Farmida Bi CBE is Chair of the Barbican Centre Trust, and Chair of Norton Rose Fulbright, Europe, Middle East and Asia. She has more than 25 years of experience advising on capital markets and Islamic finance transactions, and is also European Head of Islamic Finance. Farmida champions diversity and social mobility within Norton Rose Fulbright and in wider society, currently serving as Chair of the Patchwork Foundation, which promotes the integration of disadvantaged and minority communities into public life. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2020 for services to the law and charity.
Robert Glick OBE is Vice Chair of the Barbican Centre Trust, and Vice President, Head of International Public Affairs at American Express, having held various senior positions in corporate communications and public health. A graduate of the University of Cambridge, the London School of Economics and Emory University (USA), he serves currently as Chair of Save the Children’s Global Malnutrition Initiative, Trustee of Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Founding Chair of the Adult Literacy Trust, and Trustee of Open For Business. His previous non-executive roles include as Trustee of the Victoria & Albert Museum and Chair of the Terrence Higgins Trust.
Tom Bloxham MBE is chairman and founder of award-winning regeneration company Urban Splash, which has received 430+ awards to date for architecture, design and business success. The company is responsible for development projects across the country, including Manchester, Liverpool, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Leeds, Bradford Sheffield, Bristol, Plymouth, North Shields and Morecambe. In 1999 Tom was awarded an MBE for Services to Architecture and Urban Regeneration. Tom also upholds a number of other positions including; Chairman of Manchester International Festival, the Manchester United Foundation and The Bloxham Charitable Trust. Previously he has acted as a trustee for TATE, ACE, Liverpool Capital of Culture 2008.
Tony Chambers is Founder and Creative Director of design and lifestyle consultancy TC & Friends. He is also Co-Chair of Brainstorm Design, Fortune magazine’s annual design and business conference held in Singapore.
From 2003 – 2018 Tony served as Brand & Content Director, Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director of Wallpaper* magazine, for which he still contributes. He has also served as Art Director of British GQ and Art Editor of The Sunday Times Magazine.
Over his career so far, Tony has worked with creative luminaries such as Jean Nouvel, Philippe Starck, Louise Bourgeois, Karl Lagerfeld, Hedi Slimane, Christian Marclay, Thomas Heatherwick and Zaha Hadid.
Tracey-Joy Harrison is MD for HMM Ltd a strategic change consultancy. She is on a number of boards promoting education and social mobility including; Director of UCAS Media, a Trustee of The Royal Anniversary Trust and Strategic Advisor to Blueprint for All. She was a partner at EY LLP and an MD at Accenture where she worked in the US, Asia and Europe delivering complex strategic change programmes. Named as one of '50 Women to Watch 2019' in the Female FTSE Board Report 2019, Tracey was also given Freedom of the City of London in 2018 for her contribution to social mobility within the City.
Sir Nicholas Kenyon became Managing Director of the Barbican Centre in October 2007. He was Controller, BBC Radio 3 from 1992-8, responsible for the award-winning seasons Fairest Isle and Sounding the Century. He oversaw the BBC’s programming for the Millennium and then ran the BBC’s Live Events and TV Classical Music departments, including the Queen’s Jubilee Concerts of 2002, before becoming Director of the BBC Proms from 1996 to 2007. Sir Nicholas has lectured widely and published books on Bach, Mozart, Simon Rattle, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and early music. He is a member of Arts Council England, a board member of Sage Gateshead and a Trustee of the Dartington Hall Trust. He was knighted in the 2008 New Year Honours and received the British Academy President’s medal for outstanding service to the arts and humanities in 2011.
Starting out with BA Hons in both art and business, David Kapur has established a unique career and network combining entrepreneurialism with creativity. Excelling in commercial development, product creation and trend spotting within film and cinema. David’s cv includes co-founding both elevenfiftyfive & ourscreen. David had key roles in developing the iconic Orange Wednesday & Secret Cinema as well as creating industry-wide Virgin Media.
Kendall Langford is a Trustee of the Barbican Centre Trust, she is one of the original founding members of Patron Capital Partners and acts as General Counsel and Senior Partner. Since Patron was established in 1999, it has raised a series of private equity funds dedicated to real estate related investments.
Kendall is also actively involved in trying to address the gender imbalance in the finance industry.
Prior to Patron, Kendall worked at Cargill Inc., and prior to that she was a banking lawyer at Clifford Chance.
Kendall received a first class honours degree in law. She has four children, resides in England and is fluent in French and Spanish.
