Shakeout at London’s South Bank

Shakeout at London’s South Bank


norman lebrecht

May 20, 2021

The directionless riverside arts centre has a new chair and vice chair.

Susan Gilchrist, the chair, reaches the end of her five-year board term in July. She will be succeeded by Misan Harriman (pictured), founder of What We Seee, a media content, tech and commerce company.

Her deputy David Kershaw makes way for Luke Mayhew, a former director of John Lewis (where Boris does not shop).

Harriman says: ‘I believe the incredible mix of arts voices that Southbank Centre offers has never been more important, and has huge potential as we develop a modern, post-lockdown cultural institution, and explore new ways to innovate and bring arts to our communities.’



  • Jan Kaznowski says:

    “As well as being one of the most widely-shared photographers of the Black Lives Matter movement, Harriman is the first black man to shoot a cover of British Vogue in the magazine’s 104-year history. Wikipedia”

  • Charles Clark-Maxwell says:

    What does he mean “…bring arts to our communities” ? People go to SBC to see stuff.

    Doubtless another nail in the coffin for classical music lovers