The 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 sixteen 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 OBE, 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.
David Ross, Chair of Trustees
Entrepreneur; Founder of the David Ross Education Trust
Dr Brian Allen
Chairman, Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox
Roger Blundell FCA
Finance Director, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland
Rob Dickins CBE
Music and arts consultant
Dr Joanna Kennedy OBE
Civil engineer and project manager
Partner, Burges Salmon LLP
Sir Michael Hintze
Founder, chief executive and senior investment officer of CQS
Christopher Le Brun PRA (Ex officio)
Painter and printmaker; President of the Royal Academy of Arts
The Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP
Leader of the House of Commons; Lord President of the Council
Dr Andrew Roberts
Historian and biographer
Chairman of IK Investment Partners Limited
Sir Peter Stothard
Author and former Editor of The Times and The Times Literary Supplement
Christopher Townsend OBE (Co-opted)
Commercial Director, Chelsea Football Club
Founder and Director of Chocolate Films
Professor Shearer West
Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Nottingham
A Register of Interests is kept up to date for each Trustee so that any potential conflicts of interest can be identified and managed. The Register of Trustees' interests is open to the public and may be consulted by contacting the Head of Governance ([email protected]).