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James Kempton

Co-optative Member

James Kempton is Chair of Cripplegate Foundation and has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2014. He is also member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee, Islington Together Strategy Group, and Islington Giving Board. 

He is passionate about social mobility, tackling poverty and driving social change. James was born in the borough and has served Islington as a councillor 1994-2010 and as Leader of the Council, leading the transformation of Islington’s education and children’s services. Beyond the borough James is a former Chair of Ofsted and now chairs the Oldham Opportunity Area one of the Government’s flagship social mobility interventions. He is a trustee and former chair of one of Cripplegate’s Development Partners, Company Three, a leading innovator in the youth theatre sector with a growing national and international reputation. James features on Islington’s LGBTQ+ Heritage map.

Cripplegate Foundation works long-term to support local charities to grow and thrive so that they can provide the support that enables individual residents to take back control and live the lives they aspire to.