The Crew

The Variety 'Crew' is the governing body of the charity and is led by the ‘Chief Barker’. The terms 'Crew' and ‘Chief Barker’ reflect the circus element of the charity's showbusiness roots.


The 'Crew' looks after the strategic direction of Variety, the Children's Charity, and all committees report to the Crew. Comprising members who have proved themselves committed and valuable to the charity, honorary advisors in specialist fields and representative/s of other organisations or groups who provide liaison between them and Variety, the 'Crew' meets once a month in London.

2018 Trustees

Chief Barker 
Duncan Syers (Chair of the Board)


Malcolm Brenner, Laurence Davis, Jonathan Gold, Trevor Green, Anthony Harris, Tony Hatch, Jason Lewis, James Martin, Tushar Prabhu, Ronnie Nathan, Stanley Salter, Bill Sangster, Professor Jonathan Shalit OBE, Nick Shattock, Pamela Sinclair, Neil Sinclair, Duncan Syers, Dilly Kitchlew-Williamson

Advisory Board

This comprises past Chief Barkers, past International Presidents and other past members of Crew who have given an outstanding contribution to Variety. The Advisory Board’s members attend some of the Crew meetings and meet separately throughout the year.  The Advisory Board’s main role is to ensure that there is succession planning for future Crew and Chief Barkers.

Financial Governance Principle

The aim of everyone involved in Variety is to enable the charity to support as many children and young people as possible. To do this, we have to achieve significant and continuous financial support. But we will never accept funding from a source or activity that is illegal, where the relationship would be counter-productive to the work of Variety, the Children's Charity or, where it is in direct conflict with our aims of improving the lives of children and young people every day and/or where it could impact negatively on their welfare.

More Information

For more information, please contact Variety Head Office on 020 7428 8100 or email

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