Barbican Centre Trust

The Barbican Centre Trust, UK registered charity number 294282, is the charitable arm of the Barbican, dedicated to raising funds in support of our arts and creative learning programmes.

Funds generated by the Trust provide vital support for both our innovative artistic programme and our creative learning projects, ranging from the Barbican Young Orchestra to high impact literacy projects to schools partnership programmes across East London.

You can read more about the Trust and recent projects in our Season Review, or by downloading our annual accounts below.

The Trust is chaired by Christopher Purvis CBE.

Barbican Centre Trust accounts

Download 2012/2013 Accounts (pdf)
Download 2011/2012 Accounts (pdf)
Download 2010/2011 Accounts (pdf)
Download 2009/2010 Accounts (pdf

Trustee Biographies

Christopher Purvis CBE has since 1997 been actively engaged in the not-for-profit sector. He ran a major festival of Japanese culture, Japan 2001 and led the project to create Handel House Museum, of which he is now president. He is vice-president of the Japan Society and honorary president of the Academy of Ancient Music. He is a founding trustee of IntoUniversity, a charity which runs local learning centres designed to inspire young people to achieve. He is also a trustee of J. Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust and of Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement. Christopher spent his professional career with UBS and its predecessor firms, having joined S.G. Warburg in 1974 on graduation from Oxford University.

Lord Tim Clement-Jones CBE is the London Managing Partner of DLA Piper and Chairman of its China and Middle East desks. A communications professional and a solicitor, Tim was Group Company Secretary and Legal Adviser of Kingfisher Plc from 1986 until 1995. In 1998, Tim was made life peer and until July 2004 was the Liberal Democrat Health Spokesman. Thereafter until the General Election in 2010 he was Liberal Democrat Spokesman on Culture, Media and Sport in the House of Lords. Tim was Chairman of the Liberal Party from 1986 to 1988 and Treasurer of the Liberal Democrats from 2005 to 2010. He is a Member of the House of Lords Communications Select Committee; Chairman of the Lib Dems in Communications; Deputy Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on China and Vice Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Turkey and the UAE and Ovarian Cancer. He is an Icebreaker fellow and Vice President of the 48 Group Club. Tim is Honorary President of Ambitious About Autism; a Member of the Council of University College London; on the advisory Board of the College of Medicine; Council Member of Heart of the City and an official Ambassador of Barts Charity.

Sir Roger Gifford was Lord Mayor of the City of London in November 2012. He was knighted in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to international business, culture and the City. Sir Roger began his career in the financial sector at S.G. Warburg & Co in the 1970s, joining the Swedish bank SEB in 1982. Prior to his appointment as Head of SEB London, Roger worked in the 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. In 2004, Roger was elected as Alderman for the Ward of Cordwainer in the City of London. He is a member of inter alia, the Worshipful Company of International Bankers (Master in 2010-11), the Cordwainers and the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Roger's interests in music and education are reflected in his voluntary work as a Trustee of several charitable foundations and schools. In addition to the English Chamber Orchestra charity, he chairs the Tenebrae Choir and the City Music Foundation and is a trustee of St Pauls Cathedral Foundation. He is a strong supporter of the City's contribution to the economic, cultural and social fabric of the United Kingdom. Roger is married to Dr Clare Gifford, a consultant haematologist.

Emma Kane has been in corporate and financial PR for over 25 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 Polhill, 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.

Tony Medniuk is Non Executive Director and Chairman of Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK) PLC, joining the board in 2010, following his retirement as Group Chief Executive of Global Aerospace Underwriting Managers Ltd. He is the former chairman of the International Underwriting Association of London (IUA).

Barbara Merry qualified as a chartered accountant in 1982 and worked in the accounting profession at KPMG until 1985. She joined the Corporation of Lloyd's and during the ensuing 14 years was variously responsible for accounting, solvency, reporting, membership and capital matters affecting Lloyd's members, underwriting agents and brokers. In 1999, Barbara became Managing Director of the Omega Group and then joined the Hardy Underwriting Group as CEO in 2002. She stepped down as CEO in early 2014. Barbara served two terms on the Lloyd's Market Association Board and has chaired the LMA's training and development committee for 6 years. She was a member of the Council of Lloyd's from 2007 to 2009. Barbara is a member of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Insurers and a Vice President of the Insurance Institute of London. Barbara has been closely involved in a number of initiatives associated with the diversity and inclusion agenda, namely the Lloyd's /LMA group Inclusion@Lloyd's; the Insurance Supper Club; and the establishment of a Women's Forum under the auspices of the Worshipful Company of Insurers.

Professor Henrietta L. Moore FBA is a founding Trustee of The SHM Foundation and Chair and Co-founder of SHM Productions. She is a distinguished anthropologist and cultural theorist and has held the William Wyse Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge since 2008. Professor Moore has been actively involved in the application of social science insights to the arts, business, and public policy for twenty years. Appointed fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2000 she has an on-going interest in the role of the arts in promoting cultural and social innovation. Professor Moore regularly participates in public and academic debates on the intersection between culture and globalisation and has written and presented on subjects ranging from heritage and identity to the fate of public art.

Stuart Popham QC (Hon) joined Citigroup in July 2011 as Vice Chairman EMEA Banking. Until December 2010, he was the Senior Partner, worldwide, of Clifford Chance LLP. Stuart stepped down in October 2012 as Chair of TheCityUK financial services promotional organisation and is Chair of The Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). Stuart is a trustee of the RNLI and sits on the boards of Legal & General Insurance, Birkbeck University of London, Advisory Forum of the Saïd Business School – University of Oxford. Stuart was a Patron of the Whitehall Industry Group. He is a member of the CBI and was for a number of years Chair of the London Region and sat on the Chairman’s and other committees. Stuart was made Queen’s Counsel (honoris causa) in 2011.

Torsten Thiele spent over 25 years in the financial industry. In 2013 he left his role as Head of Telecommunications Project Finance at Investec Bank plc to pursue studies in conservation leadership and ocean governance. Torsten holds degrees in law and economics from Bonn University as well as an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a Trustee of the Funding Network, the UK’s first open giving circle; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; and a Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow.

To make a donation or for further information on the Trust or any of the projects supported please contact:

Lynette Brooks, Head of Development
020 7382 2397

Barbican Centre Trust, Registered Charity number 294282