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Join Dulwich Picture Gallery's expert board as they enter an exciting phase. We are looking for two Trustees, someone with high level networks and connections who can proactively support fundraising activity, and another person with senior legal expertise – preferably with additional experience in planning.

  • Location: London
  • Salary: Unremunerated

About the role

Dulwich Picture Gallery, founded in 1811, is the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery. We care for and display our outstanding collection of Old Master paintings within Sir John Soane’s pioneering architecture. As an independent gallery, we remain true to our founders’ purpose of presenting art ‘for the inspection of the publick’ by engaging as many people as possible, of all ages and backgrounds, through our innovative interpretation and dynamic programme.

We are entering an exciting phase, with several very important projects on the horizon, and plans to continue to ensure the Gallery and its outdoor spaces are accessible to diverse audiences. To enable us to build on our successes and continue our ambitious programme and mission to unlock the Gallery’s true potential – through our location, people and art – we are now seeking two new Trustees to join our expert board.

Who we are looking for

In particular, we are looking for a person who can proactively support our fundraising activity. Having recently welcomed a new Head of Development, we are gearing up our fundraising which plays a vital part in enabling us to deliver our work. We seek someone who brings high level networks and connections to actively support and enable our fundraising effort. You may be involved in philanthropic giving, have senior networks in business, and/or be experienced in enabling high level giving in a similar context.

Additionally, we are looking for someone with senior legal expertise who can offer wide-ranging legal skills, plus allied experience or understanding of planning.

In both cases we are looking for people who have strong strategic financial and business acumen.

We are keen to attract people from a wide range of backgrounds to ensure we have a diverse range of perspectives and experiences on our board. You will be joining a collegiate and committed board, who actively support and mentor an energetic and highly capable senior leadership team. This is an ideal opportunity to offer challenge, scrutiny and support to drive Dulwich Picture Gallery’s next phase of development and join an environment which is both innovative and fun!

We expect the time commitment to be 1 – 2 days a month. The board currently meets four times a year and all Trustees will join one sub-committee which meets four times a year.

More information

For further information, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our consultants at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070497

James Hunt | james@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07711 405444

Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

Closing date for formal applications: 9am, Monday 19th October 2020

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A welcome from the Chair of Trustees, Professor Evelyn Welch MBE

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the role of Trustee at Dulwich Picture Gallery. We are delighted you are considering joining us and you will be doing so at a pivotal point for the Gallery with several exciting and important new projects on the horizon.

Dulwich Picture Gallery, founded in 1811, is the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery. We care for and display our outstanding collection of Old Master paintings within Sir John Soane’s pioneering architecture. As an independent gallery, we remain true to our founders’ purpose of presenting art ‘for the inspection of the publick’ while engaging as many people as possible, of all ages and backgrounds, through our creative programme.

We are engaged in a continuous process of planning, delivery, evaluation and development in order to unlock the Gallery’s unique potential: our location, art and people. Our mission is underpinned by our vision to be an inspirational cultural destination for everybody – unlocking fresh perspectives through the art of the past and present.

I joined as Chair four years ago and appointed our Sackler Director, Jennifer Scott, in April 2017. I am proud to say we have a strong and comprehensive range of skills on our board, and people who are highly committed to enabling the gallery to flourish and ensure more people have the opportunity to engage with our collection and programme. We work closely and collaboratively with our energetic and forward thinking leadership team and we seek people who are collegiate and team oriented in their approach.

We are now looking for two new Trustees. This includes someone with the strategic and relationship building skills, and high level networks and connections to proactively support our fundraising activity, and someone with senior legal expertise – preferably with additional experience in planning.

We are encouraging applications from people with a diverse range of experiences and backgrounds to ensure the Board truly represents the community it serves.

This is a wonderful environment where we are collaborative, caring and ambitious. We take great pride in our work and manage to have a lot of fun along the way!

If you would like to bring your skills and expertise to support us, then we would love to hear from you.

