Caroline Collier OBE

Caroline Collier OBE


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Caroline has extensive experience as a director and CEO of cultural organisations, responsible for leading organisations and implementing change, setting the vision, strategy and culture and nurturing people – staff, volunteers, Trustees and stakeholders. She is a professional coach/mentor, qualified at Senior Practitioner level.

Since 2018 she has worked independently and as an Associate of Counterculture, as a coach and consultant, specialising in facilitating change and collaboration, setting and achieving objectives and enabling individuals and teams to develop insight and resilience. She works with a very wide range of cultural organisations including museums, independent trusts, local authorities, theatre companies, art galleries and universities, as well as individual coaching clients.

Until the end of 2017, Caroline was one of Tate’s most senior Directors, responsible for: National and International Programmes, ARTIST ROOMS collection, Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives, Research, Learning (education and interpretation), Collection Care (conservation, library and archive, collections management), Chair of Tate’s Loans Board, International Strategy Group, Tate for All Board (diversity and inclusion), Tate St Ives Project Board Tate Exchange Board and Programme Group.  Caroline initiated new national and international strategies for Tate, including developing a significant income stream for Tate – exhibitions drawn from the Tate Collection, created in collaboration with global partners that toured internationally. Caroline was instrumental in devising the touring model for the ARTIST ROOMS collection, when it was acquired by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland. As Chair of Tate’s Loans Board, with overall responsibility also for Collection Care, Caroline ensured that the Tate Collection was shared with and enjoyed by a wide public in the UK and internationally.

With Counterculture, Caroline has worked on projects with art galleries and museums,  local authorities, Trusts, universities and independent cultural organisations, setting vision, writing strategic plans, advising on and drafting funding applications (to ACE and other funders), governance/ Board reviews and programme planning. Caroline draws on her experience as a leader, coach and facilitator to bring people together to develop and test vision and strategy, to brainstorm and be creative as well as focussed and pragmatic.

In 2018 Caroline was awarded an OBE for services to the arts and museums.

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