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 and supporting charities to survive and adapt for years but we know we 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:

-      Lloyds Bank Foundation

-      City Bridge Trust

-      Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

-      Lankelly Chase

-      Paul Hamlyn Foundation

-      Tudor Trust

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.