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A message from Claire Spencer

A message from Claire Spencer, our new Chief Executive Officer, on the anniversary of the publication of Barbican Stories.

"This week (Mon 6 Jun 2022) marks the anniversary of the publication of Barbican Stories. As incoming CEO, I’ve read Barbican Stories in full. The accounts are very upsetting to read.

In the last year, a lot of work has taken place to make the Barbican better for everybody who works here, and for the communities we serve and support. An overview of our progress is available in our latest  Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Journey and Human Resources update. It's important to acknowledge the role played by those who shared their stories.

It's clear though that we have a lot more work and learning still to do to become a truly equitable organisation. An organisation where everyone gets the opportunities, resources and support they need to succeed in their job and feel they belong. I take personal accountability for this. Above all, there is no place for discrimination, bullying or prejudice of any kind.

I would like to thank all colleagues at the Barbican for the amazing work they do every day, to make the Barbican a world class arts centre and put us at the heart of our communities. I am incredibly excited about what the future holds for us and believe we can get there together."