Barker Langham are a friendly, approachable team, with a diverse range of skills, experience and knowledge.
Darren Barker Founder
Darren is a founding Director of Barker Langham and leads the company’s work across its strategic and business planning portfolio. He is an experienced cultural and business planner, and has developed a diverse range of cultural schemes, from museums and historic buildings to parks and landscapes – with work covering vision, options appraisal, business and operational planning.
Eric Langham Founder
Eric is a founding Director of Barker Langham and leads the company’s creative and curatorial services. He is a visitor experience specialist and has an impressive track record in interpretation and curation, leading the development of some of the world’s most iconic cultural projects.
Aisha Shaheed Managing Director
Aisha coordinates all aspects of the Barker Langham office, managing the resources for our UK and international projects, and ensuring that we deliver projects on time and in budget. She is responsible for managing our financial systems, developing and implementing company policies, recruitment, and high-level project management.
Rachel Spencer Managing Director, Middle East
Rachel specialises in the development and delivery of projects in the Middle East region. As Associate Director, Middle East, she engages with clients and coordinates the Gulf-based Barker Langham team. Her recent projects have included strategic and business planning, and curatorial and content development for a range of cultural and heritage projects in the Gulf region.
Emily Hall Director
Emily leads on strategic and interpretive projects across our international portfolio, delivering projects across Europe, Russia, North America and the Middle East. As Associate Director, Berlin, she leads on our European projects. Her specialisms include interpretive planning, visitor experience development, and exhibition content and scripts.
Micah Styles Recruitment Director, Barker Langham Recruitment
Micah is responsible for the international operational delivery of our recruitment work. His experience includes a decade and a half within the cultural and heritage recruitment sector.
Olivia Boutrou Art Director
Olivia is responsible for Barker Langham’s creative design outputs. Managing the creative process from brief to delivery, she creates and develops bespoke solutions for a broad variety of client briefs, from small publications to exhibition projects. She also develops our visual identity through various communication tools, across a wide range of media.
Amar Dave Non-Executive Director
Amar brings special knowledge and extensive experience of the arts and heritage sector as a Non-Executive Director at Barker Langham. He provides expert advice and advises on the most effective operational and business frameworks for organisational development. He currently holds the position as Strategic Director for Regeneration and Environment for Brent Council in London.
Kate Matar Project Director, Middle East
Kate is an experienced arts, culture and tourism professional with extensive experience of working alongside key arts and culture institutions in the Gulf and around the world. Kate’s role covers project direction and delivery in the Middle East region, with a particular focus on interpretation and strategy projects, alongside business development and partnership-building.
Melita Yuen Practice Manager
Melita bridges the gap between business and creative to help new ideas thrive in design-led, creative environments, working between ideas, people and organisations. As Practice Manager, she instigates a range of strategies to develop and sustain business goals, achieved through a genuine understanding of people and business realities.
Louisa Brandt Consultant
Louisa works on a range of projects in our Middle East portfolio. A seasoned financial planner, Louisa brings economic insight and strategy to our business planning projects. She also contributes to museum and exhibition development projects, providing project and content management, and research support.
Fiona King Principal Consultant
Fiona is an experienced audience engagement specialist, and develops interpretive plans, feasibility studies and strategic appraisals for cultural heritage projects around the world. She has worked on a number of successful HLF projects, and also manages Barker Langham's marketing and communications.
Rizwan Ahmad Senior Researcher
Rizwan provides comprehensive research support across our portfolio, particularly the Middle East. He liaises with international institutions and academics, undertaking targeted research and sourcing content for exhibitions and museums.
Aisa Martinez Research Consultant, Middle East
Aisa works on a range of projects, principally across our Middle East portfolio developing content through extensive research. She is an Arabic-speaker and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from extensive fieldwork across the Gulf region and work in the academic and culture sectors.
Fergus Reoch Research Consultant, Middle East
Fergus works across our Middle East portfolio, providing translation, scripting and research support. He is an Arabic speaker, with extensive experience working as a translator, curator, and producer on media and cultural projects the Gulf region, particularly Saudi Arabia.
Nisrine Jaafar Consultant, Content and Interpretation
Nisrine develops our research strategies alongside delivering high quality reports and analyses. She applies her extensive experience in research, policy analysis and education to particular focus on the Middle East, bringing a multi-disciplinary and multi-lingual approach to our team.
