Gareth Thomas photo portrait

Gareth Thomas


Gareth Thomas trained in law, and then began a 30-year commercial career with the John Lewis Partnership. Gareth’s time at John Lewis culminated in him serving as Retail Director with responsibility for property, design, operations, sales and profit at John Lewis shops, which shared a turnover of £3bn annually. Its longest-serving board member, he helped it to win every major industry award for retailing and customer service. Gareth retired from the Partnership in April 2010.

He worked in a Non-Executive capacity with the British Heart Foundation from 2003–6, and since 2006 has been a Trustee and Non-Executive Director of Save the Children (UK). His private passion is British Art from the second half of the 20th century, which dominates a collection he has built up over the last 25 years.

Why I wanted to become a Tate Trustee

I have always derived huge enjoyment from looking at and learning about art. Becoming a Tate Trustee will, I believe, provide a great opportunity for me to help make art more accessible to more people. I hope too that I can make some contribution to the commercial and artistic strength of Tate.

Appointment information

Appointed by: Prime Minister
Reappointment: 1 April 2014
Term expires: 31 March 2018

Other Membership:

  • Tate St Ives Advisory Council (Chair)
  • Tate Enterprises Ltd (Chair)
  • Freedom of Information Appeals Committee

Declaration of Members’ Interests between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014


Director of Total Retail Concepts Ltd
Director of Naturepaint Ltd

Directorships of companies2

Trustee and Non-Executive Director of Save the Children UK
Trustee and non-executive of the American Museuem in Britain

Membership of non-profit making organisations3




Connections between Trustees and others connected with Tate5


Any other interests6


Signed by Gareth Thomas on 25 April 2014

  • 1. Employment, remunerated trade, profession, public office or consultancy
  • 2. Directorships of companies, both public and private, both remunerated and unremunerated
  • 3. Membership of non-profit making organisations, clubs or associations and professional bodies which have significant dealings with Tate or whose activities could relate to Tate’s work
  • 4. Names of companies and organisations in which the member or his/her family or associates has a controlling interest or shares or securities and which could be involved in the supply of goods or have business dealings with Tate
  • 5. This includes commercial interests with other Trustees, Tate’s lawyers (Withers; Linklaters; Farrers; Finers Stephens Innocent) and Tate’s auditors (National Audit Office; RSM Tenon and Grant Thornton)
  • 6. Trustees are advised to declare anything which a member of the public, knowing the facts, might reasonably think is significant and relevant