Victoria Pomery was appointed Director of Turner Contemporary in 2002. The role of Director of Turner Contemporary was established to develop an arts organisation in Margate as part of a strategy of cultural led regeneration. Working with a small team and with funding from Kent County Council and Arts Council England, Victoria developed a programme of audience development work which included exhibitions, commissions and events. Since opening the gallery has welcomed more than 1 million visitors including HM The Queen and the Prime Minister and now employs 50 FTEs. The gallery runs an ambitious programme of temporary exhibitions of historical and contemporary art, an exemplary Learning Programme and a dynamic Public Programme. The gallery also operates a café, shop and venue hire business. Turner Contemporary is an active member of the Plus Tate network enabling key loans to be made from Tate Collection including works by JMW Turner. Victoria is responsible for the artistic vision and direction of the organisation and is closely involved with the delivery of all facets of the programme. In 2012, Victoria was awarded an OBE for services to the arts.