Barbican management reorganisation sees bigger events remit

Promotions and more responsibility for the Barbican Business Events team will see all elements of corporate meetings and event activity brought together to deliver an end service for clients using Europe’s largest combined arts and conference venue.

Jackie Boughton’s role has been extended from head of sales and marketing to head of business events, in charge of a new look portfolio, which includes the management of the Barbican’s conference and event offering, the exhibition halls, as well as event sales and delivery for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Milton Court. The changes will bring the various arms of the venue’s meetings and events offering together for the first time.

Lee Dobson’s role as head of event management has been expanded to include delivery and management of the wider event offering.

Graz Kalenik will remain general manager of the Exhibition Halls, while Oliver Hargreaves has been promoted to head of sales and Georgia Toppin has been promoted to deputy head of sales.

Sandeep Dewar, chief operating and financial officer for the Barbican Centre and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, said: “The promotions within the team are well deserved, with the venue continuing to grow market share, turnover and profitability over the last two years. But financial success is not our only benchmark of success – Lee Dobson has worked tirelessly with his team to ensure client satisfaction and feedback continue to grow, delivering our best BDRC results to date and ensuring a significant increase in repeat business.

“The team has also been instrumental in the significant refurbishment undertaken across the venue this year, particularly the Frobisher Conference Suites, which now provide one of the best equipped meetings and events facilities in the City of London.”

Jackie Boughton comments: “This is an exciting time for the whole of the Barbican Business Events team. We are already forging ahead with plans for the next year as well as new business opportunities and even more ways to satisfy our customers. I am honoured to have to support of such a dedicated team, who continually go beyond the call of duty to make the Barbican the success it is.”

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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