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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.


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


Trustee biographies

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.

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.

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

SHM Foundation

Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement

Terra Foundation for American Art


Crystal Amber Fund

Trevor Fenwick and Jane Hindley

Mr Gregory Jankilevitsch

Marcus Margulies

SHM Foundation

Mr and Mrs Baha Bassatne

Farmida Bi

Jo and Tom Bloxham MBE

Emma Kane

Ruth and Stuart Lipton

Tracey, Eloise and Max Mayerson

John Murray

Natrium Capital Limited     

The Porter Foundation

Alex and Elena Gerko

Martin and Celestina Hughes

Ian Rosenblatt

Beatrice and Christian Schlumberger


Anonymous (1)

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

Horacio Queiro

Brian Smith

Lady Juliet and Dr Christopher Tadgell


Anonymous (5)

Stephen and Alyson Barter

Peter Bazalgette and Hilary Newiss

Sam and Rosie Berwick

Nicholas Berwin

Lynn Biggs

Professor Geraldine Brodie

Gwen and Stanley Burnton

Tony Chambers

Tim and Caroline Clark

Dr Gianetta Corley 

Erica Cosburn

Ian S. Ferguson 

Marina Gratsos

Barbara and Michael Gwinnell

Julian Hale and Helen Likierman

Gary Halkyard

Richard and Jenny Hardie

Malcolm Herring 

Hollick Family Foundation

Richard Hopkin 

Sajid Hussein 

Wendy Hyde

Sir Nicholas Kenyon

Colin Kirkpatrick

Kendall Langford

Neil and Tracy Lawson-May 

Sir Laurie and Lady Magnus

Robert McHenry and Sally Lloyd-Bostock

Wendy Mead

Sir Paul Morgan

Lucy Musgrave and Zad Rogers 

Professor Dame Linda Partridge and Mr Michael Morgan

Oliver Pauley

Ben and Christina Perry

Keith Salway

Mary Tapissier and family

Peter Tolhurst

John and Paula Tomlinson

Steven Tredget 

Mel Tsiaprazis

Peter and Karen Ventress

American Express



Howden M&A



Allford Hall Monaghan Morris


Bank of America

DLA Piper

Pinsent Masons

Slaughter and May

Art Fund

Australian High Comission

Boshier-Hinton Foundation

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch)

Cockayne - Grants for the Arts

Creative Europe Programme for the European Union

Edge Foundation

Europa Cinemas

Idlewild Trust

Institut français du Royaume-Uni

Leche Trust

Mactaggart Third Fund

Noël Coward Foundation

Performing Arts Fund NL

PRS Foundation

The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust

The Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation

The Clare McKeon Charitable Trust

The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

The Golsconcott Foundation

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation 

The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation

The Henry Moore Foundation

The London Community Foundation

The Rainbow Dickinson Trust

The Rudge Shipley Charitable Trust

Tom ap Rhys Pryce Memorial Trust

Tower Hill Trust

U.S. Embassy London

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