Sandy Nairne, The National Trust

Photograph courtesy Eamonn McCabe

Sandy Nairne is a writer and curator based in London, and until 2015 was Director of the National Portrait Gallery. He has previously worked at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Arts Council and as one of two deputy directors at Tate.

His publications include State of the Art, 1987, the anthology Thinking about Exhibitions, 1996, and more recently The 21st Century Portrait and Art Theft and the Case of the Stolen Turners.

He chaired the National Museum Directors’ Conference Working Group on Cultural Diversity, and is currently Chair of the Fabric Advisory Committee at St Paul’s Cathedral, the Art Advisory Committee for Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres and the Board of the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme. He is a Trustee of the Courtauld Collection and the National Trust.

NPC Ignites conference session:

C1: Getting your governance fit for purpose
Governance needs to keep pace with this fast moving world. Decision-making needs to be quick and agile whilst still managing risk. This means many traditional styles of governance are no longer fit for purpose. This session will explore what cutting edge governance looks like, considering such questions as:

  • Agile governance: the new normal or just a fad?
    How can digital help us adapt to a rapidly changing world?
  • How and when can organisations involve users, and wider stakeholders, in governance?