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.
Rachel Spencer Managing Director, Middle East
Rachel specialises in the development and delivery of projects in the Middle East region. As Managing 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 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.
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.
David Woodhouse Finance Manager
David is responsible for the finance function at Barker Langham, producing monthly management accounts and reporting on project finances. He is an Associate Member of the (IFA) Institute of Financial Accountants and holds a master’s degree in Business Administration.
Dana Dahleh Assistant Practice Manager & Office Manager, Middle East
Dana is Barker Langham’s Assistant Practice and Office Manager, based in our Dubai office. She coordinates between our headquarters in London and Barker Langham’s international offices, providing overall management of the Dubai team’s resources and general oversight across our Middle East projects.
Andrea Temple Accounts Assistant
Andrea plays a key role in keeping Barker Langham’s finance operations running smoothly on a daily basis, working as part of the operations team. As Accounts Assistant, Andrea supports the team by managing the purchase ledger and purchase orders, keeping clear and accurate financial records, and handling any financial queries.
Aruna Tak HR Manager
Aruna is responsible for the welfare of the staff at Barker Langham in the UK and overseas offices, ensuring that best practice is maintained through the different human resource functions. Aruna is CIPD qualified with 10 years' of HR experience.
Mapasa Masila Office Manager
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.
Rachel Teskey Principal 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.
Louisa Brandt Senior 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.
Eleanor Suggett Senior Consultant
Eleanor is an experienced in curator, researcher and writer, specialising in interpretation and education in the museum and gallery sector. With a specialism in design and architecture, she works across the UK, Europe and Middle East portfolio on interpretative planning and exhibition development.
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.
Sawsan Al Bahar Senior Researcher, Middle East
Sawsan Al Bahar
Born in Damascus and raised in Sharjah, Sawsan is an architect, researcher, and artist based in the UAE. She uses her strong research and writing skills as a Senior Researcher for Barker Langham, based in our Dubai office.
Maria Garcia-Abadillo Researcher
Maria is an experienced content manager, specialising in the development of creating digital experiences within the cultural sector. She is currently working on the strategy and design of Barker Langham's digital products, mainly for our projects in the Middle East.
Aisa Martinez Research Consultant
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
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.
Alex Fairhead Senior Consultant
Alex has over ten years’ experience delivering and managing museum gallery and exhibition projects. As a Senior Consultant, he is currently leading on the delivery of Barker Langham’s work on a national museum in the Middle East.
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.
Liza Rogers Senior Consultant
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.
Shahd Bani-Odeh Scriptwriter & Researcher
Shahd is experienced in research and content development from working in media, radio programming, journalism, and scriptwriting. She uses her strong research and writing skills as a Researcher and Scriptwriter at Barker Langham, based in the Dubai office.
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.
Amna Jawad Researcher, Middle East
Amna is a Local Researcher for Barker Langham, based in our Dubai office. She uses her strong research, analytical and organisational skills to deliver a number of our projects in the Middle East region.
Marishana Mabusela Researcher
Marishana works across the Barker Langham portfolio, providing qualitative and quantitative research support for our UK and Middle East projects. With a strong background in archaeology, she is able to deliver both historical and analytical research for a range of diverse projects at Barker Langham.
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.
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 Senior Consultant, Business Planning
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.
Dennie Apt Consultant
Dennie is a highly experienced finance professional, holding areas of expertise in planning, financial analysis and strategic reviews. He supports our business planning projects by conducting research and analysis and develops sustainable financial models for both short and long-term plans.
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.
Taban Navak Project Coordinator
Taban leads on large-scale projects at Barker Langham where she uses her strong organisation skills to ensure each project runs smoothly. This involves coordinating and clearly communicating to our team based in London and Dubai, closely monitoring the project’s progress, identifying risks, and delivering the project’s deliverables in a timely and efficient manner.
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.
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.
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.
Maryam Meyniel Projects Coordinator, Barker Langham Recruitment
Maryam is a Projects Coordinator for Barker Langham Recruitment. She is experienced in coordinating a variety of projects within a pan-European context and is Prince 2 (Foundation) certified.
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.
Aisha Shaheed Non-Executive Director
Aisha brings years of experience of managing Barker Langham and supporting its growth. As a Non-Executive Director she provides mentoring and strategic support to the Directors and senior team.
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.
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 an interpreter and researcher specialising in contemporary art, museums and cultural heritage in the Arabian Gulf. Her experience encompasses curatorial planning, museum education, community engagement, and audience and exhibition research.
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.
Fiona is an experienced cultural heritage planner, and develops feasibility studies, interpretation and audience plans, and strategic appraisals for projects around the world. She has helped develop a number of successful HLF projects, and is Trustee of Lewisham Building Preservation Trust.
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.