Announcement from Board of South Kilburn Trust – Mark Allan steps down as Chief Executive

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

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


  • Dear Mark,
    You have been instrumental in raising the profile of South Kilburn Trust. You have touched the lives of many of the local residents who depend on the services that you have improved vastly during your short stay of 6 yrs as Chief Executive. You have indeed changed and improved the careers of many and brought smiles on the vulnerable, isolated and lonely. You had time for everyone. So they will miss you a lot. Mckenzie will greatly miss I’m sure your support and attention. Your staff will miss their mentor immensely. The Board will look upon all the achievements and accolades for SKT with fondness; I am sure acknowledge that it would not have been easy if not for you although, you did make it seem it was. So well done Mark. You have built a very vibrant neighbourhood with a strong legacy to follow and have brightened the lives of everyone around. Thank you ; Good Luck on your new venture(s)!!!

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