|University of Pennsylvania, School of Law, JD||1982|
|University of Cambridge, MPHIL||1979|
|Politics and Foreign Affairs|
|Harvard University, BA||1977|
|Cum Laude in American History and Literature|
A citizen of the United States, Scott Mead doesn’t let distance become a barrier for his involvement in a number of philanthropic and business activities taking place in either geographic locations.
An Upbringing & Professional Experience Spanning Continents
Born in the United States and a native of Pennsylvania, Scott Mead earned his B.A. from Harvard College (Cum Laude honors in 1977); his M.Phil from Emmanuel College at Cambridge University (graduated 1979) where he was also the Harvard Scholar; and finally his JD (in 1982) from the University of Pennsylvania. During his undergraduate studies, Mead conducted extensive travel and research in Africa, and later during his law studies he served in a number of legal positions in Hong Kong, Beijing and New York. Following the completion of his academic career, Scott Mead began his professional career in New York, initially at First Boston Corp. and later at Goldman Sachs & Company. Two years into his tenure at Goldman Sachs, Mead relocated to the UK where he led and developed business initiatives in Europe and Asia.
Activities and Philanthropy in the US & UK
A graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover Massachusetts and later Harvard College, today Mead has given back to his alma maters by acting as charter trustee at Phillips Academy, and serving in various roles including roles at Harvard, as well as endowing the Men’s Tennis head coaching position. He also serves on the Global Advisory Council of the WTA Tour, the global governing body of women’s professional tennis with its origins in the United States and additional headquarters located in London and Beijing. In the UK, Scott Mead is also involved in activities supporting the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, as well as the Tate Foundation.
Photography The photographs taken by Scott Mead have been extensively exhibited in the United States and the United Kingdom with proceeds of sales going to charitable organisations. He first became interested in photography as a young boy when he regularly accompanied his grandfather, a photographer and journalist for a local publication. Scott started spending a lot of time taking photographs of his own after he received a camera when he was aged 13. He experimented with a variety of techniques and innovative methods to achieve interesting results. Over time, Scott developed a signature style of rounded edges applied to many of his photographs. This rounded effect is achieved by taking the photograph while using a lens intended for a smaller camera. The effect was used in Scott’s photograph called ‘Choices’ which was selected to be included in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2012. This piece was also included in the illustrated catalogue as a highlight of the exhibition and was featured in the Culture Show on the BBC. In November 2013, Scott was elected as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Photographers’ Gallery in London.
The Photographers’ Gallery was established in 1971 as the home of British and international photography, providing opportunities for both emerging and established photographers. As Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Scott Mead will work on raising its profile in the UK and beyond, and attracting visitors to its new gallery space in Soho, Central London. Scott looks forward to encouraging the further development of photography as an artistic form, and raising the profile of the Photographers’ Gallery as London’s leading venue for ground-breaking photographic exhibitions.
Currently, Scott Mead lives in the UK and is founding partner at Richmond Park Partners, a private merchant bank which was founded in 2009 and provides advisory services and asset management consulting. His personal interests include politics, world affairs, fine art photography and marathon running.