Selection Panel

  • Lord Tony Hall CBE (Panel Chair)

    Lord Tony Hall CBE (Panel Chair)

    Chair of the National Gallery Board of Trustees

    Lord Tony Hall CBE (Lord Anthony Hall of Birkenhead CBE) was appointed Chair of the National Gallery’s Board of Trustees on 1 November 2019.

    Until the end of August 2020, Lord Hall was Director-General of the BBC, responsible for its public service and commercial operations in the UK and around the world. He took up the post in April 2013. In January 2019, he was appointed President of the European Broadcasting Union. From 2001-2013, he was Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House.

    In 2012, he chaired the Cultural Olympiad Board and also joined the board of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. He is a Trustee of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, an Ambassador for the Creative Industries Federation and a former Vice President of the Royal Television Society. He was made a life peer in 2010, and sits on the crossbenches in the House of Lords.

  • Ben Bolgar MVO RIBA RIAS

    Ben Bolgar MVO RIBA RIAS

    Design Director of The Princes Foundation

    Ben Bolgar is Senior Director at The Prince’s Foundation and Design Director of the development company, Stockbridge Land. At the Foundation he has led collaborative planning and design frameworks that cover town and city expansions, brownfield remediation and regeneration, heritage, green building and healthcare projects.

    Ben helped structure the competition for the Armed Forces Memorial and has been a panel member and design adviser for St. Martin in the Fields, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Kensington Palace, Hillsborough Castle, Charterhouse, Clandon Park, the Royal College of Music, Chelsea Barracks and Tintagel Bridge.

    Ben is an honorary fellow at the University College of Estate Management, a visiting fellow at Kellogg College, Oxford and a research fellow at Grenoble University. He previously sat on the Prime Minister’s Design and Estate Regeneration panels and the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission, following which he co-founded the Stewardship Initiative for long term investment in land.

  • Dr Gabriele Finaldi

    Dr Gabriele Finaldi

    National Gallery Director

    Gabriele Finaldi has been Director of the National Gallery since August 2015. He was previously Deputy Director for Collections and Research at the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, a position he took up in 2002. Prior to his role at the Prado, he was a curator at the National Gallery between 1992 and 2002, where he was responsible for the later Italian paintings in the collection (Caravaggio to Canaletto) and the Spanish collection (Bermejo to Goya).

    Finaldi studied art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where he completed his doctorate in 1995 on Jusepe de Ribera, the 17th-century Spanish painter who worked in Italy. He has curated exhibitions in Britain, Spain, Italy, Belgium and the US. He has written catalogues and scholarly articles on Velázquez and Zurbarán, Italian Baroque painting, and religious iconography.

  • Edwin Heathcote

    Edwin Heathcote

    Architecture Critic for Financial Times

    Edwin Heathcote is the architecture and design critic of The Financial Times. He is an architect, writer, the author of about a dozen books, and the founder and editor of online archive

    He is also the Keeper of Meaning at The Cosmic House, a new architecture museum opening in London in 2021.

  • David Marks

    David Marks

    National Gallery Trustee and Chair of Masterplan Committee

    David was appointed a National Gallery Trustee in March 2017.

    David has worked in the real estate industry for over thirty years. He co-founded Brockton Capital in 2005; the firm has raised over £1.50 billion of equity across three separate real estate funds since 2006 and currently manages a £4 billion UK property portfolio. Prior to co-founding Brockton, David worked at The Blackstone Group (2001-2005, in London) and JLL (1989-1999, in London and New York). He has been directly involved in transactions totalling £8.5 billion ($10.5 billion) while at both Brockton Capital and Blackstone.

    David holds a bachelor’s degree in Politics & Modern History from the University of Manchester, UK and a Master’s degree in Real Estate from MIT, Boston. David was President of the BPF (British Property Federation) for a one-year term from 2013–14. In addition, David is a member of the Bank of England’s Commercial Property Forum and the BPF Policy Committee.

  • Tonya Nelson

    Tonya Nelson

    National Gallery Trustee and Chair of Governance Committee

    Tonya Nelson is currently London Area Director at Arts Council England. She joined the Arts Council when she was appointed to be the first Director of Arts Technology and Innovation in 2019. Tonya was seconded to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in 2017 where she co-authored the policy report Culture is Digital. She is Chair of the International Council of Museums (UK) and also sits on the board of trustees of The National Gallery.

    In addition, Tonya is a member of Christie’s Art World Professional Advisory Group. She was formerly Director of Museums and Cultural Programmes at University College London (UCL). Prior to entering the cultural sector, she was a barrister and management consultant in Washington, DC where she grew up.

  • Jane Wernick CBE FREng HonFRIBA

    Jane Wernick CBE FREng HonFRIBA

    Structural Engineer

    Jane Wernick CBE FREng HonFRIBA is a structural engineer who is particularly interested in working on projects that give delight, and is engaged in our response to the climate emergency. She worked for Arup since 1973, where her most notable project was the Millennium Wheel. She founded Jane Wernick Associates Ltd. in 1998; projects include the Young Vic Theatre, the Kew Treetop Walkway and the Living Architecture houses. In 2015 the practice was incorporated into engineersHRW, to whom she is now a consultant.

    Jane has taught at numerous schools including Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, the Architectural Association and was RAEng Visiting Professor of Design at Southampton University. She has served on many Design Review Panels, and was a member of the RIBA Building Futures Steering Committee (2005-14). She has also been a member of the Edge think tank since 2009.

    She won the 2013 First Woman of the Built Environment Award and was awarded a CBE for services to structural and civil engineering in 2015.

  • Malcolm Reading RIBA, (HON) FRGS, FRSA (Search Director)

    Malcolm Reading RIBA, (HON) FRGS, FRSA (Search Director)

    Chairman, MRC

    The selection process is being managed by Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC). An advocate for design excellence, Malcolm has created a unique and trusted competitions service with a dedicated global following among architects and designers. MRC’s clients include top tier cultural and educational and philanthropic organisations in places as diverse as the USA, India, Australia, Lithuania, Ireland, Taiwan, the Gulf and, of course, the UK.

    Over the past twelve years MRC has run competitions for high-level projects with an estimated capital worth of circa £9 billion.

    Trained as an architect, Malcolm is widely recognised within the profession. He has set new standards in procurement and is known for his loyalty to demanding projects.

    Malcolm sits on the Sovereign Grant Audit Committee. He was on the board of Historic Royal Palaces for an unprecedented three terms (2005–2014) and is chairman of the UNESCO Tower of London World Heritage Site Consultative Committee.