2016 January: James Dawnay is new Chairman of Hermitage Foundation UK

James Dawnay succeeded Brian Allen as Chairman of the Hermitage Foundation UK at the start of 2016. Dr Allen, former Director of The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, remains a valued trustee.

James Dawnay has combined a career in banking with a devotion to the arts. Formerly a director of SG Warburg, James is currently chairman of CCLA Investment Management. He was a trustee of the National Galleries of Scotland for eight years, is a trustee of the Penicuik House Preservation Trust and chairman of the Biggar Museum Trust. The Biggar Museum was opened by the Princess Royal in October, leaving James free to turn his attention to the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.