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:

  • To ensure that Compton Verney complies with its governing document, charity law, and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • To ensure that Compton Verney pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
  • To ensure Compton Verney uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects: Compton Verney must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are
  • To contribute actively to the Board’s role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • To safeguard the good name and values of Compton Verney
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of Compton Verney
  • To ensure the financial stability of Compton Verney
  • To protect and manage the property of the charity, ensuring the proper investment of the charity’s funds and the use of effective risk management processes
  • To appoint the chief executive officer and monitor his/her performance

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:

  • Scrutinising Board papers
  • Leading discussions
  • Focusing on key issues
  • Providing guidance on new initiatives
  • Other issues in which the Governor has special expertise

Our current Governors


Penny Egan - Chair

Dr. Oliver Cox

Samantha Henney

Janet Bell Smith

Paul Smith

Peter Wilson

Lydia Thomas

Sarah Carthew

Philip Bunt

Ross Sleight

Jon Sheaff

Helen Rose

Compton Verney is pleased to acknowledge that was instrumental in recently sourcing additional trustees to fill vacancies on our board.

Role of the Director

The day-to-day operations of Compton Verney are managed by the Chief Executive & Artistic Director, who is accountable to the Board of Governors. The Director is appointed by the Board.

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

  • a unique cultural attraction that is inclusive and relaxed yet, at the same time, innovative and bold;
  • a must-see, engaging, family-friendly destination
  • ‘the national gallery on your doorstep’ – a nationally accredited and internationally recognised art gallery which stages some of the most important art exhibitions in the area, connecting our region to the world and works closely with the UK’s large, state-funded national museums and galleries;
  • one of the most distinctive and user-friendly hire venues in the region
  • an exemplar for environmental sustainability.

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.

MISSION [What we exist to do]

We connect people, art, nature and creativity.
We deliberately blur the perceived boundaries between visual and performing arts, indoor and outdoor, architecture and landscape, science and nature, creativity and learning, digital and analogue, and visiting and participating.

PURPOSE [The value and importance of what we do]

The antidote to the destructive pressures of modern life.
A visit to Compton Verney is an extraordinary, immersive experience with a profound sense of place. It’s a tonic that energises, nourishes and rejuvenates. Together we can create a better way of living.

VISION [How the world will be better if we succeed]

Together we can create a better way of living.
We are a platform for dialogue, debate and interaction with society. A catalyst for ideas, we challenge traditional narratives, collaboratively exploring new ideas and innovative solutions to pressing problems.

Taken together, the mission, purpose and vision can be expressed succinctly as Compton Verney’s cause:


We connect people, art, nature and creativity as an antidote to the destructive pressures of modern life. Together we can create a better way of living.


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Compton Verney House Trust Annual Report 2020

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