Fiona Cole-Hamilton Senior Consultant
Fiona is experienced in interpretation, curation and international engagement in the museum and gallery sector. She uses her interpretation expertise and project management skills to develop engaging content across our interpretative planning portfolio on projects in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.
Rachel Teskey Senior Interpretation Consultant
Rachel works across our interpretive planning portfolio on projects in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Her work focuses on developing stories, content and experiences for museum and exhibitions. She specialises in script writing and is undertaking a PhD on the role of script development in the interpretive planning process.
Emily Cronin Business Development and Marketing Coordinator
Emily works on business development across the company and is responsible for promoting the exciting projects at Barker Langham. Emily has experience coordinating and marketing a range of global projects within the museum and cultural heritage sector.
Liza Rogers Research Coordinator
Liza works with the wider team to coordinate and deliver cultural heritage projects across the BL portfolio in the UK and abroad. She undertakes archival research as well as audience engagement to underpin project development. In addition, Liza sources exhibition content for our projects and manages our bespoke content management system.
Dr Thomas Aplin Research Consultant (Arabic)
Dr Thomas Aplin
As an Arabic Specialist, Thomas undertakes English and Arabic research for Barker Langham. He also and develops narrative-driven content for museums and exhibitions.
Duygu Hardman Market and Financial Data Analyst
Duygu supports the delivery of business planning projects in the UK and internationally through economic research and financial analysis. She is also responsible for the development of Barker Langham Analytics, a culture sector specific business planning tool that allows efficient creation of financial data.
Alkindi Aljawabra Consultant
Alkindi is an architect, curator and researcher with experience working on cultural and architectural projects across the Middle East. As an Associate, Alkindi oversees content management for a major museum project in Doha where he is also pursuing his PhD.
Charmaine Wong Project Coordinator
Charmaine works across our portfolio, providing project coordination, management and research across our UK and Middle East portfolio. She develops audience development strategies, implements stakeholder and community engagement, and undertakes research that underpins many of our reports and large funding applications.
Sonam Chaggar Project Coordinator
Sonam leads on multiple large-scale projects at Barker Langham, liaising with various teams in the UK, Middle East and Europe. She is also responsible for key stakeholder engagement and is first point of contact for clients. Sonam joins Barker Langham with seven years’ experience gained from strategic branding and design consultancies, having worked with prestigious brands worldwide.
Lizzi Hewitt Research Analyst
Lizzi works across the breadth of Barker Langham’s projects, undertaking qualitative and quantitative research in support of wider team projects. With a particular interest in strategy and business planning for cultural organisations, Lizzi’s market and comparator research lays the contextual groundwork for many of our projects.
Beth Wratislaw Researcher
Beth is part of the Barker Langham research team and is responsible for conducting archival, contemporary, comparator and market research. She also ensures that there is a solid research base across our UK and Middle East projects portfolio.
Flora Kiss Graphic Designer
Flora delivers a wide range of graphics at Barker Langham, including the design of reports, publications and presentations. She has a particular focus on the graphic requirements for our projects in the Middle East, and is also responsible for our digital design requirements.
Jessica Richer Graphic Designer
Jessica is a multidisciplinary graphic designer at Barker Langham. She supports the Graphic Design team creating and designing printed and digital projects, including reports, publications and presentations. She also maintains and assists the development of Barker Langham's visual identity.
Bill Bolton Graphic Designer
Bill is a longstanding graphic designer with Barker Langham, and works across our projects delivering creative and high quality 2D and 3D designs and illustrations.
Mapasa Masila Office Coordinator
Mapasa is the first point of contact for our London office and provides administrative support across our office, from facilities, to finances, to health and safety. She helps to organise our team, and ensures data is properly managed properly and logistics run smoothly. Mapasa also provides project support and data management across a number of our UK projects.
Aimee Clarke Finance Manager
Aimee is responsible for the production of management accounts and project finances, managing the sales and purchase ledgers at Barker Langham. Aimee is ACCA qualified and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration, with 16 years' experience working in finance.
Ian Duckworth Associate Director, Barker Langham Recruitment
Ian has been recruiting in the Museum and Cultural Sector since 2001 and supervises the candidate research and resourcing activity for Barker Langham Recruitment.
Gary Katzler Chairman, Barker Langham Recruitment
Gary leads the strategic direction of Barker Langham Recruitment, chairs our Management Committee and oversees all major recruitment projects. He has in excess of 25 years recruitment experience in both the UK and internationally.