Kind regards,

Professor Evelyn Welch, MBE
Chair of Trustees

Who we are

Dulwich Picture Gallery, founded in 1811, is the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery. We care for and display our outstanding collection of Old Master paintings within Sir John Soane’s pioneering architecture. As an independent gallery, we remain true to our founders’ purpose of presenting art ‘for the inspection of the publick’ by engaging as many people as possible, of all ages and backgrounds, through our innovative interpretation and dynamic programme.

Today the Gallery is a vibrant cultural hub hosting some of the UK’s leading exhibitions alongside its collection of Baroque masterpieces. Against this unique backdrop it stages a wide-ranging programme of public events, practical art and community engagement.

We receive no regular public funding and to help our creative work to continue we raise a large proportion of our income through fundraising. This encompasses regular support through our Friends and Patrons schemes as well as funding from trusts and foundations, individual giving and corporate support. With a recently appointed new Head of Development we are spearheading a new fundraising strategy which will be vital in helping us realise our future plans.

Our Mission:

To maximise Dulwich Picture Gallery’s unique potential – its building, art, grounds, people and location – for future generations.

Our Vision:

To be an inspirational cultural destination for everybody – unlocking fresh perspectives through the art of the past and present.

Our Vision in Action:

At Dulwich Picture Gallery:

Find Yourself surprised by ‘oh-wow!’ visual encounters;

Find Yourself at home in a space where you feel welcome;

Find Yourself connected with paintings and people;

Find Yourself transported by history and imagination;

Find Yourself nourished by creativity and contemplation;

Find Yourself in Art.

Our Values:

We are:

Caring

We care for our collection, our audiences, our communities and each other.

Risk Taking

We are ambitious and agile, valuing creativity and considered experimentation.

Collaborative

We are open and communicative, creating and sharing opportunities through partnerships and projects.

Our Board

Professor Evelyn Welch MBE (Chair of Trustees)

Professor Evelyn Welch is an art historian, author, and senior public leader. Since 2013 she has been Vice-Principal (Arts and Sciences) at King’s College, University of London.  She studied Renaissance History and Literature at Harvard University and then went on to gain her PhD from The Warburg Institute.  She has held positions at the Universities of Essex, the Warburg Institute, Birkbeck, Sussex and Queen Mary, University of London, and has been involved in the development of the V&A’s Medieval and Renaissance Galleries and the Europe, 1600-1800 galleries. Prof Welch is currently Chair of the Warburg Institute Advisory Council and sits on the British Library Advisory Board.

Evelyn lives in South East London and is mother to three children including singer and song-writer Florence Welch, frontwoman of the English rock band Florence and the Machine.

Mark Andrews

From 1991 – 2011 Mark Andrews he was the head of the Restructuring & Insolvency Group in the UK at SNR Denton.  He was Chairman of Wilde Sapte from 1995 until 2000 and sat on the Firm’s board for most of his last eighteen years in professional legal practice. Since his retirement, Mark has held a number of consultancies and non-executive board positions including Pimlico Opera, The Grange Park Opera Endowment Fund and Dentons Ukmea LLP Charitable Trust. He is Chair of Trustees at the Crescent Support Group and at Central YMCA.

Stefan Turnbull

Stefan co-founded Urban Evolution Ltd in 1996, a residential and commercial property development business, focused on Central London. In 2005, he set up Cubitt House Ltd, a successful hospitality business. The business has grown and now employs over 250 staff across four award-winning public houses in Central London. Stefan sold a majority stake to a group of Private Investors in December 2015 but remains an active Director and Shareholder. He has a number of other significant investments across the Technology, Property and Hospitality sectors. Stefan lives in Dulwich with his wife, Gosia, and their three children.

Johnny Van Haeften

Johnny Van Haeften is the owner and founder of Johnny Van Haeften Ltd. and the Van Haeften Gallery specialising exclusively in Dutch and Flemish Old Masters Paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries. Johnny formerly worked at Christies in the Press Office and Stamp Department from 1969-1977. Johnny Van Haeften is an Executive Committee member of The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) and is a member of the Reviewing Committee for the Export of Works of Art. He was formerly Vice-Chairman of the Society of London Art Dealers, Council Member of the British Antique Dealers Association, and Member of the Grosvenor House Art and Antiques Fair Executive Committee.

