Both National Gallery and National Trust Loose Chairmen

May 27 2021

Image of Both National Gallery and National Trust Loose Chairmen

Picture: The Telegraph / The Art Newspaper

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

It has been quite a week for the boards of two of the UK's most significant cultural institutions. The Chairmen of both the the National Gallery in London and The National Trust have fallen on their own swords within four days of each other.

Last Saturday Tony Hall, Chairman of the National Gallery since January 2020 and former Director General of the BBC, resigned amidst a damning report relating to his "woefully ineffective” internal investigation into the Martin Bashir Diana interview in 1995. The Art Newspaper have published an article on the reaction of several culture professionals to the news.

On Wednesday Tim Parker, Chairman of the National Trust since 2014, decided to step down after staying on beyond his final term which ended last year. Some reports have also linked Parker's exit to a 'motion of no confidence' due to be tabled at upcoming AGM by a grassroots organisation called Restore Trust.

I will post details of their successors when they are announced in due course.

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