Want to run the National Gallery?

September 22 2014

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Then click here for the candidate brief. This is what you need:


• A recognised and established leader in the art world with an international reputation for excellence and an outstanding record of achievement.

• Expert knowledge of The National Gallery’s collection probably with experience gained in museums or academia.

• Management experience gained in a major institution, with a track record of motivating staff, managing performance and delivering change.

• A proven ambassador with experience of successfully persuading and influencing a range of audiences, including funders.


• A passionate advocate for the role of old master painting in the modern world with the ability to communicate this passion widely.

• The ability to lead with wisdom, imagination and energy.

• A strategic thinker with a clear vision for the future of the National Gallery and the ability to provide direction whilst encouraging entrepreneurship, spontaneity and creativity in others.

• An exceptional communicator with the ability to inspire staff, engage supporters and excite partners; the ability to build relationships of trust and strength through diplomacy and persuasion.

• The ability to manage financial, operational and commercial activities including meeting ambitious targets for both income generation and efficiencies.

• The ability to demonstrate confidence, resilience and effectiveness in a high profile role; an impressive leader who can handle demanding organisational and political contexts well.

• A practical, inclusive and open management style with the ability to generate confidence, build teams, take difficult decisions and deliver change.

Applications close 6th October. 

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