News Archive 2019

The Courtauld appoints seven new Trustees to Governing Board

10 Jan 2019

The Courtauld Institute of Art has announced seven significant appointments to its Governing Board. These new appointments will help steer The Courtauld through a transformative period in the institution’s history, as a new campus opens at Vernon Square near King’s Cross, while its home at Somerset House is redeveloped as part of the £70 million pound Courtauld Connects programme.

These highly respected figures bring a depth of expertise across art, finance, communications and higher education which will drive forward Courtauld Connects, a visionary project that will transform The Courtauld as a space and as a cultural force, ensuring its long-term excellence. The new members are:

Sir Leszek Krzysztof Borysiewicz, a distinguished academic with an extensive research career focused on the immune response to common viruses, currently Chairman of Cancer Research UK and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.

Charmian Caines, Senior Partner and Managing Director at the Boston Consulting Group, currently a Councillor for CBI London and a former Advisory Board Member of River Island.

Nick Clarry, partner of the Private Equity firm CVC Advisers and Chairman of The Old Vic Theatre Trust in London since 2014.

Sally Osman, former Director of Royal Communications at Buckingham Palace, previously Director of Communications at the BBC and a former Trustee of Youth Music, the Art Fund and a Non-Executive Director at the Welsh National Opera.

Franck Petitgas, Head of Morgan Stanley International, Chairman of the Tate Foundation and formerly the Senior Trustee on the Tate Board.

Dame Julia Peyton-Jones, a British Curator and Gallery Director, currently Senior Global Director at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac and former Director of the Serpentine Galleries in London.

Johanna Waterous CBE, an experienced Non-Executive Director of FTSE 100 companies and a former trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Foundation, with over 20 years’ experience with McKinsey and Company.

In addition, joining in an advisory capacity to Chair the Ethics Committee:

Andrew Hochhauser KC, is a barrister at Essex Court Chambers, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Deputy High Court Judge.  A Courtauld alumnus and Trustee of the V&A, he specialises in commercial and employment litigation.

Commenting on the appointments, Lord Browne of Madingley, Chairman of The Courtauld’s Governing Board, said: “I am delighted that we have strengthened the Board with these key appointments at a time of ambitious renewal for The Courtauld. The new Governors bring a unique set of skills necessary to meet the challenge of completing the Courtauld Connects project and to guide The Courtauld through the next stage in its development. I would also like to thank our departing Governors, Daniella Luxembourg and former Chairman James Hughes-Hallett, for their invaluable contributions over many years which have enabled us to reach this exciting stage.”

Professor Deborah Swallow, Märit Rausing Director of The Courtauld, said: “The addition of such a broad range of highly respected senior figures to our Governing Board reflects the scale and ambition of Courtauld Connects, the biggest programme of development in our history.  I look forward with great enthusiasm to working with our new Governors on the delivery of Courtauld Connects, building on the significant contributions of Board members due to retire shortly.”

Fundraising continues apace for Courtauld Connects. The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £9.4million towards the cost of the first phase of the project to make The Courtauld’s galleries more accessible, create a new learning centre, create new conservation facilities, improve the care of its collections and extend outreach programmes. Teaching and research facilities will be significantly upgraded during phase two of the project. This programme of transformation will enable The Courtauld to cement and extend its role at the heart of the higher education and arts sectors.

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