The Sub Committees of the Board help advise the Board of Trustees on specific areas of Tate’s operations. They provide expertise and help the Board act effectively.
For example, the Collection Committee is made up of experts on British historic and international modern and contemporary art, as well as Trustees.
The Sub Committees
This specialist committee supports the Board in matters related to the Tate collection. The Committee has delegated authority to consider and decide upon acquisitions up to a certain value. Its decisions are reported to the Board for ratification.
Acquisitions that are valued above the remit are considered by the Committee which makes a recommendation to the Board. The Committee also considers loans in and out of the Collection, as well as gifts and bequests.
The Directors use the Committee’s expertise to guide them in the care and management of the Collection. It comprises both Trustees and non-trustee experts, and meets three times a year.
Finance and Operations Committee
This Committee considers Tate’s finances, resources and infrastructure on behalf of the Board. It comprises seven members, four of whom are Trustees and three of whom are co-opted members. They sit on the committee for a period of four years and meet on a two-monthly cycle prior to the Board of Trustees’ meetings.
The Finance and Operations Committee operates in an advisory capacity to the Board of Trustees and have no formal decision-making authority.
The purpose of Tate’s Audit Committee is to ensure that Tate is compliant with the statutory obligations implicit in its status as a charity and Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB).
It comprises five members in total, two of whom are co-opted members. They meet three times a year.
This Committee meets annually to advise on contractual terms and remuneration for the Senior Management. It comprises four Trustee members.
This committee advises the Board on appointments of Trustees and on membership of its committees and councils.
Building project groups
The Board will occasionally establish a non-executive building project group to act as a sounding board for building projects, as in the case of the Transforming Tate Modern Project Board and Millbank Development Advisory Committee.
The project groups report to the Board of Trustees, but will also report to the relevant site Council (see below) on project progress, and to the Finance and Operations Committee on project finance. A Building Project Group acts as an advisory group to staff and the Board and has no decision-making authority.
Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives Councils
The Board has established a Council for each of its four galleries. The Councils are a source of independent expert advice for the gallery directors. They represent gallery stakeholders (artists, Tate Members, local community, local authorities, visitors and so on).
The Councils may advise on:
- displays and educational programmes
- future development of the gallery
They comprise nine to twelve members, at least two of whom will be Trustees. Members sit on the Council for a period of three years (which may be renewed at the Board of Trustees discretion) and the meetings, chaired by a Trustee, take place at least three times a year.
The Ethics Committee reviews any ethical issue raised by a Director of Tate or a member of the Board of Trustees, and provides guidance on conflict of interest management.
It comprises four Trustees and one co-opted member. It meets only when required.
Freedom of Information Appeals Committee
The Freedom of Information Appeals Committee is a sub-group of the Ethics Committee. It consists of three Trustees from the Ethics Committee.
The group carries out internal reviews of Freedom of Information requests where the member of the public who submitted the request is not satisfied with the response provided by Tate.
Should the member of the public who requested the internal review remain dissatisfied, they can then approach the Information Commissioner and request a further review of the case.
Corporate Advisory Group
In addition to Tates Committees and Councils, the Corporate Advisory Group assists Tate with generating funding from the corporate sector and Nurturing relationships with existing corporate supporters.
The Group meets at Tate to consider future corporate fundraising goals. In addition, a number of one-to-one meetings are held throughout the year to work on specific targets and discuss corporate leads.
Membership of Sub Committees
- Current members of Sub Committees, connected charities, subsidiaries and advisory group [PDF, 20 KB]
Sub Committees may include co-opted members and have at least one Trustee in their membership. All members are appointed by the Board.
We are always interested in hearing from people keen to help advise Tate. There is no formal application process as there is for Trustees, but CVs and expressions of interest are welcome.
- If you are interested in serving on a Sub Committee after reading the information above, please email firstname.lastname@example.org