Sir Nicholas Serota CH

Senior Independent Director

 

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Sir Nicholas Serota CH, Senior Independent Director

Roles and responsibilities

  • As senior independent director on the BBC Board, Nicholas is responsible for upholding and protecting the independence of the BBC by acting in the public interest and exercising independent judgement.
  • He is also responsible for ensuring that the BBC fulfils its mission to inform, educate and entertain and promotes its public purposes.
  • Nicholas helps ensure that the Board’s decision-making is in the public interest, informed by the best interests of the audience and with appropriate regard to the impact of decisions on the wider media market in the UK.
  • Non-executive directors play a key role in ensuring that the BBC maintains the highest standards of corporate governance, particularly with respect to financial reporting, internal control and risk management.

Term of appointment: 3 April 2017 - 2 April 2021

Biography

Nicholas Serota is Chair of Arts Council England, a post he took up in February 2017. Previously he spent almost 30 years as Director of Tate. During his directorship, Tate opened Tate St Ives (1993) and Tate Modern (2000, expanded in 2016), redefining the Millbank building as Tate Britain (2000). Tate also broadened its field of interest and created the Plus Tate network of 35 institutions across the UK.

Previously Director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery and of the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, Nicholas recently curated exhibitions at Tate Modern on Cy Twombly and Gerhard Richter, and co-curated Henri Matisse: the Cut Outs in 2014.

Nicholas Serota has been a member of the Visual Arts Advisory Committee of the British Council, a Trustee of the Architecture Foundation and a commissioner on the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. He was a member of the Olympic Delivery Authority which was responsible for building the Olympic Park in East London for 2012.

Nicholas Serota was knighted in 1999 and appointed a Companion of Honour in 2013.

Last updated July 2016

Fees

The fees for non-executive directors of the BBC Board are set by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Non-executive directors receive a base fee of £33,000 per annum.

Nicholas Serota receives an additional £5,000 p.a. as chair of the Remuneration Committee, which he took up in August 2018.

Total fees paid in 2018/19: £36,000

Expenses and central bookings

Expenses are costs incurred by BBC staff on behalf of the BBC and claimed through the BBC's expenses system.

Central bookings are costs incurred on behalf of the BBC and booked through the BBC's central bookings system. Both expenses and central bookings are published every three months.

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Gifts and Hospitality Register

Gifts and hospitality may only be accepted in line with BBC policy. Information about gifts and hospitality is published every three months.

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  • Nicholas Serota had no gifts or hospitality to declare in 2018-19
  • Nicholas Serota had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2017-18
  • Nicholas Serota had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q3 2017-18
  • Nicholas Serota had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2017-18
  • Nicholas Serota had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q1 2017-18
  • Nicholas Serota had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2016-17
  • Nicholas Serota had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q3 2016-17
  • Nicholas Serota had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2016-17

Declaration of personal interests

Staff must make a declaration of their personal and business interests, including any memberships or directorships of public or industry bodies, and any shareholdings, as well as any interests that their immediate families may also have.

A summary is published where there is something to declare and where there is nothing to declare. Occasionally an individual will have something to declare but due to the personal nature of the declaration we do not publish details as to do so would breach the General Data Protection Regulation.

This information is published annually, although if any amendments are made during the year an updated summary will be published if necessary as soon as it is available.

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