International Advisory Council

Charles Saumarez Smith Secretary and Chief Executive, Royal Academy of Arts Charles Saumarez Smith

Charles Saumarez Smith was born in 1954 and was educated at Marlborough and King’s College, Cambridge, where he was a scholar and got a double first in history and history of art. After graduating, he spent a year at Harvard University as a Henry Fellow studying at the Fogg Art Museum and then returned to the Warburg Institute as a postgraduate student. In 1979, he was elected Christie’s Research Fellow at Christ’s College, Cambridge and, in 1982, he joined the staff of the Victoria and Albert Museum as an Assistant Keeper with special responsibility for V&A/RCA MA in the History of Design. In 1990, he was appointed Director of the National Portrait Gallery and, in 2002, Director of the National Gallery.

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