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Friday 8 August 2003

The Wallace Collection

8 August 2003

The Prime Minister has today appointed Sir Timothy Clifford, Mr John Ritblat and The Honourable Barbara Thomas as Trustees of the Wallace Collection for a term of four years.

Biographical Notes

Sir Timothy Clifford FRSE was appointed Director of the National Galleries of Scotland in 1984 and became Director-General in 2001. He was previously Director of Manchester City Art Gallery from 1978-1984. Previously he was an Assistant Keeper, Department of Ceramics 1972-1976, at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Assistant Keeper, Department of Print and Drawing at the British Museum 1976 -1978. He is President of NADFAS, Trustee of Royal Yacht Britannia, and is on the Consultative Committees of the Gazette des Beaux-Arts and the Sculpture Journal. Sir Timothy is a former Trustee of the Museums and Galleries Commission and of the British Council. He founded and was first Chairman of the International Committee for Museums of Fine Art.

Sir Timothy has not carried out any political activity in the last five years.

John Ritblat has been Chairman and Managing Director of The British Land Company PLC since 1970. He became a Life Fellow of the Royal Institution of Great Britain in 2001 and a Member of Council in 2002. He has also been a Member of the Board of Governors of The London Business School since 1990 and was appointed Deputy Chairman at the Royal Academy of Music in 1999. He has been on the Board of the British Library since 1995 and stands down in October 2003.

He has not carried out any political activity in the last five years.

The Honourable Barbara Thomas is a US trained lawyer with extensive senior international experience of financial services, legal and media organisations. She was the first woman on the main board of the merchant bank, Samul Montague Ltd (1984-86) and executive director of business and legal affairs of News International (1993-94). She is Chairman of Private Equity Investor plc, Deputy Chairman of Friends’ Provident and non-executive director of Capital Radio and Quintain Estate and Development Ltd. She is a Member of the Governing Body of SOAS, Trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts and Chairman of the Professional Standards Advisory Board at the Institute of Directors.

She has not carried out any political activity in the last five years.

Notes for Editors

The Wallace Collection is the custodian of Lady Wallace’s collection of paintings, furniture, ceramics, arms and armour and other works of art bequeathed to the nation in 1897.

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