Tate's Switch Building - Tate Modern, London
It is with pleasure that we welcome Stephen Wingfield, Director of Finance and Estates at Tate to our creative districts discussions on 22nd November at the Royal Arsenal Woolwich.
The Royal Dockyards were created on the Woolwich site 500 years ago by Henry the eighth, cannon manufacture began in 1696, and in time it became the biggest industrial complex in Europe, a walled city within a city with 100,000 scientists, armaments designers, factory workers and support staff spread across 1,300 acres. Now it is a major regeneration location with homes, retail and a soon to be constructed arts and performance centre.
Stephen has played a major role in delivering a number of significant capital projects, including the Tate Britain Millbank project, the recent redevelopment and expansion of Tate St Ives, and especially the Tate Modern. Originally involved with the financing, tax and cash flow on these projects, his role expanded to play a central role in the buildings' construction, management and the business cases for operating them. He has held his current role since 2015.
He and his colleagues oversee the delivery of Finance, Capital Projects, Procurement, Estates, and Safety services across Tate. Stephen's responsibilities include the management of all Tate's expenditure and income, ensuring public money and donations are used in a responsible and sustainable way, and the construction and maintenance of Tate's buildings at six sites. His role also includes working closely with Tate's partners to deliver facilities management, safety and security and housekeeping services.
Pre 1997 Stephen worked in various roles in the internal Audit Department of the Rank Group PLC (Rank Organisation) where he trained and qualified as an accountant.