To­ry­glen man to chair gal­leries board

Benny for arts role

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A To­ry­glen man has been ap­pointed as the chair of the board of Scot­land’s top art gal­leries.

Benny Hig­gins, a former St Brigid’s pupil, is the new chair of the Na­tional Gal­leries of Scot­land (NGS) board.

He is cur­rently the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Tesco Bank and group strat­egy di­rec­tor for Tesco PLC.

The ap­point­ment will run for four years from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2021 and will see him in charge of the Scot­tish Na­tional Gallery, the Na­tional Gallery of Mod­ern Art and the Scot­tish Na­tional Por­trait Gallery.

The role is un­paid and on a part time ba­sis.

Speak­ing in a re­cent news­pa­per in­ter­view, he re­called be­ing cap­ti­vated by art when still a St Brigid’s pupil, as well as prais­ing his grand­fa­ther’s in­flu­ence in help­ing him love art.

Cabi­net sec­re­tary for cul­ture, tourism and ex­ter­nal af­fairs Fiona Hys­lop said: “I am pleased to wel­come Benny Hig­gins as the new chair of the board of Trus­tees of the Na­tional Gal­leries of Scot­land. Hav­ing served as a mem­ber of the NGS Board for three years now, he has been a real as­set to the or­gan­i­sa­tion, bring­ing in a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and busi­ness acu­men.

“Build­ing on the legacy of the cur­rent chair Ben Thom­son, un­der whose lead­er­ship NGS has flour­ished as an or­gan­i­sa­tion of in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion, I am con­fi­dent that he will pur­sue the board’s good work and en­sure that the NGS will con­tinue to in­spire a wider na­tional and in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence through its in­no­va­tive pro­gramme of ex­hi­bi­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Mr Hig­gins be­gan his ca­reer at Stan­dard Life in 1983.

In 1997, he moved to the Royal Bank of Scot­land (RBS) be­fore join­ing Tesco Bank as chief ex­ec­u­tive in 2008.

Feel­ing artful Benny Hig­gins is the new chair of the Na­tional Gal­leries of Scot­land board

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