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Board of Trustees

Ultimate responsibility for the Gallery resides with the Board of Trustees, of which there are now nine board members plus the Chair. The constitutional documents state that the Gallery can have a maximum of fifteen members, including newly appointed Trustees. Board members generally serve a term of three years, and may be renewed once for a further term of the same length.

Trustees meetings take place four times a year and aim to concentrate on one strategic issue at each meeting. Trustees and the executive regularly report on all matters pertaining to sub-committees.

Acting Chair of the Board of Trustees:

Matthew Stephenson 
Director, Matthew Stephenson

Matthew Stephenson is an enthusiastic and passionate international art world professional with extensive auction and commercial gallery experience. As a former Senior Director at Pace London, Matthew engages with artists, curators, collectors and journalists. As well as his specialist knowledge and his network, Matthew brings to The Photographers’ Gallery strategy, development and fundraising skills.

Trustees:

Myfanwy Barrett
Director of Finance, House of Commons

Myfanwy is a highly experienced and effective public sector finance director. As the Finance Director at the House of Commons she has significantly improved governance, financial management and efficiency.

Other membership: Chair of the Finance and General Purpose Committee

Alexandra Hess
Partner, Cinven LLP; Co-Founder, Level 20

Alex holds a BA in Art History from Princeton, an MA in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania and an MPP from Harvard University. Alex is also a founder of Level 20, a not-for-profit company set up to support gender diversity in private equity. Alex has been an avid Fine Art Photography collector and enthusiast for many years.

Other membership: Finance and General Purpose Committee

Nick Hough

Global Managing Director and Subsidiary Companies, Christies
 
Membership: Ex-officio appointment as a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee

Melanie Manchot
Visual Artist

Melanie Manchot is a London based visual artist who works with photography, film and video as a performative and participatory practice. Recent solo shows include 'The Gift' at Bloomberg Space, '11/18' at fig-2/ICA, London and her major new video installation ‘Twelve’ is currently presented as a solo national touring show from 2015-2016.  Melanie has participated in a number of biennials and her work is held in public collections both nationally and internationally.

Scott Mead
Financier; Philanthropist; Photographer

Scott is a photographer, philanthropist and investor. A Founding Partner of Richmond Park Partners, he was a Partner and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and a Senior Advisor at Apax Partners. He established the Mead Family Foundation, which supports the arts, education and healthcare serving on boards in both the UK and USA.

Jonathan Shaw

Professor of Photography and Media, Coventry University; Director, Disruptive Media Learning Lab, Coventry University; Photographer; Researcher

Jonathan is an award winning photographer, internationally regarded researcher, educator and academic leader. As Director of the Disruptive Media Learning Lab his interest is in driving forward innovations across education, research and creative practice. 

Symon Elliott

Symon Elliott is a Managing Director at Russell Reynolds, a global leadership advisory firm. He advises organisations on board recruitment, senior executive search and leadership evaluation. Prior to joining the firm in 2000 he worked with a leading UK search firm and held senior roles in financial services  including AIB, Prudential and TSB. Symon is a director and trustee of Centrepoint the leading UK charity providing support for homeless young people and is an ambassador for Leaders Quest a social enterprise that works with leaders to create a more equitable world.


The Photographers' Gallery Executive Management Team

Brett Rogers OBE
Director

Andrew Gault
Deputy Director

Natasha Plowright
Director of Communications

Clare Grafik
Head of Exhibitions

Janice McLaren
Head of Education & Projects


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