Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees determines policy and, together with the Director and senior Gallery staff, sets the strategic direction for the National Portrait Gallery. It represents the Gallery externally and oversees its management, with the Trustees acting as guardians of the public interest.

The Board decides on acquisitions for the Primary Collection and major resource allocations. It monitors the Gallery’s performance and ensures the stewardship of public funds.

The National Portrait Gallery Board of Trustees has 16 members. Two of the Trustees, the President of the Royal Academy and the Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons, are ex-officio Trustees and the remaining fourteen are appointed by the Prime Minister following an open public appointment process overseen by the Commissioner of Public Appointments. The Chair of the National Portrait Gallery Company, currently Christopher Townsend CBE, attends Board meetings as an independent co-opted Trustee.

National Portrait Gallery Trustees serve in a voluntary capacity and are unremunerated. They are usually appointed for four years and may be reappointed for a further term.

In line with the Museums and Galleries Act 1992, the Board chooses a Chair from among its own number.

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David Ross
Chair of the Board Entrepreneur; Founder of the David Ross Education Trust
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Roger Blundell FCA
Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee
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Dr Mark Cecil
Investment Advisor
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Chris Grayling
Chair of the Finance Committee Politician and Author, MP for Epsom and Ewell
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Marcus Harling
Strategic Advisor
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Inaya Folarin Iman
Journalist, political commentator and social campaigner
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Dr Simon Sebag Montefiore
Historian and Novelist
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The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP
Lord President of the Council
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Rebecca Salter (Ex officio)
President of the Royal Academy
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Bjorn Saven
Chairman of IK Investment Partners Limited
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Blake Shorthouse
Managing Director, Client and Partner Group, KKR
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Victoria Siddall
Strategic Advisor
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Sir Peter Stothard
Chair of the Ethics Committee Author and former Editor of The Times and The Times Literary Supplement
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Rachel Wang
Founder and Director of Chocolate Films
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Professor Shearer West CBE
Chair of the Curatorial Committee
Vice-Chancellor & President of the University of Nottingham
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Jonathan Yeo
Artist