Simon Groom is Director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. He graduated with a degree in English Literature from Edinburgh University in 1989 before spending a year living and working in Japan and three years in Italy, where he taught English literature and critical theory at Florence University. In 1994, he returned to London to complete an MA and then a PhD in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art (completed in 1999). For three years he worked as the curator at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, where he curated, among other shows, the first UK retrospective of the Japanese group Mono-ha. In 2003, he was appointed Head of Exhibitions at Tate Liverpool, where he curated numerous exhibitions of modern and contemporary international art, including The Real Thing: Contemporary Art from China in 2007, as well as developing Tate’s acquisition strategy in Asia. In November 2007 he was appointed Director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. In that time he has sought to establish and develop the profile of the Gallery in its promotion of modern and contemporary art, and to build and promote Scotland’s reputation as a leading international centre for contemporary art. In 2014, the Gallery led on the conception, realisation and delivery of GENERATION, an exhibition showcasing 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland, featuring the work of over 100 artists in 62 venues across the country, which attracted over 1.3 million visitors. He has played an active role in many institutions, inter alia as Governor of Glasgow School of Art, a board member of the Young People’s Committee of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a member of the National Cultural Diplomacy Group at the British Council, and a member of the Advisory Board of Art UK.