The Board of Trustees of the National Gallery is delighted to announce that it has appointed John Booth as president.
He will succeed Sir John Kingman, who had been acting president since Lord Hall of Birkenhead stepped down in May 2021.
John initially joined the National Gallery Board of Trustees in February 2021 as the Tate Gallery Liaison Trustee, where he served as Vice President. He was appointed administrator of the Museum of Fine Arts by the Prime Minister in August 2021.
John Booth is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who chairs The Prince’s Trust and a number of public and private companies, including Maintel plc and the London Theater Company.
Speaking of his appointment, John said ??“I am delighted to take on this role as the National Gallery prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2024. The Gallery’s incredible collection, comprising so many of the world’s greatest paintings, belongs to the whole nation. and we look forward to sharing it again with visitors as we emerge from the pandemic and continue to grow our international digital presence.
Art Gallery Acting President Sir John Kingman commented: “The trustees of the Art Gallery are delighted that John is our next president, heading the board as we work to make it happen. our vision to mark the Museum’s next bicentenary in 2024. ”?
National Gallery director Dr Gabriele Finaldi added ?? All of us at the National Gallery look forward to working closely with John Booth. He becomes our Chairman of the Board of Directors as we develop our plans for the Gallery’s bicentennial in 2024 and brings a wealth of experience and skills to enable us to realize them for the benefit of the public.
John Booth’s first term as president will last until 2025, when he will be eligible for a new term, subject to the Prime Minister’s review at the appropriate time of any renewal of his term as director.
John Booth is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who chairs a number of public and private companies, including Maintel plc and the London Theater Company. He is also a non-executive director of several investment management firms and holds venture capital interests in e-commerce, media and telecommunications.
He chairs The Prince’s Trust and Pallant House Gallery and is a director of the Chatsworth Settlement and the Arts Foundation.
John studied modern languages at the University of Oxford where he is a fellow of Merton College. He is Ambassador for the Homeless Charity Depaul International, Deputy Lieutenant for West Sussex and sits on the Honorary Committee.
The National Gallery Council consists of 12-14 trustees at any given time, all appointed by the Prime Minister through public competition as part of the public appointment process, except one who is appointed by the Council. de la Tate. Administrators are required by the Museums and Galleries Act 1992 to appoint one of them as chairman.
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