Barbican appoints new Director of Commercial

Friday, 17.11.2023
London’s Barbican Centre has appointed Jackie Boughton as Director of Commercial following nearly ten years as the venue’s Head of Business Events, the last year of which has seen her working as acting Director of Commercial.
Jackie Boughton, Photo: Barbican

Jackie Boughton, Photo: Barbican

Jackie Boughton has held a number of key roles in the business events and hospitality industries during a career that has included leading hotel chains, consultancies and venues. In her new role, she will step up to permanently oversee key elements of the Barbican’s commercial offering. This covers a portfolio ranging from exploring new commercial partnerships as well as the development of new revenue streams for the Centre.

The Barbican’s Chief Executive Officer, Claire Spencer, commented: “Jackie has been leading the way as Head of Business Events since she joined in May 2014. During that time, she has focused on continuing the Barbican’s commercial growth, while blending in its artistic offering to create memorable events for clients. Jackie has been an integral part of the Barbican’s senior management team and this new role is very well-deserved.”

International recruitment campaign

This news coincides with the Barbican launching an international recruitment campaign to find a new Director for Audiences, a Director for Buildings and Renewal, and a Director for Arts and Participation to join its leadership team. These three roles are set to be instrumental in helping the Centre transform its programming, its engagement with audiences, and its building.