Sir Charles Saumarez Smith is an art historian, author and curator whose career in the art world has been indisputably first-rate. His career began in 1982 at the Victoria & Albert Museum and in 1990, he was made Head of Research. In 1994, he became Director of the National Portrait Gallery and in 2002, he moved next door, becoming Director of the National Gallery. A further move in 2007, saw him becoming Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts. In 2018, he was knighted for his achievements in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.