Compton Verney is governed by a Board of Governors. The Board of Governors determines policy and, together with senior staff at Compton Verney, sets the strategic direction of Compton Verney. It oversees the management of the gallery, with the Governors acting as guardians of the public interest.

The Board decides on resource allocations, it represents Compton Verney externally, and monitors the organisation’s performance against agreed objectives.

Role of the Governors

As a charity, Compton Verney sets down guidelines for what is expected in Governors’ conduct.

The statutory duties of a Governor are:

Other duties

In addition to the above statutory duties, each Governor should use their specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Board of Governors reach sound decisions. This may involve:

Our current Governors

Kirsten Suenson-Taylor - Chair

Chris Carter

Dr. Oliver Cox

Loyd Grossman

Will Hanrahan

Rita McLean

Janet Bell Smith

Howard Jones

Janatha Stubbs MBE, MOM

Paul Smith

Peter Wilson

Role of the Director

The day-to-day operations of Compton Verney are managed by the Director, who is accountable to the Board of Governors. The Director is appointed by the Board. Our current Director is Dr Steven Parissien.

Information about Dr Steven Parissien

Who we are

Compton Verney is an independent national art gallery and ‘Capability’ Brown landscape located nine miles from Stratford-upon-Avon. We are a registered charity (no. 1032478), established in 1993 with the aim of providing an inspiring and entertaining cultural day out for visitors of all ages and backgrounds – whether they have come to see our highly-acclaimed art exhibitions, to take part in our wide-ranging activities, or to enjoy the diverse features of our extensive historic landscape.

Compton Verney is

Sir Peter Moores CBE DL

(9 April 1932 – 23 March 2016)


Compton Verney House Trust is indebted to the vision and generosity of the Peter Moores Foundation (1964-2014), which rescued the site in 1993 and not only funded the conversion of the derelict Georgian mansion into an art gallery, together with addition of a large modern exhibition and service wing, but also generously supported the gallery’s activities during its crucial early development. We are enormously grateful to the munificence of the Foundation, whose unstinting liberality constitutes one of the most outstanding philanthropic acts of the late twentieth century.

Sir Peter Moores was born in Lancashire and educated at Eton College and Christchurch, Oxford, where he studied Italian and German. He had a gap year at Glyndebourne working as a behind-the-scenes administrator and then studied at the Vienna Academy of Music.

In 1957 he joined his father’s business, Littlewoods, becoming Vice-Chairman in 1976, Chairman from 1977 – 1980 and remaining as a director until 1993. His public appointments include Governor of the BBC (1981 – 1983), Trustee of the Tate Gallery (1978 – 1985) and Director of Scottish Opera (1988 – 1993).

In 1991, he was appointed a CBE and Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire in 1992. He received a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours List in 2003 in recognition of his charitable services to the arts.

We remain immensely grateful to Sir Peter for his original support, generosity and vision. Without his intervention and imagination, Compton Verney would today be a romantic ruin, and the inspiring art gallery and park that has been developed there a mere pipe dream.

Not only does Sir Peter’s magnificent achievement leave the nation with a significant legacy; in addition, his farsighted patronage of the arts will continue to serve as an exemplary model for others in the years ahead.

Today, everything we do supports our mission: to share our passion for art and landscape with as many people as possible.

Connected organisations

Compton Verney House Trust (CVHT) co-operates with two related charities, and two related companies in order to achieve its objectives. The two charities are the Compton Verney Collection Settlement (CVCS) and the Compton Verney Fund (CVF) both founded by Sir Peter Moores.

Compton Verney’s vision

Excellence to present a high-quality experience in a regional context
Celebrate our uniqueness by bringing together historic and modern art, architecture and landscape
Inspire and engage by entertaining, surprising, informing and challenging through all that we do
Inclusive by offering an approach to art that is jargon-free, gently paced and refreshingly relaxed

Compton Verney’s mission statement

To share our passion for art with as many people as possible to help them gain something of intellectual and spiritual value from their encounter with Compton Verney.

Core values

Our working relationships are defined by three core values:

Creativity To challenge accepted norms and to find imaginative solutions that take Compton Verney forward
Professionalism To achieve the highest professional standards in our work, and to behave with respect and courtesy for others
Trust To work in ways which empower and support our colleagues

Organisational structure

Organisational Chart

Annual report

Compton Verney House Trust Annual Report 2016
  CVPL Annual Report And Financial Statements