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Now’s the time to join us

Everybody needs great art – and great art needs great funding. That’s why we’re raising funds to support the Barbican.

The Barbican Centre Trust is a charity led by a cross-section of corporate and cultural leaders. These men and women are helping us in our quest for new individual supporters, and making sure everyone in the business community knows how much we have to offer.

Learn more read more about our priorities in Now’s the Time, recent projects in the Barbican’s Season Review, or by downloading the Trust’s annual accounts.

Thank you for your support.

Emma Kane, Chair, Barbican Centre Trust 


The Barbican Centre Trust is a charity registered in England and Wales (no 294282).


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Trustee biographies

Emma Kane is the Chairman of the Barbican Centre Trust. She has been in corporate and financial PR for over 30 years with experience in-house and within consultancies, working for small to mid cap listed companies, major financial institutions, not-for-profit organisations and leading privately owned companies. She is the Founder and Chief Executive of Redleaf Communications, a leading financial, corporate PR and investor relations agency. Emma is an avid sculptor and loves opera and jazz. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations; she has a Diploma in Jazz & Popular Music. 

Richard Bernstein is Investment Adviser to Crystal Amber, the London listed special situations activist fund. He is also the founder and Chief Executive of Eurovestech plc. As a business leader, he harnesses corporate support for charities, establishing the concept of 'corporate share gifting': publicly listed companies issue new shares and give them to registered charities. Since 2001, Eurovestech's share-gifting has benefited over 100 different charities: in excess of £2.5 million has been gifted. The charities are nominated by employees, board members and supporters of Eurovestech. They receive the shares without restriction, so they can hold, sell, or part-sell the shares at market value. Richard is currently assisting a number of charities in an effort to raise significant funds through corporate share giving.

Dr Geraldine Brodie is Senior Lecturer in Translation Theory and Theatre Translation at University College London and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Geraldine read English as an undergraduate at Brasenose College, Oxford, followed by 12 years working in audit, tax, professional development and graduate recruitment at KPMG in London and New York. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

She continues in her role as the managing director of a private property investment and management company specialising in the residential and commercial sectors in South East England. She also sits on the Norman Wates Family Committee of the Wates Foundation, an independent grant-making family trust supporting the charitable and voluntary sector for almost 50 years, which has made grants totalling over £100 million since inception.

Sir Roger Gifford is with the Nordic bank SEB in the UK. He is Chairman of the City of London Green Finance Initiative and the Advisory Board of the IBDE. He began his career in the financial sector at SG Warburg & Co, joining SEB in 1982. Prior to his appointment as Head of SEB UK, he worked in the debt and equity capital markets in London and headed the bank's operations in Japan for six years. He is Vice Chairman of the Association of Foreign Banks, previously Chairman. Sir Roger's interests in music and education are reflected in his voluntary work as a trustee of several charitable foundations. In addition to the English Chamber Orchestra charity, he chairs the Tenebrae Choir and is a trustee of the City Music Foundation and St Pauls Cathedral Foundation. He is a strong advocate for the City's contribution to the economic, cultural and social fabric of the United Kingdom. Sir Roger was Lord Mayor of London in 2012-2013 and was knighted in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to international business, culture and 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.

Kendall Langford, senior partner and general counsel, is one of the original founding members of Patron Capital Partners. Since Patron was established in 1999, it has raised a series of private equity funds. Patron currently has discretionary control over €3.4 billion of equity capital for investment in real estate and real estate related assets in Europe. Over her 18 years with Patron, Kendall has been instrumental in, raising, structuring and closing five funds and four co-investment funds and the successful execution of over 70 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., where she served as in-house counsel for four years dedicated to the real estate private equity group. 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.

Professor Dame Henrietta L. Moore FBA, DBE is a founding Trustee of The SHM Foundation and Chair and Co-founder of SHM Productions. She has been actively involved in the application of social science insights to the arts, business, and public policy for twenty years. Professor Moore is the founding Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity at University College London, where she also holds the Chair of Culture, Philosophy and Design. Prior to this she was at the University of Cambridge, where she held the William Wyse Chair of Social Anthropology from 2008 to 2014 and was also a professorial fellow of Jesus College. She is a Fellow of the British Academy. Appointed fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2000 and a Trustee of the Barbican Centre Trust in 2011, she has an on-going interest in the role of the arts in promoting cultural and social innovation. She has been a member of the European Scientific Research Council and also served as Deputy Director of the London School of Economics. Professor Moore regularly participates in public and academic debates and has written and presented on subjects ranging from virtual worlds and new technologies, to self-imagining, democratic political decision–making and contemporary art.

John Murray is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse, based in London. He is Senior Advisor to the Group Chief Executive Officer. John joined Credit Suisse in July 2015 from Prudential plc where he served as Group Communications Director, and was a member of the Group Executive Committee from December 2010. He was previously Director of Communications at the Financial Services Authority from 2006-2010, a founding partner of the London-based financial PR consultancy Powerscourt, and Director of Strategy and Communications at Telewest plc (now part of Virgin Media). Before moving into communications, John had a long career in journalism, culminating in the position of Executive Editor of The Daily Express. He began his career in national newspapers at The Independent and Independent on Sunday.

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.

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.

Giles Shilson was educated at St Paul’s School and Balliol College, Oxford. Giles practised as a barrister until 2005, after which he left to develop his business interests. After six years managing a market-leading international design consultancy in London, and three years as a principal Executive Officer at the Honourable Artillery Company, he now maintains a portfolio of Chief Executive, Director and Board-level appointments across the charity and private sectors. A liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers, he sits on various bodies of the City of London Corporation, including the Policy & Resources, Culture Heritage & Libraries, Markets and City Bridge Trust Committees. He is currently Chairman of both the Barbican Centre and the Gresham Committee (City Side).

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