Prime Minister confirms Tate trustee appointment and reappointment

13 Aug 2019 12:25 PM

The Prime Minister has reappointed Tim Davie as a Trustee, and appointed Farooq Chaudhry as Artist Trustee, at the Tate

Tim Davie

The Prime Minister has reappointed Tim Davie as a Trustee of the Tate for four years from 5 October 2019.

In October 2012, Tim Davie was appointed Chief Executive of BBC Worldwide and took up his post in April 2013. In April 2018, BBC Worldwide merged with the BBC’s production arm to form BBC Studios. He was made Acting BBC Director-General on 10 November 2012. Prior to this he was Director of BBC Audio and Music from September 2008 where he had overall responsibility for the BBC’s national radio services including Radios 1, 2, 3, 4 and its digital services as well as music output and performing groups.

Previously, Davie was Director of the BBC’s Marketing, Communications and Audiences division from April 2005 and before that Vice President, Marketing and Franchise, PepsiCo Europe. In April, 2017 Tim was appointed to the new BBC Executive Board.

Davie read English at Cambridge University and from there joined Procter and Gamble. He is the Chairman of Comic Relief, Trustee of the Tate and Trustee of the Royal Television Society and Chairman of the Creative Industries Council. Tim Davie was appointed CBE in 2018 for services to International Trade.

This role is not remunerated. This reappointment has been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The Government’s Governance Code requires that any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years is declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation or candidature for election. Tim Davie has made no such declarations.

Farooq Chaudhry

The Prime Minister has appointed Farooq Chaudhry as the Artist Trustee of the Tate for four years from 29 July 2019.

Former dancer Farooq Chaudhry, co-founder and Producer of Akram Khan Company, plays a key role in forming innovative business models to support Akram Khan’s artistic ambitions as well as offering creative support during the development of Khan’s projects.

Chaudhry is a witness of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and on the advisory board of Global Future. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs acknowledged him in a list of the world’s top hundred cultural actors and entrepreneurs in 2008. In addition to his work for Akram Khan Company, Chaudhry is also International Creative Producer for China’s national dance icon Yang Liping since 2016 and was Producer for English National Ballet 2013-2017.

Chaudhry was awarded an honorary doctorate from De Montfort University for his services to dance in 2014. In 2018 Chaudhry became the Course consultant for the new MA Dance Producing and Management at London Studio Centre.

In Sept 2018 Chaudhry became the Co-Artistic Director of PECDA (Prakriti Excellence in Contemporary Dance Awards) in India. In 2019, Chaudhry was awarded an OBE for his services to Dance and Dance Production.

This role is not remunerated. This appointment has been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The Government’s Governance Code requires that any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years is declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation or candidature for election. Farooq Chaudhry has made no such declarations.