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Tim Davie appointed as Tate Trustee

The Prime Minister has appointed Tim Davie to the Tate's Board of Trustees for 4 years, from 5 October 2015.


Biographical details

Tim Davie is the Chief Executive of BBC Worldwide, and is responsible for developing the BBC’s international brand and editorial strategy. He was previously Director of BBC Audio & Music (now known as Radio), which included overseeing the three BBC orchestras in England, the BBC Singers and the BBC Proms. Earlier in his career he was a Brand Manager for Procter and Gamble, and then Vice President (Marketing and Franchise) at PepsiCo Europe. He is Chair of Comic Relief, and co-chairs the UKTI Creative Industries Strategic Advisory Group.


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 OCPA Code of Practice. Appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. 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. Tim Davie has declared no political activity.

Published 9 October 2015