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:
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:
Originally an archaeologist, Kirsten went on to train as an archaeological conservator and worked for many years at the Museum of London. She has a particular interest in the conservation of wet archaeological organic materials, such as wood, leather and textiles. More recently Kirsten has worked with ICON (The Institute for Conservation) helping to promote conservation to government and to the public as well as organising professional conferences and events. Kirsten has been a trustee of Compton Verney Collection Settlement since 1999 and a trustee of Peter Moores Foundation since 2004.
Kirsten replaced Graham Greene as Chairman of CVHT in 2012.
After study at the Architectural Association and training as a landscape architect at Gloucestershire College of Art & Design and Pershore College of Horticulture, Chris became Cornwall County Council’s first landscape architect. He joined Colvin and Moggridge in 1972, becoming an Associate in 1974, and Partner to Hal Moggridge in 1982. He remains an active Consultant in the practice. As Landscape Institute representative on the Joint Council for Landscape Industries, he helped develop the JCLI lists of Herbaceous Plants (1978-81) and Trees and Shrubs (1984-89). He contributed to After the Elm, published by Heinemann in 1979, and has lectured widely on landscape design, at ADAS, Wye College, Cheltenham and Gloucester College, and Oxford Brooks University. He is Chairman of the Gardens Panel at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.
Dr Oliver Cox is a Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the University of Oxford. He created the Thames Valley Country House Partnership (www.tvchp.org) in 2013 as a way of linking entrepreneurial ideas in the heritage sector with researchers at the University of Oxford. He co-ordinates a range of collaborative projects with country houses, and co-supervises a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the National Trust.
Oliver is a historian by training, and received his undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Oxford. He has published widely on Gothic Revival architecture, landscape gardening, patriotism, the heritage sector, and is currently writing A Short History of the Long Eighteenth Century.
He is a member of the Faculty of History (University of Oxford); Senior Scholar at University College, Oxford; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; a Trustee of the Oxfordshire Record Society; and a member of Arts Council England’s Designation Panel.
Victoria Dickie set up as a fundraising consultant in 2004 to provide advice to Boards and senior management of arts organisations in all aspects of fundraising. She has had experience in masterminded and implementing effective strategies for major capital fundraising projects as well as general revenue fundraising from the corporate sector, individuals and Trusts & Foundations. She has set up fundraising departments for Trinity College of Music and the National Galleries of Scotland and worked for The Royal Academy of Arts as Head of Corporate Affairs. Since turning freelance Victoria’s clients have included Opera Rara, The Roundhouse Trust, Aldeburgh Productions, Handel House Trust, The Michael Tippett Foundation, Fulham Palace, Dartington Hall Trust, Handel House Trust. She is a Governor of the Central School of Speech and Drama and is on the Board of The Shout.
A native of Bootle who helped bring up his family near Stratford on Avon, Will Hanrahan spent 18 years as a BBC reporter, presenter and series producer before establishing his Independent Production business as a top 50 Creative Company winning Royal Television Society awards for factual and entertainment along the way. He remains a film-maker and Creative entrepreneur exporting documentaries to over 80 countries. He has led on the launch of a new Arts charity in Stratford, ‘The ArtsHouse, is a fellow of Royal Society of Arts and chairs the private-public consultative body ‘Stratford Vision.’ Married to Gill, he has four children, and retains an over-indulged passion for Everton Football Club.
Rita McLean has worked in the museums and heritage sector throughout her career. She was Director of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery (BMAG) from 2004 until May 2012, and prior to this, a member of BMAG’s senior management team with specific responsibility for the management and development of the service’s historic house museums and sites. She has extensive experience of implementing museum and heritage development projects of varying scales, collections development and staging exhibition and museum education programmes. Her work has also encompassed spearheading a range of audience development and diversity initiatives.
Rita previously served as a member of the National Museums Directors Council, on the Creative and Cultural Skills Heritage Advisory Panel, and on the Heritage Lottery Fund’s national expert panel for Museums, Libraries and Archives.
She now combines work as a Museum and Heritage consultant with historical research, lecturing and writing projects. She is a member of the National Trust’s Midlands Region Advisory Board, chairs Birmingham Civic Society’s Heritage Committee and is an editorial board member for the West Midlands History publication.
