Assistant and later Deputy Curator, Kenwood House, 1979-89.
Keeper of Fine Art, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1994-2000 (job-share).
Curator ‘Below Stairs: 400 years of Servants’ Portraits’, National Portrait Gallery/Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 2003-4 (with Giles Waterfield).
Former regional Committee Member for The Art Fund.
Former Editor ‘Bewick Journal’ (for The Bewick Society).
Areas of interest / research
The Grand Tour.
Regional British Portraiture (North East England).
Portraits of British Servants.
British 17th and 18th century portraiture.
Details of books/publications relating to your work on British portraiture
John Joseph Merlin, ‘The Ingenious Meckanick’, The Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood, 1985.
The Earl and Countess Howe by Gainsborough: A Bicentenary Exhibition, The Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood, 1988.
Below Stairs, 400 Years of Servants’ Portraits (with Giles Waterfield), National Portrait Gallery, 2003.
Art Treasures the North: Northern Families on the Grand Tour (Unicorn Press, 2009); includes discussion of Grand Tour portraits from the Northern Region.