Alasdair Nisbet is Chief Executive and co-founder of Natrium Capital, an independent strategic advisory firm specialising in the chemical, materials and biotechnology industries. He is one of the leading mergers and acquisitions advisors to the chemical industry, having spent 30 years working for some of the largest global chemical and oil companies in North America, Europe and Asia. On graduating with a Chemistry degree from University College, Oxford, he began his career working as an equity analyst providing research on companies in Europe and Asia. He went on to head the chemical industry advisory business at Wasserstein Perella and then Lazard before starting his company. He is a Fellow of the RSA and an Honorary Fellow of Leo Baeck College.
Jeff Holland is a financial professional and technology investor, currently a senior advisor to Afiniti, a global technology “unicorn” focussed on artificial intelligence, and was a founding member of Liongate Capital Management, a leading hedge fund manager. He is a trustee of the HUMEN mental health charity and of the International Refugee Trust, and is on the board of the LGBTQ+ charity OutRight Action International. Mr. Holland worked previously with Deutsche Bank in investment banking and holds a Masters in Finance from London Business School.
John Porter is a tech entrepreneur and has worked for companies such as Natus Medical, AML-Analytics and Verifone, all of which he worked to co-found. John is also Chairman of Sinocare Group which owns and operates hospitals in the People’s Republic of China, serving the broad community and aiming to raise the standard of health care. John has led a program of endowment for galleries in London to provide exhibition space for temporary exhibits, allowing museums with large collections to also accommodate temporary exhibitions. John has worked with National Portrait Gallery, Tate, and V&A to create such galleries. He has also chaired the UK Trust for the Israel Philharmonic and has served on the Board of Advisors to the Said Business School, Oxford, the Board of Advisors to Stanford Business School, California and serves as a Governor of Tel Aviv University.
Chair of the Barbican Centre Board, Tom Sleigh is also the Vice Chair of the City of London’s Policy and Resources Committee, the main strategic decision-making group for the Corporation.
Professionally, Tom works as Head of Public Sector Partnerships, Amazon Business UK. Previously Tom was UK Head of a global Fintech. He also worked at Lloyds Banking Group for 5 years as Chief of Staff to the Director of Retail as Chief Advisor to the COO of the BBC and worked in BBC TV Strategy.
Our current supporters
Arts Council England
City Bridge Trust
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement
The National Lottery Heritage Fund
The Terra Foundation for American Art
Crystal Amber Fund
Trevor Fenwick and Jane Hindley
Mr Gregory Jankilevitsch
Mr and Mrs Baha Bassatne
Jo and Tom Bloxham MBE
Ruth and Stuart Lipton
Tracey, Eloise and Max Mayerson
Natrium Capital Limited
The Porter Foundation
Martin and Celestina Hughes
Beatrice and Christian Schlumberger
Russ and Linda Carr
Tim and Catherine Cox
Stuart and Laura Fraser
J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust
Robert Glick OBE
John and Angela Kessler
Lady Juliet and Dr Christopher Tadgell
Stephen and Alyson Barter
Peter Bazalgette and Hilary Newiss
Sam and Rosie Berwick
Dr Geraldine Brodie
Gwen and Stanley Burnton
Tim and Caroline Clark
Dr Gianetta Corley
Ian S. Ferguson
Roger and Clare Gifford
Barbara and Michael Gwinnell
Julian Hale and Helen Likierman
Richard and Jenny Hardie
Hollick Family Foundation
Sir Nicholas Kenyon
Neil and Tracy Lawson-May
Sir Laurie and Lady Magnus
Robert McHenry and Sally Lloyd-Bostock
Sir Paul Morgan
Lucy Musgrave and Zad Rogers
Professor Dame Linda Partridge and Mr Michael Morgan
Ben and Christina Perry
Helen Veale and Trevor Phillips
Mary Tapissier and family
John and Paula Tomlinson
Stuart Carey (The Kiln Rooms)
Ben Cooper (The Kiln Rooms)
with thanks to Geoff Leong
Morrison & Foerster
Howden M&A Limited
Aberdeen Standard Investments
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Bank of America
Slaughter and May
SEC Newgate UK
Andor Charitable Trust
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch)
Cockayne - Grants for the Arts
John S Cohen Foundation
Creative Europe Programme for the European Union
Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF)
Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation
The Henry Moore Foundation
The London Community Foundation
The Mactaggart Third Fund
The Nugee Foundation
Tom ap Rhys Pryce Memorial Trust