In 2010, Rita was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Birmingham.
Richard Shore was appointed to the position of CFO, Jaguar Land Rover Greater China in September 2014. From July 2015, Richard assumed the role of Acting President and in this role Richard leads all the Corporate Office functions in China.
Richard has been with Jaguar Land Rover for 10 years and during this time he has had the role of Global Marketing & Sales Controller and the role of Director, Business Transformation. In the latter role, Richard spent over 4 years with the responsibility for Jaguar Land Rover’s Corporate Business Plan, Transformation programme and Business Excellence programme.
Prior to joining Jaguar Land Rover, Richard spent nearly 15 years with the Ford Motor Company in a variety of global roles including the Director of Strategy for Ford in Europe.
Richard has a MBA from the Manchester Business School and a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Sheffield.
Mark Jones read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Worcester College (Oxford) and Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He joined the British Museum in 1974 as Assistant Keeper responsible for Medals, and headed that department from 1990. As Director of the National Museums of Scotland (1992-2001) he was responsible for the creation and the display of the Museum of Scotland, the National War Museum of Scotland, the Museum of Scottish Country Life, and the Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network (SCRAN) which brought over 200 public collections together to create a national educational resource. From 2001 to 2011 he was Director of the V&A, where he led a ten-year, £120 million programme of renewal of the museum’s buildings and displays, and established a strong programme of design-focused exhibitions, seen all around the world. He has published widely on medals and museums. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, an Honorary Professor at Edinburgh University, and has Honorary Doctorates from Royal Holloway College, Dundee University, the University of Abertay (Dundee) and the University of East Anglia. Mark Jones is now Master of St Cross College at the University of Oxford. He was awarded a knighthood in 2010 for services to the arts.
Having graduated from Aston University, Janet Bell Smith has worked in the field of Human Resources for over 30 years, initially with PricewaterhouseCoopers as Head of HR (Assurance) in the Midlands and more recently as a consultant to various clients whose interests have ranged from engineering to the arts.
She currently works for the NHS in a Lay Advisor capacity. Her previous non-executive roles have included the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Warwickshire Primary Care Trust and two local Hospices. Last year she had the honour of undertaking the role of the High Sheriff of Warwickshire until March 2016.
Outside of work she has been a magistrate for over 25 years including chairing the Coventry and Warwickshire Bench of magistrates for the last three years.
Janet has lived in Warwickshire for over 35 years and has three grown up children. Her outside interests include travel, cooking and the Arts.
Janatha Stubbs was born in Lancashire and educated at Cheltenham Ladies College and Bedford College London where she studied History.
She moved to Malta in 1969 where she remained after the death of her husband in 1998. Between 1982 and 1998, Janatha acted as consultant, Main Board or International Board Director for The Littlewoods Organisation. A member of the Malta Playing Fields Association from 1972 until 2007, she was Chairman from 1980 until 2000.
From 1989 Janatha has been President and Founder of Ir-Razzett Tal-Hbiberija, which is a centre for people with disabilities. She is also a Founder Member and President of Soroptimist International Malta. Janatha was Chairman of Compton Verney House Trust from 1993 to 2005 and remains a Governor.
She was awarded the Malta Order of Merit for charitable works in 1993 and the MBE in 2003 for services to the disabled in Malta.
Howard Jones is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and a Fellow of Keble College, Oxford. His areas of research include institutional asset management, investment banking, and private equity. Howard joined the Saїd Business School in 2003 after a 15-year career in investment banking. He had previously worked at Deutsche Bank and at BNP Paribas, where he was worldwide head of equity capital markets. Howard is also a Lecturer in Linguistics at Keble College; his research interests here are in the early Germanic languages. Howard graduated in Classics and Modern Languages from Magdalen College, Oxford, and he has a degree in German and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of London.
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.
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
(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.
Compton Verney House Trust (CVHT) co-operates with three related charities, and two related companies in order to achieve its objectives. The three charities are the Compton Verney Collection Settlement (CVCS), the Compton Verney Fund (CVF) and the Peter Moores Foundation (PMF), all founded by Sir Peter Moores.
|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|
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.
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|