Our Ambition

Our vision is of a Borough where no one is held back by lack of opportunity, where local people, schools and businesses work together to strengthen our community.

A place of contrasts

Kensington & Chelsea has a reputation as an area of great prosperity and privilege but it also has pockets of severe deprivation. The life chances of significant numbers of local people are seriously limited by problems such as poverty, a lack of opportunity, poor physical or mental health and isolation.

Local facts
  • 41%
    of children in North Kensington live in poverty, the second highest level of child poverty in London and yet more than 50% of children in the Borough attend private schools.
  • 20 years
    difference in life expectancy within 8 streets in an area just off Ladbroke Grove.
  • 25%
    of local families live in overcrowded conditions and yet 61% of Borough residents over the age of 65 live alone
  • 25%
    rise of visits to local foodbanks in 2015

What we do

We highlight local needs and create campaigns to combat them

We champion the work of local charities

We raise funds from local people, businesses and schools for charities and community groups

We encourage a better sense of community through bringing people together

Our supporters

Thank you to the following for contributing to our core costs. This means that 100% of all other donations received go direct to local causes, to change local lives.

The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust
B&J Lloyd Family Charitable Trust
The Martin Charitable Trust
Our Friends and Patrons
Supported by The City of London's charity, City Bridge Trust

Our Friends and Patrons

If you are passionate about Kensington & Chelsea and want to join a group of like-minded people, working together to make a difference locally, then we’d like to welcome you.

Join us

As a Friend or Patron, we will keep you in touch with what we are doing, invite you to our events and help you to learn more about local charities and the excellent work they are achieving through our charity tours.

Click here to download a membership form

Get involved

Everyone who lives, works or goes to school in Kensington & Chelsea can join us in our mission to improve local lives. If you would like to help, we’d love to hear from you.

Together we can achieve more.

Who we are

Our team

Susan Dolton


Jaq Cameron

Head of Business & Community Together

Martha Forsythe

Charities Coordinator

Emma Geidt

Schools Programme Coordinator

Cathy Bickham

Office Coordinator

General Enquiries

Who we are


Michael Bach

Michael has lived in the Borough for over 40 years. Formerly engaged in national planning policy, he is Chairman of the Kensington & Chelsea Social Council as well as a valued trustee of the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation.

Jonnie Beverley

Jonnie was Deputy CEO of Westway Development Trust (now Westway Trust) for 28 years. Working particularly with small groups, he has helped to innovate several local charities.

Cynthia Dize

Cynthia has worked in the voluntary sector since the early 80s. She was CEO of Age UK K&C for 16 years and current activity includes work as a parent governor, residents’ association, Glass Door Homeless Charity and the Golborne Forum.

Simon Hay

Simon is an Associate Director at KPMG. He has been involved in many charitable causes n Melbourne and London, particularly focused on the elderly, homeless and providing food to those in need.

Mark Garraway

Mark is a communications consultant with over 25 years’ experience providing strategic advice to a diverse range of clients across a number of continents. He is a Managing Partner of Instinctif. The business is a 440-strong international business communications consultancy with staff across a dozen countries.

Jennifer Greenbury

Jennifer has lived in K&C for over 30 years. She was a Special Advisor to The Shadow Department for Culture Media and Sport, on the Development Board of The National Portrait Gallery and Board Director of British Ski Federation. She is a director of and investor in various private and investment companies.

Martin Morgan

Martin has lived in the Borough since 2008. He was CEO of DMGT  until 2016 whose headquarters are also in the Borough, and during his tenure the company became a supporter of the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation.

Kate Platonova

Kate is an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley.  She is passionate about making a difference in the community through helping residents connect with charities.

Jeremy Raphaely Acting Chairman

Jeremy lives locally. After a career in the City and as a consultant  he retired in 2008, when he launched the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation. He plays the cello in the Portobello Orchestra and is a trustee of Awards for Young Musicians. The Board has asked Jeremy Raphaely, Founder and first Director of the Foundation, to step up to the role of Acting Chair until such time as a new Chair is appointed.

Lucinda Stafford-Deitsch

Lucinda has lived in the Borough for most of her adult life.  She was chairman of the Kensington Branch of the NSPCC between 1996 and 2007 and appointed an honorary member of the Council.  She is also a trustee of The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust.

Emma Verey

Emma is Trustee of the Watts Gallery and was previously Chairman of the Friends of Moorfields Eye Hospital, where she has been involved for the last 20 years. She is on the board of LHA London and is a long time resident of the Borough.

Tim Coleridge

Tim was appointed a Trustee in December 2010  and Chairman in 2011. Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, Tim has resigned (with immediate effect) to avoid any perception of the Foundation’s independence being in any way compromised by any association  with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.The Board of Trustees thank Tim for his major contribution over the last 7 years and his selfless action in  putting the Foundation’s interests first.