Rosemary Lynch

Rosemary Lynch


Rosemary is an experienced executive director and service leader, with substantial, first-hand experience of leading large, multi-disciplinary teams successfully through significant change.  She has managed a diverse portfolio of activities across the arts, further and higher education sectors for over 30 years and understands the critical connections between vision, strategy, environment, people and resource. She has delivered multiple, ambitious projects and initiatives successfully, often within tight budgets and timeframes. She achieves consistently positive outcomes by providing clarity of direction, building relationships, nurturing talent and driving business innovation and cultural change.

As a member of Tate’s Executive Group (2016-2021), Rosemary helped shape the vision and strategy for a world leading cultural organisation and steered key operations successfully through the pandemic.  As Tate’s Director of Collection Care (2013-2021), she led the teams responsible for managing and preserving the national collection and for delivering Tate’s worldwide programme of acquisition, loan, exhibition and public access. During her tenure, she directed the division through the expansion of the Tate Modern and Tate St Ives galleries and the delivery of major, externally funded projects, including Archives and Access, Skills for the Future and Reshaping the Collectible. She worked closely with national partners to develop a vision and plan that will both safeguard and transform public access to Tate’s stored collections for the 21st century.  Prior to Tate, she worked in the education sector, promoting growth and reach in libraries, learning and research services, including nine years at the University for the Creative Arts (2004-2013), where she created a new model for comprehensive, inclusive student support; generated substantial income for research and led on organisational development University wide.

She has served on the boards of Art360, the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) and the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries, leading initiatives to enhance leadership, engagement and advocacy, and contributed to the work of the JISC, CILIP and Leadership Foundation.

Since leaving Tate in September 2021, Rosemary has been operating independently as a coach, mentor and consultant. Her professional experience and core values of openness, inclusivity, rigour and accountability are the cornerstones of her coaching and consultancy practice.

Read more