The Chief Barker

The Chief Barker is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (the “Crew”).

The position is normally held for one year and the incumbent leads the charity in all matters relating to governance and strategy.

The title derives from fairground entertainment. Historically, a “Barker” drummed up customers at the fairground.  

Harold Tillman and James Corden

Biography of Harold Tillman CBE, the 2019 Chief Barker

Harold Tillman CBE is an established entrepreneur across fashion and business and is an ambassador and champion of British fashion. He has held pro bono positions, including acting as the longest serving Chairman of the British Fashion Council, as a former Trustee of the V&A, and as Chair of the Fundraising Board for the London College of Fashion. In this latter role, he formed his own Scholarship to support students financially to achieve their MA degrees. He has also recently created and funded a new Scholarship for Sustainability, designed to help students learn about the need for reducing pollution. He currently Chairs the Ethical Fashion Forum. Harold became an Honorary Fellow of the University of the Arts in 2008. In 2010 he was awarded a CBE and in 2011 was Awarded the Freedom of the City of London.

Harold has been a long standing supporter of Variety and founded the charity’s “Patrons of Variety”, created to fund the work of Variety while bringing together philanthropic and eminent individuals to celebrate the charity.

Click here to read Daily Express coverage of Harold's appointment.

More Information

If you would like to contact the Chief Barker, please email chief.barker@variety.org.uk or call on 020 7428 8129.