Find our more about our director and the senior management team.
Dr Stephen Deuchar
Stephen Deuchar joined the Art Fund in 2010 after 11 years at Tate Britain, where he was the founding director. He oversees all areas of the Art Fund's work and leads the development of the programme of support to museums, including major grant giving. The expansion of the programme has been underpinned by an increase income from all sources, including the launch of the National Art Pass in 2011, which boosted membership by 40%.
Prior to working at Tate he spent 12 years as a curator and exhibitions director at the National Maritime Museum. He was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, 2010. Find out more about Stephen.
Director of communications
Rachel Mapplebeck is a cultural communications specialist focused on building audiences, brand and profile for arts organisations. She leads the communications team at the Art Fund, which inspires everyone to access art and culture, and also drives awareness of our charitable programme nationwide. The team oversees digital, content, media relations, public affairs and Art Quarterly magazine.
She was previously head of communications at the Whitechapel Gallery, where she helped double visitor figures, develop the brand and expand the gallery, and has also led campaigns for the Jerwood Painting Prize, Jerwood Sculpture Prize, the Affordable Art Fair and the Chelsea Art & Antiques Fair. Rachel is a trustee for Gasworks Gallery and Studios, a public arts organisation with a global network.
Director of finance and operations
Nick oversees the Art Fund’s finance and resources team, and is responsible for ensuring the organisation maximises its charitable impact by using resources to the best possible effect. The team encompasses finance, human resources, information technology, legal services and facilities.
Nick qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG where he worked with SMEs and listed audit clients in the retail and industrial sectors, and on a major change project with HMRC and the Bank of England.
In 2010 he joined the finance team at the British Museum before moving to the Art Fund in April 2014.
Director of programmes
Sarah leads the team responsible for managing and developing the Art Fund’s grant-giving programmes, which support the museums and galleries sector in the UK through funding new acquisitions, and curatorial and collections development. Since her appointment as head of programmes in 2010 she has been responsible for the overall programmes strategy and the development of many new initiatives, including the Jonathan Ruffer curatorial grants programme, the Renew strategic collecting scheme, the Treasure Plus grants programme, the Testing Media project with the Contemporary Art Society, and the UK tour of Jeremy Deller’s English Magic with the British Council.
Previously, Sarah was the senior grants officer at the Art Fund, and has worked as a fundraiser for the Charleston Trust and in a voluntary capacity as an advisor to small arts organisations in Brighton. She has a Masters degree in the History of Art.
Director of development
Amy heads up the Art Fund’s development team, which raises funds to support our charitable activities – from major appeals and acquisition funding to special collecting initiatives and curatorial training. The team seeks to engage the support of high-net-worth individuals, grant-making foundations, companies, volunteers and legacy pledgers to enable us to do more to support the public’s enjoyment of great art in museums and galleries.
She joined the Art Fund in 2010 from the Young Vic Theatre. Previously she has worked in development roles at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Zoological Society of London.
Tel: 020 7225 4822
Senior programmes manager, acquisitions (maternity cover)
Tel: 020 7225 4815
Programmes manager (projects)
Tel: 020 7225 4816
Museum marketing relationship manager
Tel: 020 7225 4888
Senior marketing manager, museums
Tel: 020 7225 4854