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
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.
Kate Matar CEO
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.
Rachel Teskey Director
Rachel works across our interpretive planning portfolio on projects in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Her work focuses on crafting stories, content and experiences for museums and exhibitions. She specialises in scriptwriting and is undertaking a PhD on the writing process in museums.
Louisa Brandt Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
Liz Shanks Projects Manager
Liz oversees the running of all our exciting, range of projects, with a wealth of management experience from the Art and Museum world, she is responsible for steering and structuring project management across the Barker Langham global network.
Taban Navak Projects Manager
Taban leads on large-scale projects at Barker Langham where she uses her strong organisation skills to ensure each project runs smoothly. She coordinates our team and associates, ensuring that each project is delivered to the highest possible standard.
Dana Dahleh Practice Manager
Dana is Barker Langham’s Practice 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.
Mapasa Masila Practice 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 and logistics run smoothly. Mapasa also provides project support and data management across a number of our UK 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.
Alice Magagnin Business Development and Marketing Manager
Alice works on business development across the company and is responsible for promoting the exciting projects at Barker Langham. Alice has experience coordinating and marketing a range of global projects within the museum and cultural heritage sector.
Fiona Cole-Hamilton Principal Consultant
Fiona is experienced in interpretation, curation and international engagement in the museum and gallery sector. She heads Barker Langham's North America office and uses her interpretation expertise and project management skills to develop engaging content across our interpretative planning portfolio on projects in the USA, Canada, UK, Europe and the Middle East
Liza Rogers Principal 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.
Dennie Apt Head of Financial Modelling
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.
Eleanor Suggett Head of Experience
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.
Paul Tourle Senior Consultant
Paul works on a range of BL projects as a Senior Consultant. His focus is on developing content and experiences for museums and exhibitions that speak to and illuminate audiences’ everyday lives. Paul is completing a PhD on logics of inclusion, diversity, difference and social justice in museum practice.
Ghaida Sawalha Senior Consultant
Ghaida is a content and interpretation specialist with a focus on modern history. She works on content management, research, interpretation and client liaison.
Fatma Abdel Aziz Senior Consultant
Fatma Abdel Aziz
Fatma is a Consultant currently based in Dubai. She is a trained archaeologist with a background in design and marketing. Her experience stems from creating an interdisciplinary space that supports the demands of a cultural project.
Andriy Khalik Senior Consultant
Andriy Khalik is a Senior Consultant at Barker Langham and supports our Business Planning team with a variety of projects. He has over 14 years of experience and specialises in finance, management and project accounting.
Jingyu Peng Senior Consultant
Jingyu Peng is a Senior Consultant at Barker Langham. She works on interpretation, content and audience development across our international portfolio, particularly for projects in China. Jingyu recently completed her PhD on understanding and measuring visitors’ experience with in-gallery digital media.
DR Lesley Gray Senior Consultant
DR Lesley Gray
Dr Lesley Gray is an experienced professional in museum education, community engagement, audience research and exhibition research. Based in the UAE, her research looks at Contemporary Art and Museums in the Arabian Gulf. At Barker Langham, Lesley works with the curatorial team for a variety of projects in the Arabian Gulf.
Rizwan Ahmad Head of Research
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.
Fergus Reoch Head Curator
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.
Dr Thomas Aplin Senior Researcher
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.
Maria Garcia-Abadillo Senior Consultant
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.
Caitlin Peck Senior Consultant
An experienced researcher and former museum curator, Caitlin is highly skilled in developing creative content for visitor experiences. At Barker Langham, Caitlin has worked on projects across our UK and Middle East portfolio, developing content and experiences for a wide range of audiences.
Amna Jawad Researcher
Amna contributes her knowledge of the Middle East and adept research and interpretive skills as a consultant for Barker Langham. With a design, architecture and art background, she supports across projects on developing exhibitions and narratives.
Sawsan Al Bahar Researcher
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 Researcher for Barker Langham, based in our Dubai office.
Jana Alameh Consultant
Jana is a consultant for Barker Langham, based in our Dubai office. She is experienced in research as well as fieldwork and uses her strong research and interpretive skills in her work.
Shahd Bani-Odeh Arabic 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.
Amna Al Shehhi Consultant
Amna Al Shehhi
Amna is a Projects Coordinator based in our Dubai office. Using her knowledge of the Middle East and her experience at various cultural institutions in the region, she liaises with clients and collaborators and provides the coordination, research and interpretive support that is integral to delivering successful projects.
Dr Wen Wen Senior Researcher
Dr Wen Wen
Wen is part of the research team. She holds a PhD in archaeology from University of Oxford, a MA in Heritage and Archaeology from UCL and a BA in Arabic from Peking University. She specialises in art, archaeology and heritage of the Middle East and Asia.
Queenie Wong Senior Graphic Designer
Queenie delivers a wide range of creative design outputs at Barker Langham, including the design of publications, presentations and exhibition projects. She has a particular focus on the graphic requirements for our projects in Asia and is also responsible for developing bespoke solutions for a broad variety of client briefs.
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.
Colin Jones Non - Executive Director
Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Colin is a Non-Executive Director, with a depth of experience spanning more that 40 years in curatorial and content development for exhibition, museums and cultural institutions.
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.
Nanae Nomura Project Coordinator, Barker Langham Recruitment
Nanae is a Projects Coordinator for Barker Langham Recruitment. She has extensive knowledge and understanding of a wide range of industries including the world of Arts, Finance, TV/Film and advertisement production. Nanae thrives in a multicultural and international environment, offering positive and constructive work ethic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lyn Rogers began her career in film and video production as a producer, director and writer winning many industry awards for her work. She now concentrates on writing; producing scripts for video, audio, web, multi-media and print.
Henry is a researcher, reporter and writer specialising in the politics and economies of the Middle East. His experience on the ground in the region and his language skills (Arabic, Persian, French and Spanish) are combined with his ability to carry out complex research tasks.
Salma is a Senior Arabic Copy-Editor Associate at Barker Langham. She currently leads the Arabic copy editing for our Doha team on the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ).
Bisan is a translator, interpreter, scriptwriter and editor, native in Arabic and fluent in English. Her career as a communicator grew with NGOs in Palestine, such as Mifath and the People’s Museum in Birzeit.
Abdul Aziz Nafesa
Abdul Aziz Alnafesah has worked across the cultural sphere in Saudi Arabia for more than thirty years. He has extensive experience in the fields of tourism and national heritage, and has worked closely with museum and exhibition professionals across the kingdom, and in other parts of the GCC. His academic background is in archaeology, and he has taken part in excavations all over Saudi Arabia. He has also advised and consulted with media and industrial companies working in Saudi Arabia.
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.