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Dulwich Picture Gallery announces appointment of three new Trustees

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Professor Evelyn Welch MBE, Chair of Trustees at Dulwich Picture Gallery today announces the appointment of three new Trustees to the Board.

Janet Vitmayer, Benedict Brogan and Sian Williams will join the Board from July.

Janet Vitmayer CBE FRSA has worked in museums for 40 years at both national and local level. She was CEO of the Horniman Museum and Gardens from 1998-2018. Janet has served on expert panels and has wide experience of museum boards including University of Oxford (Pitt Rivers) and the Project Board for Wellcome Collection.

Benedict Brogan is currently Group Public Affairs Director at Lloyds Banking Group. He has had a long-standing career in political journalism, holding several senior positions, most recently as Deputy Editor and Chief Political Commentator for The Daily Telegraph and previously as Political Editor for the Daily Mail.

Sian Williams is a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience in the museum sector. She previously held the position of Director of Finance and Resources at both Tate and the V&A as well as a non-executive role as a Trustee of Global Giving Ltd. Sian is currently Programme Director for The Science Museum Group’s large capital programme, the One Collection project.

Evelyn Welch said:

I am thrilled that Dulwich Picture Gallery has attracted such a strong group of new trustees, each bringing with them a diverse range of skills which will be of great value to the work of the Board. The new appointments come at an exciting time for the Gallery and I look forward to working with them as we develop a new vision and strategic plan for the next decade.”


Notes to Editors:

About the Trustees of Dulwich Picture Gallery

The Trustees of Dulwich Picture Gallery work in a voluntary capacity and ensure the future sustainability of the gallery and delivery of its charitable objectives. The three new trustees will be the first appointments to the Board under the Chairmanship of Professor Evelyn Welch. They join six other members already on the Board: Stefan Turnbull (Vice-Chair), Mark Andrews, Jussi Pylkkänen, Johnny Van Haeften, Crispin Southgate and Sally-Anne Huang.

About Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery, founded in 1811, is the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery. It cares for and displays an outstanding collection of Old Master paintings within Sir John Soane’s pioneering architecture. As an independent gallery, it pursues its founders’ purpose of presenting art ‘for the inspection of the publick’ while engaging as many people as possible, of all ages and backgrounds, through a creative programme. Entering the gallery space visitors discover a surprising and contemplative experience that encourages the discovery of personal connections with historic works of art – a place to Find Yourself in Art. The Gallery is a registered charity with no repeat government or local authority funding. Income from ticket sales accounts for around 22% of the Gallery’s annual running costs with the remainder deriving from investment income, fundraising and commercial activity (venue hire, café and shop).

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Louisa Bee, Press and Communications Manager / 020 8299 8710