Crispin Southgate

Crispin Southgate is one of the founding directors of Institutional Investment Advisors Limited, advising on and arranging investments for insurers, banks and pension funds, Crispin is also a member of the Basel FSB’s Enhanced Disclosure Task Force and the Corporate Reporting Users Forum. He has also served on the Risk Working Group of the FRC/Board for Actuarial Standards and the Employee Benefits Working Group of the IASB. Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1980, he spent over 20 years in investment banking with Charterhouse, SG Warburg and latterly as a managing director and European Credit Strategist of Merrill Lynch.

Benedict Brogan

Benedict Brogan is currently Group Public Affairs Director at Lloyds Banking Group. He had a long-standing career in political journalism, holding several senior positions, most recently as Deputy Editor and Chief Political Commentator for The Daily Telegraph and previously as Political Editor for the Daily Mail.

Sian Williams

Sian Williams is a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience in the museum sector. She previously held the position of Director of Finance and Resources at both Tate and the V&A as well as a non-executive role as a Trustee of Global Giving Ltd. Sian is currently Programme Director for The Science Museum Group’s large capital programme, the ‘One Collection’ project.

Janet Vitmayer DBE

Janet Vitmayer was CEO of the Horniman Museum and Gardens from 1998 – 2018. She led a series of successful capital developments and fundraising campaigns at the Horniman, resulting in the transformation of its galleries, buildings and Gardens. Janet has chaired the Wellcome Trust Culture and Society Capital Awards Committee and the Women Leaders in Museums Network. She has served on expert panels and numerous museum boards including: Visitor University of Oxford (Pitt Rivers); Trustee London Transport Museum; Trustee Collections Trust; HLF Expert Panel; Project Board for Wellcome Collection. She is a trustee of the Hunterian Collection at the Royal College of Surgeons London, and the Florence Nightingale Museum.

Dr Joseph Spence

Joseph Spence has been Master of Dulwich College since 2009. He was Headmaster at Oakham School from 2002, and taugh at Eton College 1992-2002. He jointly leads Southwark Schools Learning Partnership (SSLP), a collaboration of the senior maintained and independent schools in the borough. He is a trustee of The Art Room, Place2Be, the Inspiring Future Foundation and the Mark Evison Foundation. He is the Foundation Schools Co-opted Trustee for Dulwich Picture Gallery. His three year term commenced in September 2020.

Our Directorate

Jennifer Scott, The Sackler Director

Jennifer Scott has been The Sackler Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery since April 2017, and in that time has led the Gallery in exciting new directions, establishing a fresh and inclusive vision for the future. Jennifer was formerly Director of the Holburne Museum, Bath, and Curator of Paintings at Royal Collection Trust having previously worked in the curatorial departments of the National Gallery, London and National Museums Liverpool. She is a Member of the Collections Board at Compton Verney House and Gardens, Governor of Alleyn’s School, Member of the Masterpiece Art Fair Appeals Committee, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow Commoner of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge.

Chantelle Culshaw, Deputy Director

Chantelle became Deputy Director in 2018 having joined the Gallery in 2014 as Director of Development. She was previously Development Director at the Donmar Warehouse and the Royal Exchange Theatre and worked in the Development team at The Lowry. She is Chair of the Christina Smith Foundation and a Trustee of the Mark Evison Foundation.

More information:

Staff:

A team of 57.

Directorate:

The Sackler Director, Jennifer Scott.

Deputy Director, Chantelle Culshaw

Senior Leadership Team of seven Heads of Departments: Commercial; Communications; Curatorial; Development; Finance; Operations; Programme & Engagement.

Additional links:

Dulwich Picture Gallery website

Our Board

Annual Review

Our Black Lives Matter Statement

How to support us during closure

An update on the gardens re-opening

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Closing date: 9am, Monday 19th October 2020
Interviews: w/c Monday 2nd November

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