Meet the panel for the South Kilburn Enterprise Awards 2017
Our specialist panel chose the winners of each category from the list of nominees received from the public.
Mark is Chief Executive of the South Kilburn Trust. Mark is a natural entrepreneur, taking the Trust from a team of 2 based in the back of someone's office, to a team of 14 running one of the only genuine community and enterprise focused hubs in London. Previously Mark was a Director at Toynbee Hall, a large charity in London's East End, and Regeneration Manager at both Circle Housing Association and Family Mosaic Housing Association.
David Ellis has been a resident of South Kilburn for over forty years and has always been very active in community organisations and events. David was involved in the South Kilburn NDC. He has served as Vice-Chair for Granville New Homes and was heavily involved in the design and procurement process. He has worked closely with South Kilburn Trust for a number of years.
Julian Hall is an award winning serial entrepreneur who started his first business at 18 yrs old. An international speaker, media commentator, best selling author and educator also known as The Ultrapreneur, Julian is the founder of Ultra Education, a company which teaches entrepreneurship at weekend clubs, primary and secondary schools through its UltraAcademy and UltraKids Club programmes. Julian is currently one of the Trust's Enterprise Advisers based in The Granville.
Charles Thompson MBE is a graduate of Film & TV Production Techniques, Arts and Media. He Has 20+ years’ experience in the international film & TV industry and has produced many multiple award-winning narrative films in Europe, Africa and USA.
Charles founded and co-founded a number of organisations which deal with arts & entertainment including: Off the Grove, the bfm International Film Festival and the Screen Nation Film & TV Awards.
In 2011 Charles received an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours List for his contribution to the British and global black film industry. He has also Chaired and advised a number of organisations including the Alliance of Black Media Professionals, Roundhouse Creative Centre and the GUBA Awards.
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.
Mary has a lifetime of professional experience as a qualified teacher, lecturer and in the management of further education colleges, including the local City of Westminster College where she was head of business studies. 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.