Stefan van Raay has been in charge of the Gallery since 1997, a period of 14 years in which he has overseen the fundraising and planning of the new wing; the building of the new wing and the re-decoration of the historic house; and the re-opening of the Gallery alongside a regular programme of exhibitions. Stefan will spend his sabbatical leave abroad from 1 November 2011 until February 2012. Marc Steene, Head of Learning, will be Acting Director in his absence. He has worked for the Gallery since 2001 and has gradually built up an excellent national and international reputation for this important part of the Gallery's offer. Marc says: ‘It will be a positive experience for me and I thank my colleagues for the support they have promised me.'