and experience that will help Tate meet the opportunities and challenges of engaging with diverse, younger audiences.

The successful candidate will:

  • show a demonstrable interest in art, audiences and Tate’s work;
  • be a creative thinker, with practical experience of working and connecting with younger audiences;
  • demonstrate high-level understanding of digital technology and how this could be used strategically to connect Tate to diverse audiences;
  • have experience of leading and delivering initiatives working with younger audiences; and
  • have strong communication skills and the ability to represent the views and ideas of young people through contribution to Board-level discussion.


Desirable Criteria:

  • experience of entrepreneurship in the social, cultural or creative industries sectors; and
  • a strong commitment to equal opportunities and diversity.



Additional Information

Tate holds the national collection of British art and of international modern and contemporary art, currently comprising over 75,000 works (excluding library and archive items).  It comprises four galleries: Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives and has a significant digital, national and international presence.

Tate is an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Digital, 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 of 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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). It raises the majority of its revenue through 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;
  • National and global partnerships.

In 2017-18, 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 2017-18 was £149,186,000. Of this amount, £116,894,000 was applied to ongoing operations, £8,488,000 to the ongoing capital programmes, and £22,807,000 to Collection acquisitions.


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 before 111pm on 12 November 2018. Please put ‘Tate Youth Engagement Trustee’ in the subject title. Alternatively, they can be posted to Public Appointments Team, 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ.

For queries in relation to Tate, further information on the role or questions regarding the Public Appointments process, please contact Samuel Jones, Secretary to the Board of Trustees, on 0207 887 8888 or email trustee.appointments@tate.org.uk, or contact the DCMS Public Appointments team at publicappointments@culture.gov.uk

The following advice is designed to assist candidates with the application process:

  • Study carefully information that you have about the role of a Tate Trustee;
  • Visit Tate’s website at tate.org.uk;
  • Read the section of this briefing pack entitled ‘Person Specification’ before applying; you will need to clearly evidence how you meet the criteria for this role;
  • You may submit your application by email or by post. All applications will be acknowledged on receipt;
  • To help us with copying your application for the Appointment Panel please type or use black ink and do not use staples.

Appointments are made on merit, and the process is regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.  More detail, including the regulations that appointing bodies are required to follow, is available at the OCPA website:


Tate SoS Letter
Conflicts of Interest Form 2018
OCPA-July-2018-Monitoring-Form- FINAL
COI Guidance - Charitable Museums and Galleries
OCPA Complaints Procedure (2016)
Privacy Notice- Public Appointments 2018 - applicants
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