International Board

The Variety International president is responsible and accountable to every person worldwide involved in helping children through Variety for delivery of Variety’s vision.

Barbie Hislop

Barbara Hislop, Canada and Great Britain

Barbara Hislop (Barbie) worked most of her professional corporate career at North America’s second largest forestry company Canfor Corporation for 29 years with the last 14 years as senior vice president. She was responsible for all the logging, lumber production in Canada and USA, remanufacturing, marketing of lumber and panels throughout North America, Asia and Europe. Barbie was also President of a new applied North American software company for 4 years growing it to a profitable business before selling it. Barbie left the corporate world to become the Executive Director of Variety – the Children’s Charity of British Columbia in pursuit of her passion for children. While in this position she grew the grants given from 300 to over 1200 annually thereby helping so many more children with special needs. As a result of her experience at Variety in BC she saw the tremendous impact Variety had on the children, the families, and the community. After retiring and moving to Great Britain, Barbie served on the Board of Directors for Variety – the Children’s Charity International and was elected to the President position May 2015. As a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Governance College, Directors Education Program and has extensive board experience. A few of the numerous boards she has served on:

  • Bank of Canada – appointed 3 times (maximum) for 3 year terms,
  • Hudson Bay Company for 13 years (chaired committees including the pension committee which had the largest private pension in Canada),
  • Forintec- chaired this national forestry research organization’s board for 3 years,
  • York House School Foundation chair for 7 years,
  • Vancouver Board of Trade – chaired the largest committee of the board called Community Affairs which tackled and made recommendations to the Board on various stances they should take on transportation, housing, business development, homelessness, Olympics, arts/culture and other such issues.

Barbie has been recognized for her outstanding community service. In 2010 she was the YWCA Woman of Distinction, in 2012 the Vancouver Board of Trade presented her the Award of Distinction and in 2013 Barbie was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal for Community Service in British Columbia. Barbie was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. Barbie married John Hislop in 1982 and together they raised their four grown children. John and the four children all have professional accounting designations. Barbie’s six years hands on experience as an Executive Director of Variety’s second largest office plus her senior leadership skills and her extensive board experience make her an ideal candidate to lead Variety International over her 2 year term. She plans to help strengthen the foundations of Variety and enhance the number of children we impact around the world.



  • Barbie Hislop, Great Britain & Canada


  • Ken Loughnan AO, Australia


  • Neil Wykes OAM, Australia

Regional Council Chairs:

  • Asia Pacific – Ennio Tavani, Australia
  • Europe – Sandra Auckland, Isle of Jersey
  • Central Asia Middle East – Ken Loughnan AO, Australia
  • North America – Nancy Klueter, United States
  • South America -

Variety International Children’s Fund Chair:

  • Clark Woods, United States

Variety International Advisory Council and Past Presidents:

  • Tony Hatch, Great Britain

Legal Council:

  • John Catarinich, Australia

At Large Board Members:

  • Derek O’Neil, Ireland
  • John Catarinich, Australia
  • Stan W. Reynolds, United States

Executive Director:

  • David Small

Operations Manager:

  • Sharon Castillo

Past Presidents:

  • Clark Woods, United States
  • Peter Drummond MNZM, New Zealand
  • Julia Morley, Great Britain
  • Grahame Mapp, Australia
  • Michael Forman, United States
  • Ory Slonim, Israel
  • Jody Reynolds, United States
  • Peter J Barnett, Canada
  • Tony Hatch, Great Britain