Emma Kane appointed as new Chairman of the Barbican Centre Trust


The Barbican is very pleased to announce the appointment of Emma Kane as the new Chairman of the Barbican Centre Trust.

Emma has worked in corporate and financial PR for over 25 years 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 PR, an award-winning financial, corporate PR and investor relations agency which is now part of Porta Communications plc.

Alongside a successful career in the City and communications, Emma Kane is a keen advocate for the arts – a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Board Director of Grange Park Opera. Emma is also an avid sculptor and has a Diploma in Jazz & Popular Music.

My mission is to ensure as many potential supporters as possible are aware of our diverse, innovative and inspirational arts and learning programme.

Emma Kane Chairman Barbican

Emma Kane, Chairman, Barbican Centre Trust said:

“I am very honoured to be taking over as Chairman from Christopher Purvis CBE. I believe that the arts are a vital part of society, and as world-class arts and learning organisation; the Barbican has a hugely important role to play. This year alone the Barbican’s projects have been supported by organisations such as Bloomberg, Google, Linklaters and Prudential.

"However, there are so many businesses, trusts and foundations, and individuals in a position to support, not only the plethora of exciting theatre, music, film, and art we deliver, but also our learning programmes which support, inspire and develop the employability skills of thousands of people every year. My mission is to ensure as many potential supporters as possible are aware of our diverse, innovative and inspirational arts and learning programme.”

Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director, Barbican said:

“Emma has been a dedicated member of the Barbican Centre Trust since 2012, and we are delighted that she has now taken on the role of Chairman. She is passionate both about the arts and about our work in east London. She will bring great energy and enthusiasm to the role and we look forward to working closely with her to help connect new individuals and businesses who share our commitment to delivering world-class arts and learning at the Barbican and beyond.”

The Barbican Centre Trust Limited is the charitable arm of the Barbican Centre established in 1985 and registered as a charity in 1986. The Trust raises funds for The Barbican Centre’s artistic programme and creative learning activities which focus on working with schools and communities in east London to skills and build the confidence of young people

This week, the Barbican – together with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama announced a new manifesto to ‘help young people find their creative voice’ - along with five new initiatives. Putting young people at its heart, the manifesto pledges to help them access the best arts events, have a platform for creativity, gain skills and jobs, to listen to them and work with the sector to bring their ideas to life.