South Kilburn’s population is talented, creative and driven. It is an area with many different communities. However it does have higher than average levels of unemployment, poverty, and health concerns, as well as typically lower incomes for those who do work. The South Kilburn Trust was founded in 2011 to help address these issues and create new opportunities.
In 2014, the Trust took over the running of South Kilburn Studios, a well known business incubator and start-up space, which subsequently led to our success in winning funding from the Mayor of London, in partnership with Brent Council, to refurbish much loved old building into a community and workspace hub, The Granville, which re-opened in May 2018.
The Trust this week launches its mini impact report focused on some of the key highlights of the last year. The report is aimed at local residents and will be delivered to every home in South Kilburn and to all of our key partners and stakeholders and presented at a community event in June.
Mark Allan, Chief Executive says “It’s amazing how time flies and here we are celebrating one year of the re-opening or The Granville. Our aim was to open up The Granville to local people, local organisations and local entrepreneurs and that’s what we’ve done. Thank you to everyone who helped us make this happen”.
The South Kilburn Trust offers space for start-up and growing enterprises, space for community services and activities and space for people and organisations to hold their events. The Trust has a subsidised packaged for local people starting a new enterprise, and rooms from £2.50 per hour for community groups. The aim is to make the building accessible to everyone.
Mary Arnold, Trustee and long time community champion, says “It’s been an amazing year. But we want to do more and really make sure The Granville is used by everyone. We are holding a Communi-Tea on the 12th June and it will be an opportunity for anyone who hasn’t met the Trustees to come and chat to us about what else we should be doing. And there will be lots of tea and cake!”
The Communi-Tea is open to everyone of all ages, and will be at The Granville on 12th June from 3.30pm to 7pm with free (please check time and date and add in what’s on offer).
To see the report please click here.
South Kilburn Trust
22nd May 2019
Mark Allan, our current Chief Executive, has decided to move on at this point in the South Kilburn Trust’s journey, and will be leaving the Trust at the end of June after nearly 6 years.
Mark has led us through an ambitious and challenging period of growth and positive change to great effect. He helped us form a partnership with Brent Council and with many local organisations and enterprises, helped secure funding from the Mayor of London, refurbish a major historic local building, and now run a successful large community, co-working and event space, The Granville. The second phase of the redevelopment, due to start in 2020, has just been approved by Brent Council.
Ros Dunn, Independent Chair says “Mark has been an excellent Chief Executive, and we are very grateful to him for leading us so successfully to this point. We recognise we can’t keep someone excellent forever, and thank him for leading the Trust through some very challenging and very rewarding times“.
The Trust has a great team in place, supported by the many users of The Granville, our partners, and other key stakeholders. We recognise it’s important to maintain momentum and continuity in all aspects of our work, therefore Mackenzie Chapman, our current Director of Operations, will be the Acting Chief Executive from early July 2019 while we recruit a permanent Chief Executive. More information available at www.southkilburntrust.org.uk/jobs.
Mark Allan, current Chief Executive says “I have genuinely enjoyed my time here and gained lots of great experience about leading an organisation and running a community and enterprise hub. It has been a privilege to be part of the development of The Granville, and helping the Board, and the many people I have met along the way, start to create a long term legacy for South Kilburn“.
The Board wishes Mark all the very best and while we reluctantly let him go, we look forward to welcoming someone new to take us on the next stage of our exciting and ambitious journey.
South Kilburn Trust Board of Trustees
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