Barker Langham promotes Louisa Brandt and Rachel Teskey

19 May 2021 2 min. read
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International culture consultancy Barker Langham has promoted two of its longer-serving company members.

Louisa Brandt has been with Barker Langham for seven years in its Middle East operation. Based in Dubai, the newly appointed director leads several of the firm’s cultural projects in the region, focusing particularly on business, strategic planning, project management and client liaison.

Recent responsibilities have included project managing Barker Langham’s work for a national museum project and the development of business and operational plans for Qasr Al Hosn’s large-scale heritage masterplan project and the Oman Across Ages Museum. More recently, she completed the AlUla Old Town and Summer Farms development project, where she was the Project Lead.

Barker Langham promotes Louisa Brandt and Rachel Teskey

Brandt currently is working on a number of major regional projects, including new cultural districts, urban landscapes, and the development of a new science centre in Saudi Arabia. Alongside her board role, she also manages Barker Langham’s global strategy team.

Prior to joining Barker Langham, Brandt worked as a Curator and Coordinator at art galleries and exhibitions in the Arabian Gulf, having started her career in the finance industry in Sweden.

Rachel Teskey joined the consulting firm as an intern in 2011 and has grown the ranks to now become director and one of the firm’s six board members. She is based in the UK, and leads the firm’s interpretive planning work focused on crafting stories, experiences and content for museums and cultural projects.

Specialising in exhibition development, her key skills include interpretation, text writing, digital media and research. Teskey has, among others, worked on ‘experiences’ for the Tower of London, Historic England, Newark Castle and Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, and has recently delivered an interpretive plan and audience strategy for the redevelopment of the Bank of England Museum.

She also gained experience in the Middle East, including working on the National Museum of Qatar where she was responsible for interpretive planning and visitor experience across 12 galleries and over 100 bespoke exhibits. Her recent projects include interpretation and content development for a museum on Dubai’s history at Al Shindagha and for the redevelopment of Qasr Al Muwaiji, a traditional fort in Al Ain.

Commenting on the promotions, company founders Darren Barker and Eric Langham said, “Louisa and Rachel are exceptional cultural and creative leaders and we are excited and proud that they will be part of Barker Langham’s future.”

Globally, Barker Langham is led by Dubai-based Kate Matar, who has been with the firm for five years and ascended to the newly created top role in April this year. She leads a team of around 90 consultants and staff working from offices in Europe and the Middle East.