Portrait of Rosemary Lynch

Rosemary Lynch


Oversees the departments of Collection Management, Conservation and Library & Archive.


• 2013–present Director, Collection Care, Tate

• 2012–2013 Director of Library & Student Services, University for the Creative Arts (UCA)

• 2008–2012 University Librarian & Head of Library & Learning Services, UCA

• 2005–2008 Deputy Head of Library & Learning Services, UCA

• 2003–2005 Head of Academic Services, Surrey Institute of Art & Design

• Pre 2003 Various roles in Further and Higher Education, leading and managing services and projects to support teaching and learning and widen community participation through innovation and technology.

Rosemary Lynch is Director of Collection Care at Tate, a role she has held since November 2013. She oversees the departments of Collection Management, Conservation and Library & Archive, supported by a central Planning & Administration team. She and her colleagues are responsible for managing, preserving and enabling access to Tate's collection of over 70,000 works of art and 2 million library and archive items, ensuring they are available for current visitors and future generations to enjoy.

Prior to Tate, Rosemary worked in the education sector, leading innovation in libraries, learning and research services, including nine years at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) where she managed a changing portfolio of academic and professional support services. In her most recent role as UCA’s Director of Library & Student Services, she was responsible for integrating departments and services across a multi-site environment to create an accessible student centre on each campus. She oversaw the work of the Visual Arts Data Service (VADs), providing online resources and leading research on data management for the visual arts. She was a founding member of the University’s Forum for Organisational Learning and Development, which led a programme of cultural change across the University and steered UCA’s leadership and management and learning and development strategies.

Rosemary holds a BA in Comparative American Studies from Warwick University and an MA in Librarianship from Sheffield University.

She has served on the boards of SCONUL and the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries, leading initiatives to share knowledge and enhance leadership at Director and organisational level. She has contributed to the work of the JISC, CILIP and the Leadership Foundation.