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

Collection Committee

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 nine members, at least three of whom should be Trustees, one should also be a member of the Tate Enterprises Board, one should be a member of Tate Britain Advisory Council, one should be a member of Tate Modern Advisory Council and one should be a member of the Governance and People Committee. 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.

Audit Committee

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 eight members in total, at least two of whom are Trustees, at least one of whom is also on the Tate Enterprises Board and one who is also on the Governance and People Committee.

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 Tate Modern Project Board and Millbank Development 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.

Governance and People Committee

This Committee oversees the nominations and governance processes of the Board of Trustees and its sub committees and advisory councils. It also advises both the Executive and the Board of Trustees on ‘people’ matters and HR.

The Committee should have eight members, four of whom are Trustees, one is also a member of the Tate Enterprises Board, one is also a member of the Tate Modern Advisory Council and one is also a member of the Tate Britain Advisory Council.

Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives Advisory Councils

The Board has established an Advisory Council for each of its four galleries. The Advisory 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 Advisory Councils may advise on:

  • exhibitions
  • displays and educational programmes
  • future development of the gallery
  • buildings
  • programmes
  • funding.

Each Advisory Council comprises nine to twelve members, who sit on it 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.

Ethics Committee

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 three Trustees and at least one co-opted member. It meets at least three times a year.

Freedom of Information Appeals Committee

The Freedom of Information Appeals Committee is a sub-committee of the Audit Committee. It consists of two Trustee members, one of whom will also sit on the Ethics Committee as Chair.

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 Tate’s 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

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 governance@tate.org.uk