Barbican appoints new director of operations and buildings

International arts and conference venue complex, The Barbican, has appointed Jonathon Poyner to manage its operations and buildings. He will be responsible for operations at both The Barbican and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, including the Milton Court training space.

In all, Poyner will manage facilities across nine buildings in the City of London.

“The difference between a world-class venue and a world-class experience is people,” he says. “ I believe in the value of culture in nation building, and this role offers me the opportunity to work with my colleagues to ensure that the Barbican and Guildhall School maintain and develop their brands internationally.”

Milton Court, a £90m development for the Guildhall School, boasts a capacity of 608, world-class acoustic design and state-of-the-art technical capabilities. The venue, located in the City of London, is targeting also AGMs, conferences and product launches.

The Barbican achieved AIM Gold standard in 2014 and again in 2016 – a mark of excellence demonstrating the important traits of compliancy, competency and capability. The accreditation, run by the Meetings Industry Association, consists of a strict auditing process of rigorous tests, which examine all elements of the business, including planning, customer environment and levels of service.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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