Our Trustees

Trustees at The South Kilburn Trust

Our Trustees

Ros Dunn

Independent Chair

An experienced public servant, Ros has held senior positions in the Treasury, the Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG) and as Chief Executive of the Thames Gateway London Partnership (TGLP). She is an expert in regeneration funding and project management. Ros is a former resident of Kilburn and brought up her family in the local area.

Mary Arnold

Mary is a local resident and has played a key role in the development of South Kilburn over many years. A former local councillor, Mary is passionate about the lives of local people, in particular young people, and the opportunities and access to jobs and enterprise for everyone. She is chair of governors at Kilburn Park School and a founding member of the Kilburn Neighbourhood Forum, designated in June 2016.

Mary has a lifetime of  professional experience as a qualified teacher, working in schools and then as lecturer and in the management of further education colleges, including the local City of Westminster College where she was head of business studies in the nineties. She worked as education advisor with clients including BT, London Learning and Skills Council and BECTA (IT for education) as well as London education, councils and voluntary organisations on community, partnership and regeneration projects.

She is currently a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Robert Johnson

Robert has over 30 years working experience in the housing and regeneration field, specialising in regeneration programmes. He has been involved in all the major regeneration projects in Brent (including South Kilburn). During his career he has been responsible for master planning, procurement, rehousing, housing management, governance issues, stock and land transfer, resident empowerment and capacity building. He wishes to bring this wealth of experience to his role as Trustee during this period of rapid and significant change for South Kilburn.

Robert is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Housing. Robert is a Brent resident. 

Dale Thomson

Dale is an urbanist with over 20 experience years working both for local authorities and the private sector.  He is currently working just a few minutes down the road from South Kilburn, for Westminster City Council, where he is part of the Church Street Regeneration Team, helping to deliver an ambitious, long term, estate and market renewal plan.  

He has a specialist knowledge of enterprise support and affordable workspaces and whilst he was with Brent Council, worked with the Trust Team on the early stages of The Granville project, to help secure the building and external funding.  

Dale escaped from Scotland so long ago that he describes himself as a proper Londoner. He has worked and socialised  in the area for many years and looks forward to being part of a community that he has known and liked immensely since his early 20’s.   

Peter Brown

Peter’s expertise is in social housing, regeneration and public policy. In the past he has worked in specific neighbourhoods in both Norfolk and London, working with local people and community organisations to plan and deliver physical improvements and to create social change. He has also worked for local authorities and government organisations providing policy advice for regeneration, social housing, diversity and inclusion.

Peter is CEO at Dot Dot Dot a social enterprise focused on property guardians and community volunteering. He is interested in building strong partnerships with other organisations and charities, developing routes for resident and staff volunteering and managing a programme of work to innovate a better service for older residents.

Peter is a former local resident and still has a strong connection to the area.

Tracy Mukendi

Tracy is a recent Politics BA graduate, as well as founder and co-chair of SK Voices, a local community organisation that seeks to encourage youth political awareness. Working with young people in the area through the events hosted by SK Voices and through her work as a cover supervisor at St Augustine’s High School, Tracy is keenly aware of the many issues facing young people and the impact of recent legislative, economic and social changes on their lives. She wishes to encourage inclusiveness and political engagement at both the national and local level.

Tracy has lived in South Kilburn all her life, and recognises the potential of the area for its residents. She believes this potential can be developed through empowerment, liveability and enterprise. She hopes her role as a Trustee will help to achieve these goals.

Alexander Nilere

Born in South London but raised in Nigeria and East Finchley Alexander Nilere has spent most of his adult life living in South Kilburn.  From squatting in Kensal Rise to living in a bed sit at Chippenham Gardens Alexander has been a member of this community since the mid 90s.

He ran a music studio from the now demolished Argo Business Complex, toured with the Icelandic artist Bjork from here and recorded albums with Neelle Hooper of Massive Attack fame albums at the Meanwhile Studio on Lonsdale Road.

As a single parent he was a governor of the Granville Plus Nursery for two years and worked as teacher’s assistant at Instituto Espanol Vicente Cañada Blanch the Spanish school in Portobello he has also worked at Citizens Advice Bureau Brent.

Though Alexander has worked in the fashion, music and club industry he is now working in Accounting and Admin whilst studying towards a Computer Science Degree with a side order of music.

David Ellison

My name is David Ellison and I love South Kilburn. I have lived in the area for over 45 years and have seen lots of changes in that time. I have been involved with the regeneration of South Kilburn since the NDC days and helped to write the master plan for the area.  A plan that sought to make South Kilburn a great place to live and work.

The reason I got involved with the changes in South Kilburn is because I needed to make sure the residents could get what they needed in order to re engage with the place they live. The residents have done a lot for me and my family and I need to give back all that love for all they have done for me.

Integrity, honesty, truth and the willingness to go the extra mile is what I do. To un-complicate the complicated so residents understand what is happening in the area they live and how they can get involved. I am there for them and the South Kilburn Trust 24/7 so don’t be afraid to call in and have a chat. If I don’t know something I’ll find out.


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