Frances Carey (Chair)
Arts and Heritage consultant, formerly Senior Consultant for Public Engagement, Head of National Programmes and Deputy Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum from 1975-2011. Author of publications relating to the British Museum’s collections and other subjects. Appointed to the Board of the MLvM Charitable Trust by the Charity Commission in 2006.
Director of the National Gallery of Ireland 2012-
Director of the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart 2006-2012
Assistant Keeper then Senior Curator at Tate 1987-2006
He is a specialist in German 20th century art, organising exhibitions on, among others, Max Beckmann, Joseph Beuys, Rebecca Horn, Wassily Kandinsky and Gerhard Richter.
He was one of the founding trustees of the MLvM Charitable Trust in 1992.
Assistant Director of Collections 2003-14 and Keeper of Paintings, Drawings and Prints 1984-2014 at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Keeper of Paintings and Drawings 1982-84, Assistant Keeper of Paintings and Drawings 1976-1982.
Educated at Westminster School and at Pembroke College, Oxford, where he read Chinese. Scholar on the Sotheby’s training scheme, he worked for the Sadlers Wells Opera and Dame Margot Fonteyn before joining the Department of Medieval and Later Antiquities at the British Museum. Transferred to the Department of Coins & Medals and then moved to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 1976. Author of exhibition catalogues relating to the Fitzwilliam’s and other collections. Author of the Catalogue of Italian Drawings at The Fitzwilliam Museum, 2011. He was one of the founding trustees of the MLvM Charitable Trust in 1992.
Keir was educated at Lymm Grammar School, Cheshire, The University of Liverpool and Nottingham & Trent Law School.
Formerly a Company and Commercial lawyer, Keir is a management consultant who has specialised in working with galleries and artists. He is currently Chair of the Patrons of the Royal Academy Schools; Vice-Chair of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, a Trustee of The Chisenhale Gallery, the Felix Trust and a private family trust, a Director of Whitechapel Gallery Estates Trust and a Patron of the British Museum.