Conservative party donor appointed chair of London’s National Gallery

Venture capital investor John Booth to head up the museum board

National Gallery, London, 2014. Photo: Diego Delso; courtesy Wikimedia Commons; CC BY-SA 4.0

John Booth – the venture capital investor and Conservative Party donor – has been appointed to chair the board of London’s National Gallery. Booth has been a member of the museum’s board since earlier in 2021, and also served as a Tate trustee and chair of the Prince’s Trust. Booth donated more than GBP£200,000 to the Conservative Party in 2017.

Booth takes over from interim chair John Kingman. National Gallery director Gabriele Finaldi said of the new appointment in a statement: ‘[Booth] becomes our Chair of Trustees as we develop our plans for the Gallery Bicentenary in 2024 and brings a wealth of experience and skill to enable us to realize them for the benefit of the public.’

Booth said: ‘The Gallery’s amazing collection, including so many of the world’s greatest paintings, belongs to the whole nation and we look forward to sharing it afresh with visitors as we emerge from the pandemic, and as we continue to grow our international digital presence.’

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