Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate

Director, Tate

Sir Nicholas Serota


Chief Executive and Accounting Officer


Nicholas Serota trained at Cambridge and Courtauld Institute of Art, where he worked on Turner’s visits to Switzerland. But most of his practice as a curator has been in the field of twentieth-century and contemporary art. Among recent projects, he curated the Donald Judd, Cy TwomblyGerhard Richter and Matisse: The Cut-outs exhibitions at Tate Modern, and the Howard Hodgkin exhibition at Tate Britain in 2006. His Walter Neurath Memorial Lecture Interpretation and Experience: The Dilemma of Museums of Modern Art was published in 1997.

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.