Kathleen Kelly appointed Director of Collaboration to lead new place-based initiative LocalMotion

LocalMotion Director of Collaboration Kathleen Kelly

Kathleen Kelly has been appointed the Director of Collaboration for LocalMotion – an initiative which sees six funders work in partnership to develop new, radical and innovative ideas to boost communities.

Central to the initiative, and the role of the Director of Collaboration, is working with local partners to find solutions to social, environmental and economic issues on their doorstep. LocalMotion will also see funders use their collective resources, experience and strengths to help shape philanthropic practice.

Kathleen comes with a wealth of experience. She led the development of the National Lottery Community Fund’s partnership funding approach, establishing strategic partnerships across the charitable, public, private and funder sectors. More recently she was Assistant Director of Communities and Social Policy at Greater London Authority implementing the Mayor’s strategies on Social Integration and Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion. She was previously Assistant Director of Policy and Research at the National Housing Federation for nearly 10 years.

She said: “I’m excited to get started on a project which will give local communities a much-needed lift. Many communities are facing increasingly difficult circumstances, with the charities that support them having to pick up the pieces of a broken system in the context of an increasing squeeze on their funding.  

“The six funders supporting this project have been investing in and supporting charities to survive and adapt for years but they know they can do more to support and boost the potential of local people and communities and shake up the way we do things.”

LocalMotion is locally driven and seeks to learn from the charities and communities it is working with. The six funders behind the project are:

Kathleen will work with the six foundations to identify key issues facing charities and communities and help the foundations better understand existing local programmes. All six foundations have committed funding for the next 18 months to commence work and support the Director of Collaboration.




Contact Lloyds Bank Foundation Press & Communications Officer Imthiaz Rehman via 020 3988 3742 or IRehman@lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk for more information.


Notes to Editors:

About Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales partners with small and local charities who help people overcome complex social issues. During 2018 the Foundation distributed £20 million through new and existing grants, supporting more than 900 charities which helped 142,000 people experiencing disadvantage.

Through long-term funding, developmental support and influencing policy and practice, the Foundation helps those charities make life-changing impact. The Foundation is an independent charitable trust funded by the profits of Lloyds Banking Group as part of their commitment to Helping Britain Prosper.


About City Bridge Trust

City Bridge Trust is the funding arm of the City of London Corporation’s charity, Bridge House Estates. It was established to make use of funds surplus to bridge requirements and provides grants totalling around £20m per year towards charitable activity benefitting Greater London.

Since 1995, the Trust has awarded nearly 8,000 grants totalling over £390million.

To find out more, visit www.citybridgetrust.org.uk.


About Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. We do this by funding the charitable work of organisations that are building an inclusive, creative and sustainable society.

The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. In 2018 we made grants of £40.5 million towards a wide range of work within the arts, children and young people, the environment and social change. We also have a £45 million allocation to social investments for organisations with the aim of creating social impact.

To learn more, visit https://esmeefairbairn.org.uk/.


About Lankelly Chase

Lankelly Chase is an independent foundation working in partnership with people, across the UK, to change the systems that perpetuate severe and multiple disadvantage. Their mission is to get to a place where people want to, know how to and are free to create systems that are effective in responding to the interlocking nature of severe disadvantages such as homelessness, drug misuse, violence and abuse and mental ill health.

For more information, visit https://lankellychase.org.uk.


About Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Paul Hamlyn Foundation was established by Paul Hamlyn in 1987. Upon his death in 2001, he left most of his estate to the Foundation, creating one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK.

The foundation’s mission is to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. It has a particular interest in supporting young people and a strong belief in the importance of the arts.

To find out more, visit https://www.phf.org.uk/.


About The Tudor Trust

The Tudor Trust is an independent grant-making charitable trust. They fund a wide range of organisations working to support positive changes in people's lives and in their communities around the UK. The Trust don’t have specific funding programmes designed to advance any particular agenda because they believe the groups they support are best placed to identify problems and develop solutions.

Visit https://tudortrust.org.uk/ for more information.

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