Ghadah is a researcher with a focus on culture, art and management in the MENA region. As an Associate with Barker Langham, she works across our Middle East projects on cultural and business planning initiatives.
As a Research Specialist for the Middle East, Maryam is involved in the contextualisation and localisation of content and concepts for various BL projects in Doha, so that they appeal to the local society of Qatar.
Gemma is a qualified project manager with experience leading multi-disciplinary teams and high visibility cultural projects. As a Barker Langham Associate in Dubai, Gemma manages projects in the Middle East portfolio.
Sami de Giosa
Sami currently provides expert research and curatorial work for Barker Langham’s Middle East projects. He specialises in Islamic art, architecture, and religion and has experience curating and lecturing for a number of museums and academic institutions in the UK and the Middle East.
Lesley is a researcher in Contemporary Art and Museums in the Arabian Gulf. Her experience encompasses museum education, community engagement, and audience and exhibition research. As a Barker Langham Associate, Lesley provides art consultancy services.
Bill is a cultural heritage consultant with a focus on Middle East museum collections and fine art. With a wealth of experience in developing world-class exhibitions around the world, Bill delivers curatorial services and project management.
Jihad is a Content Manager with a high level of experience in researching, managing, and producing content and media for large cultural projects in the MENA region. He manages exhibition content, and conducts and coordinates editorial and archive research. His role always necessitates the ability to creatively interpret the resources available to best support exhibition or film narratives.
Claire specialises in heritage interpretation and planning. She has developed exhibitions in a range of museum and heritage sites including the National Maritime Museum, English Heritage the Natural History Museum and the Tower of London.
Alexandra is a museum consultant and researcher, specialising in museum development and heritage practices in the Arabian Peninsula. Her background as an Arabic linguist and translator, as well as her childhood in the Gulf region, informs the focus of her research.
Kate is a strategic culture and heritage consultant and scriptwriter with extensive experience in the heritage and events industries. She plans and delivers strategy, creative concepts, research and scripts across digital, print and live interpretation.
Jamie delivers public and stakeholder engagement for our range of heritage projects. Working closely with our research and consultant team, he is involved in surveys, interviews, focus groups and the analysis of audience data.
Miriam is an experienced curator, art historian and specialist in Modern and Contemporary art from the Middle East region. She provides her expert advice and knowledge in curation, art history, collections and acquisitions to our projects, primarily based in the Middle East.
Richard is a multi-disciplined designer with experience in all stages of the interpretive design process - from creative pitches, concept and content development through to detail design and project management and implementation.
Al is a specialist in Semitic languages and cultures. Since 2007 Al has been working with Barker Langham in a consultancy capacity, dealing mainly with Arabic-language materials. In addition to researching materials in Arabic and English, he manages and edits textual content, and provides analysis supporting creative material.
Jo has over 25 years’ experience defining, developing and delivering profitable business models for the not-for-profit world. She is currently working with Barker Langham on strategic business planning projects.
Gareth Robertson is a Director of Five Lines Consulting. He is a chartered accountant and MBA graduate with a track record of leading on business cases and complex financial modelling and analysis for major public and private sector clients – typically on mixed use property development schemes that span residential, commercial and leisure uses.
Jennifer is a cultural industry consultant with extensive experience in the development of cultural policy, complex programme management and strategic business planning for not-for-profit institutions. She has worked on projects in the United States, Europe and the Middle East.
Laura has developed narrative experiences and interpretive strategies for a wide range of projects - museums; parks; exhibitions; historic sites - across the globe. She regularly applies her understanding of visitors to strategic development for cultural heritage projects, contributing to feasibility studies, business planning, and HLF applications.
Craig has 25 years experience as a senior executive in the built environment and provides invaluable advice to our cultural projects across the globe. He is a design and construction specialist and has led the development and delivery of some of the world’s most iconic projects.
Dr Colin Sterling
Colin is involved in the strategic planning and delivery of varied research assignments, from on-street consultations and comparator studies to oral-history interviews and archival research. Across national and international projects, Colin helps to develop robust methodologies that inform our bespoke interpretation, audience and business plans.
Eleanor is an experienced curator, researcher and writer, specialising in contemporary design and culture. She has worked across a number of museums and galleries in the UK, most recently as part of the curatorial team at the Design Museum, London, delivering its inaugural permanent collection.