Tom Sleigh re-elected as Chair of Barbican Centre Board

Tom Sleigh

Tom Sleigh has been re-elected to serve a fourth year as Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Barbican Centre Board.

 The body is responsible for overseeing the Barbican Centre – one of Europe's leading arts venues, and among the UK’s greatest architectural achievements, recognised globally as a Brutalist icon.

 Tom is Group Corporate Affairs Director at The Bank of London.

 He represents the ward of Bishopsgate in the Square Mile and sits on the City Corporation’s Policy and Resources Committee, its Culture, Heritage and Libraries Committee, and its Finance Committee.

 An international art and learning centre rooted in its neighbourhood, the Barbican Centre showcases all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre, and visual arts, attracting two million visitors a year.

 The venue is home to two art galleries, two theatres, three cinemas, a concert hall, a library, conference facilities, and a tropical conservatory. It also runs a series of programmes which support emerging creative talent.

 The City Corporation is working with the Barbican Centre on the Barbican Renewal project - a multi-million-pound upgrade of the site.

And the centre is set to play a leading role in the City Corporation’s Destination City programme, which aims to make the Square Mile a world-leading leisure destination for UK and global visitors, workers, and residents to enjoy.

 Chair of the City Corporation’s Barbican Centre Board, Tom Sleigh, said:

 “I am delighted to have been re-elected and to be able to continue working with such passionate, committed, and supportive colleagues.

 “This is a crucial time as we move forward with the Barbican Renewal project, continue our progress on making the Barbican a more equal and fair place, and  work to ensure continuing financial stability.

 “The Barbican Centre is a cornerstone of our flagship Destination City programme, enhancing our already unrivalled world-renowned arts and culture, and elevating our attractiveness as a global destination.

 “I am looking forward to building on decades of achievement and helping to deliver the next phase of success for this cultural powerhouse.”

 The City Corporation is the owner, founder, and principal funder of the Barbican Centre. It is the fourth largest funder of heritage and cultural activities in the UK and invests over £130m every year.


 Notes to editors

 About the City of London Corporation

 The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK –

 About the Barbican

 A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican is London’s Creative Catalyst for arts, curiosity, and enterprise. The Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Its creative learning programme further underpins everything it does. Over a million people attend events annually, hundreds of artists and performers are featured, and more than 700 staff work onsite. The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, The Pit, Cinemas 1, 2 and 3, Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, public spaces, a library, the Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants. The City of London Corporation is the founder and principal funder of the Barbican Centre. The Barbican is home to Resident Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra; Associate Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra; Associate Ensembles the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia, Associate Producer Serious, and Artistic Partner Create. Our Artistic Associates include Boy BlueCheek by Jowl, Deborah Warner, Drum Works and Michael Clark . The Los Angeles Philharmonic are the Barbican’s International Orchestral Partner, the Australian Chamber Orchestra are International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court, and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra are International Associate Ensemble.