The Chief Barker

The Chief Barker is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

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.  

Bill Sangster Variety Chief Barker

Bill Sangster, 2020 Chief Barker

Bill has supported Variety for over 20 years and in many ways, from assisting with Annual Balls, sponsoring Sunshine Coaches, co-chairing the Fundraising Committee and joining the board of trustees in 2012. Bill has also been the Chair of the Sunshine Coach programme since 2009.

Bill combines his passion for Variety with another of his interests: golf; introducing the successful Variety Rugby Legends at Loch Lomond in 2013, which he continues to chair. He has been a member of the Variety Golfing Society since 1999 and was appointed an Executive to the Golfing Society Board in 2017 by the late and well-respected Tom Hilliard OBE. Bill is also the Chair of Governors at Five Acre Wood School in Kent, a school for children and young people with profound, severe and complex learning difficulties. 

More Information

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