Barbican Centre Trust
The Barbican Centre Trust is a charity registered in England and Wales (294282). It is dedicated to raising funds to support the Barbican Centre’s 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 Emma Kane.

Barbican Centre Trust accounts

Download 2015/2016 Accounts (pdf)
Download 2014/2015 Accounts (pdf)
Download 2013/2014 Accounts (pdf)
Download 2012/2013 Accounts (pdf)
Download 2011/2012 Accounts (pdf)
Download 2010/2011 Accounts (pdf)
Download 2009/2010 Accounts (pdf)

Trustee Biographies

Emma Kane is the Chairman of the Barbican Centre Trust. She 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.

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.

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.

Sir Nicholas Kenyon became Managing Director of the Barbican Centre in October 2007. He was Controller, BBC Radio 3 1992-8, and Director of the BBC Proms from 1996 to 2007. He was a music critic for The New Yorker, The Times and Observer, and editor of Early Music 1983-92. He was appointed Controller, BBC Radio 3 in 1992, and was 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. He 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 and a board member of Sage Gateshead. He was knighted in the 2008 New Year Honours, and in 2011 received the British Academy President’s medal for outstanding service to the arts and humanities. He is married with four children and lives in London. 

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 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 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.

Torsten Thiele is a Visiting Fellow at the LSE Institute of Global Affairs and Founder of the Global Ocean Trust. Until 2013 he was Head of Telecommunications Project Finance at Investec Bank plc. 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.

John Tomlinson has been a member of the Court of Common Council of the City of London since 2004. He is currently Chairman of the Board of the Barbican Centre, Deputy Chairman of the Port Health and Environmental Services Committee; a member of the Policy and Resources Committee, the Finance Committee and a trustee of the Cripplegate Foundation. A qualified accountant, John has lived in the Barbican for 20 years and is active in residents’ affairs. During the 30 years he worked for BT, he was Finance Director of its International and Enterprises divisions. Amongst his responsibilities were being a Board member of Intelsat in Washington and of Cellnet (now O2). He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Fletchers, a member of the Guildhall Historical Association and the Cripplegate Ward Club. His interests include walking, travel and music. He is taking singing lessons and has passed the ABRSM level 3 exam with merit.

Steven Tredget has worked in investment banking for 17 years. During this time he has focussed on raising monies for publicly listed small and medium sized companies. He began his career at stock brokers Collins Stewart and in 2007 was a founding partner of investment bank Liberum Capital, a leading pan European broker and UK corporate finance house. His work in charity has included being a founder of the annual Good Egg Ball and not for profit sports company 100% Events. He has a passion for sporting endurance, tackling events on foot, bike and kayak.

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 6185

Barbican Centre Trust, Registered Charity number 294282