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Barbican Centre Trust seeks new Chair and Trustees

Barbican Centre Trust seeks new Chair and Trustees

Closing Date
25 January 2021
Time Commitment
24 days (chair)/12 days (trustee) pa

The Barbican Centre Trust is the charitable arm of the Barbican Centre, established to raise funds to support the Barbican Centre’s mission to inspire more people to discover and love the arts. The Trust contributes to the Barbican’s vision of arts without boundaries by securing vital funds which are invested in delivering the Centre’s programme and supporting its wide-ranging learning, community and outreach work. As the Barbican’s recovery and renewal picks up momentum throughout 2021 – and as it prepares for its 40th birthday celebrations in 2022 – the role of the Trust will become more significant than ever before.­

These are exceptional opportunities for individuals who love everything about the Barbican, and who understand that making our bold, ambitious plans a reality requires significant fundraising. The Barbican’s vision is rooted in an absolute commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and we would particularly like to hear from candidates whose professional and personal experience will bring new perspectives, understanding and capacity to the Board, and who help ensure the Trust fully reflects the rich diversity of London’s communities and cultural offer.

The Trust is seeking a Chair to succeed Emma Kane, whose committed and effective tenure has ensured that you’ll be joining a motivated, ambitious and highly-respected Fundraising Board that works in close and productive collaboration with the Centre’s recently appointed Director of Development and her expert team. While there is a major challenge ahead for every arts organisation, we believe that the Centre and Trust have never been better placed to maximise income from the widest range of sources. Your inspirational leadership of an essential and motivated group of supporters of the Barbican’s work will be fundamental to providing a really resilient foundation for the Centre’s recovery phase and beyond.­ Applicants will bring a sophisticated grasp of charitable fundraising, and the personal energy and presence to build influential relationships with philanthropic and CSR decision makers. A track record of achievement in your professional field, and a deep personal commitment to the Barbican’s vision and mission vision, are essential. You may also have a specific interest in one or more aspects of the Centre’s work – for example education and outreach, capacity building in the arts, performance opportunities, or commercial development.

Trustees play a vital role in the Barbican’s work through generating a significant proportion of our overall funding. This takes many forms, from initiating individual relationships with major donors, to engaging with local, national and international businesses and funders, increasing potential personal giving and supporting the Development Team with specific sector knowledge and introductions. You should appreciate the value of the Barbican Centre’s legacy, impact and ambition, and demonstrate that you understand the specific role of a Trustee in this setting. You must relish the personal challenge of making a tangible contribution to the Barbican’s success, and will draw profound satisfaction from seeing artistic experiences happen that – without you – simply wouldn’t exist. An affinity with the arts in their widest expression would be a distinct advantage, but this role is primarily about your ability to identify income-generating opportunities and to advocate compellingly on behalf of the charity, initiating partnerships and introducing potential funders into a mutually beneficial relationship with the Development team.

For application details, please click here.

To find out more, visit www.barbican.org.uk/trust