Author: South Kilburn Trust

Meet South Kilburn Trusts new Chief Executive

Thursday 28th November 6pm – 9pm

Carl Blackburn is the new Chief Executive at the South Kilburn Trust. He is a highly experienced CEO with an impressive background in community development and empowerment.

“I believe that community should be at the heart of everything we do. My first priority as CEO is to open up The Granville to all local communities and to make sure that it reflects the vibrant and diverse area that it serves. The Granville belongs to South Kilburn.”

Carl is keen to hear your views and ideas. He will be hosting a drop-in surgery at The Granville on Thursday 28th November from 6-9 pm. If you have an idea for a project, a request for support or just fancy a cup of tea and a chat, please pop in and say hello.

Become a Community Trustee

The South Kilburn Trust manages The Granville, which provides events space, community activities, workspace and business support to local people. By developing and maintaining the building, we are protecting its community use and making sure that it continues to play an important part in the life of South Kilburn.

The Trust is managed by a team of professional staff who are accountable to a Board of Trustees. About half of the staff and Trustees are South Kilburn residents. We would like to increase that local ownership and accountability even more, so we are creating an additional Trustee position to be nominated and elected by you, the local community.


The Board meets about 6 times a year to oversee the work of the South Kilburn Trust, including its management of The Granville community centre.

Meetings are around 2 hours long and usually take place in the evening. There are some papers and reports to read in advance of meetings. Some of these are occasionally technical, but we always try to use “Plain English” and support is available for anyone who needs it.


Anyone who lives in South Kilburn can be nominated for this Trustee position, provided they meet the following legal criteria:
• Must be over 16 years old
• Must not be bankrupt (undischarged) or have an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) • Must not have an unspent conviction for certain offences (including any that involve

dishonesty or deception)
• Must not be on the sex offenders’ register

Anyone wanting to become a Trustee must also be committed to the aims and values of South Kilburn Trust. These can be found on our website,


To apply for this Trustee position you must be nominated by at least 25 local residents or by a locally active community organisation. You must also confirm that you meet all 4 legal criteria mentioned above and that you are committed to the aims and values of South Kilburn Trust.

You can pick up a nomination form at The Granville or download one from our website. The deadline for completed nominations is 5pm on Thursday 14th November.


All nominations that meet the eligibility criteria will be submitted to the Board of the South Kilburn Trust, who will shortlist up to 3 candidates. These 3 candidates will then be invited to present themselves at the Annual Public Meeting that is taking place at The Granville on Saturday 14th December. There will be a public vote at that meeting to select the successful candidate.

By opening itself up in this way, South Kilburn Trust is showing its commitment to continue to put the local community at the heart of everything it does, including its management and decision making process.

If you would like more information about the South Kilburn Trust or our work at The Granville, or would like an informal chat about the new Community Trustee role, please contact our Chief Executive Carl Blackburn on 020 7328 1199 or

The Granville nominated for 2 London architecture awards

The Granville, South Kilburn’s flagship co-working, event and community hub, has been nominated for two awards by New London Architecture, in the Meanwhile category and in the Community category. New London Architecture is the independent centre for the built environment, bringing together professionals, politicians and the public.

The Granville is run by the South Kilburn Trust, providing space to 30 local start-up and growing enterprises, has three amazing event spaces, a community café run by the local Saucy Soca, as well as hosting a wide range of activities and services for the local community. The Granville refurbishment was designed by RCKa architects in a partnership with Brent Council and the Mayor of London, and through an extensive consultation with local community members.

Mark Allan, Chief Executive says “We are really proud of what we have achieved here, and it’s very rewarding for all of us involved that The Granville has been nominated for two prizes, in particular in the Community category. We are grateful to the support from the local community, local businesses, from Brent Council and the Mayor of London, and to RCKa that we made this happen. ”

The awards will be announced on the 3rd July at the NLA Annual Launch at the Guildhall.

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

Times’ letters: Granville Carlton Centre and transport investment

Committed to community

Mark Allan, chief executive, South Kilburn Trust, writes:

We support Brent Council’s plans to improve the Granville and Carlton Centres.

The plans, which were shaped by ideas and feedback from residents and community groups, will keep the original Carlton building and the main original part of the Granville building, and increase the amount of community space that the current Granville centre offers. The new community spaces will be of a much higher quality, more environmentally sustainable, fully sound-proofed, far more accessible to people with mobility needs, and of a quality that local people deserve for the long term.

Since the South Kilburn Trust started running The Granville last May and opened it up to be accessible to everyone from the local community, we have had over 20,000 visits. We run a wide range of activities and events, the majority of which are free or very low cost to take part in. We offer resident discounts on spaces, which includes a special low rate for local community groups, including to Granville Community Kitchen. In fact all our prices are no higher than those charged at The Granville more than 10 years ago. We have had only one complaint of noise which was quickly resolved by moving the activity to a better room, and even if there is housing on site, we have housing right next door and have proved it can work well together.

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