Image of Maria Balshaw

Photography: Hugo Glendinning, 2017

Maria Balshaw


Chief Executive and Accounting Officer


Maria was formerly Director of the Whitworth, University of Manchester and Manchester City Galleries.

Director’s Office

The Director’s Office provides ongoing support to the Director, Chairman and Board of Trustees.

The Office:

  • leads Tate through the effective development, coordination and delivery of its strategy, co-ordinating the process of governance
  • takes the lead on internal policy development and Tate’s contribution to external policy
  • and manages a Tate-wide programme of external relations.

The Director’s Office, led by Samuel Jones, comprises Strategy and Policy, Corporate Governance, External Relations and Administration.

Executive Group

Executive Group is the senior decision-making forum for Tate. It assists the Director in defining the strategic direction for the Gallery.

Strategic, operational and policy issues are considered by Directors Group prior to being taken to Executive Group for decision or recommendation to the Board of Trustees.

Executive Group and Directors Group chart [PDF, 17.33 KB]