Board of Trustees commences search for new Director

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Board of Trustees commences search for new Director


We are pleased to announce our new Chair of Trustees, Professor Simon Ofield-Kerr.

With a wealth of experience in arts and education management, Simon has been closely involved in the development of a broad range of institutions and projects across industry, public sector and cultural organisations.

Our Board of Trustees have just launched the search for the next Director of Gainsborough’s House, Simon has stated:

As the newly appointed Chair of Trustees, I am committed to supporting an exciting vision and strategy that builds on the significant achievements of the previous Director, Mark Bills. A vision that brings together the strengths of a regional location and the opportunity to be an international centre of research and curatorial excellence.As Vice Chancellor of Norwich University of the Arts, I have a commitment to East Anglia’s creative sector and the role it plays in enhancing the economy, the opportunities and the daily life of local people.

As a former trustee at Turner Contemporary in Margate, I know the difference a cultural institution can make to a town and have an absolute commitment to open and engaged governance that will support the success of the next Director of Gainsborough’s House.