Roland Rudd Portrait

The Board of the Trustees of Tate is delighted to announce that it has appointed Roland Rudd to succeed Lionel Barber as Chair on the conclusion of his term on 30 January 2021.

Roland has served as a Trustee of Tate since 13 November 2017. In accordance with the Museums and Galleries Act, the Trustees elect the chair from one of their number. The process for the appointment was overseen by Dame Moya Greene as Senior Independent Trustee. The choice was made by private ballot.

Lionel Barber said: ‘Tate is one of the world’s leading cultural institutions. It will have a significant role to play as the UK recovers from the impact of Coronavirus. I am delighted that when I step down in January, Tate will have an experienced chairman, knowledgeable about the institution and passionate about what matters most: the art that it shows.’

Roland Rudd said: ‘Maria Balshaw’s vision of making Tate relevant and enriching to the widest possible audience has never been more important than it is today. I have had a lifelong passion for art and involvement with Tate for two decades. I cannot imagine a greater honour than the chance to support Tate in this way.’

Maria Balshaw said: ‘Roland has been a dedicated supporter of Tate for over 20 years. As a Trustee over the past two years, he has been a vital part of shaping our future vision for Tate. I am delighted that he will be succeeding Lionel as Chair and that we will be working ever more closely to bring this vision to fruition.’

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