The Board of Trustees determines policy and, together with senior Tate staff, sets the strategic direction for Tate. It oversees the management of the gallery, with the Trustees acting as guardians of the public interest.
The Board decides on major acquisitions and resource allocations. It represents Tate externally, monitors the organisation’s performance against its agreed objectives and targets and ensures the stewardship of public funds.
The Board of Trustees is supported by a series of Sub-committees and Advisory Councils, as well as Tate’s connected charities and subsidiaries.
Tate’s Board of Trustees has fourteen members. Thirteen of these are appointed by the Prime Minister after an open process of selection, conducted in accordance with the Code of the Office of the Commissioner of Public Appointments, and one is a member of the National Gallery Board of Trustees. Correspondingly, one of Tate’s Trustees sits on the National Gallery Board.
In line with the Museums and Galleries Act 1992, at least three of Tate’s Trustees must be practising artists. The Board chooses a Chair from among its own number.
Tate’s Trustees serve in a voluntary capacity and are unremunerated.