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What We Do

Community is at the heart of what we do at The Granville. 

Our mission is to bring people together and empower our community. We want to continue the legacy of The Granville as a true asset to South Kilburn.

 

We would love to hear from you - pop by to discover what The Granville can do for you. 

What We Do
Our History

South Kilburn Trust

The Trust's Vision

For South Kilburn to be recognised for its strong, supportive, diverse, inclusive and welcoming communities; an area of opportunity where we are all empowered to achieve our full potential and improve our quality of life.

Established in 2009, the South Kilburn Trust took on the management of The Granville in 2017 to safeguard this much-loved community building. SKT recognises the long-lasting link between The Granville and the people of South Kilburn and is dedicated to ensuring The Granville is a thriving hub of local community.

South Kilburn Trust

Our History

Who We Are

Our Trustees

South Kilburn Trust has a dedicated, diverse and experienced board of Trustees who volunteer their time to govern the organisation. Our Trustees bring a range of different expertise from local council to business to ensure the Trust can deliver on its mission. 

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Mimi Ajibadé

Chair-elect
 

Mimi is a sustainability/ESG and corporate governance expert with over 20 years’ experienceShe founded Cogent Analytics to fill the gap in knowledge and expertise regarding the social and governance dimensions of ESG, her key areas of expertise. She has held several senior roles as a corporate and subsidiary governance expert FTSE 50 listed companies, large and SME private companies, and not-for-profits.

 

Mimi is a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute and holds a PhD in corporate law and governance. Until recently, Mimi was a Trustee of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and a member of the Institute of Directors.

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Robert Johnson

Robert has been local councillor for Barnhill, Brent since 2018. He has over 30 years' experience working in the housing and regeneration field and has been involved in all the major regeneration projects in Brent, including South Kilburn. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Housing.

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Ellie Southwood MBE

Ellie is Director of Social Impact at Fight for Sight. She is Board Chair at Habinteg and Non-Executive Director at Paradigm Housing Group.

 

Ellie was formerly Cabinet Member, Housing & Welfare Reform (previously Cabinet Member, Environmental Services) for the London Borough of Brent.

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Ali Awes

Ali is a local resident and represents the community on the Board. He is an experienced Community Wellbeing officer with a demonstrated history of working in non-profit organizations.

 

He has worked as a Community Connector for Certitude, London's leading adult social care provider for people living with learning disabilities, autism, mental health support needs and their families and carers, since 2014.

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Hynde Hamdani Chabanel

Hynde has been a local resident in Queens Park for the past decade. She has French heritage and is a mother of two. Holding a master's degree in business and tax law from Sorbonne University in Paris, she started her career in London in 2008 as a tax and investment advisor, and she has now paused to focus on raising her two young boys.


Hynde is deeply passionate about community engagement and philanthropic causes. She has been involved in local initiatives and also led fundraising initiatives for organizations like UNICEF, MACS, and Save the Children, successfully mobilizing diverse groups of people toward common goals.


Hynde looks forward to leveraging her local connections and dedication to community building to strengthen ties between the trust and neighbouring communities.

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Peter Brown

Chair

Peter has expertise in social housing, regeneration and public policy and has also worked for local authorities and government organisations providing policy advice on regeneration, social housing and diversity & inclusion.

 

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

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Mary Arnold

Vice-Chair

Mary is a local resident and has played a key role in the development of South Kilburn. A former local councillor, Mary is chair of governors at Kilburn Park School and founding member of the Kilburn Neighbourhood Forum. 

Mary is passionate about the lives of local people, particularly young people. She is currently a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Cllr Shama Tatler

Shama is the London Borough of Brent’s representative on the Board. She is Deputy Leader, Cabinet Member for Finance, Resources & Reform and Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning & Growth.

Alexander Nilere

Alexander was born in South London but raised in Nigeria and East Finchley. He has lived in South Kilburn since the mid-1990s.

 

He ran a music studio from the now-demolished Argo Business Complex in Kilburn Park and was governor of the Granville Plus Nursery for two years.

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Anand Roy 

Treasurer

Anand has lived in Brent all his life and went to school locally at Queens Park Community School. He loves where he lives and has many friends from school who live in South Kilburn. Anand is passionate about local causes, and giving back to the community that has helped him become what he is today. He is also a Local Authority Governor for Malorees Infant and Junior School.


Anand is a Chartered Accountant, gaining accreditation whilst working at KPMG for 6 years in Insurance Audit and Consulting. Anand currently works for Tate and Lyle, managing a team focussing on long term financial strategy.


Anand is excited to deliver meaningful results to stakeholders through his financial and strategic planning knowledge, alongside his connections to the local area.

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Michelle Addo 
 

Michelle has been a local resident and attended schools in Brent and Westminster.

Michelle is a qualified Solicitor. She completed her legal training contract at a London Local Authority and is currently working in-house specialising in commercial & construction law. Michelle has experience working in legal and policy roles in the Civil Service.

 

Michelle’s voluntary experience includes working with Citizens Advice, Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity and UN Women UK.
Michelle is also a graduate of the Black on Board (BoB) programme delivered by Olmec, an award winning, Black and Minoritised Communities led, Race Equality organisation. Michelle also has a background in music.

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