Press Release

Roland Rudd appointed Tate Trustee

Roland Rudd

Roland Rudd has been appointed a Trustee of Tate. The appointment, which has been made by the Prime Minister, is for four years from 13 November 2017, following an open competition.

Roland Rudd is a passionate supporter of the arts and led Tate’s Corporate Advisory Group for ten years. He was previously a Board member of the Royal Opera House.

He is Chairman of Finsbury, a global communications consultancy. Before founding Finsbury, he was a financial journalist at the Financial Times, the Sunday Correspondent and the Times.

He is also Chairman of Governors of Millfield School, Chairman of Open Britain, a trustee of Speakers for Schools, trustee of the Bayreuth Festival and an Ambassador for the Made by Dyslexia campaign.

The role is not remunerated and this appointment has been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments.


Tate’s mission, laid down by the 1992 Museums and Galleries Act, is to promote public understanding and enjoyment of British, modern and contemporary art. Its responsibilities are to safeguard and enhance its assets, which include the collections, expertise in the collections and subject area, and the buildings. Tate seeks to spread the benefits of those assets by maximising access and developing value for visitors, satisfying stakeholders and by effective organisation and sound financial management. Tate Trustees are not remunerated. The appointment process has followed the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments.

The application procedure has been conducted in full compliance with the Nolan recommendations which require candidates for appointment publicly to declare any political activity in the United Kingdom in the past five years. All public appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for defined political activity in the last five years to be made public. Roland Rudd has declared that he has made recordable donations to Tessa Jowell, and made donations and held office in relation to Britain Stronger in Europe. Details can be obtained from the Electoral Commission website.


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