Cultural and community guru appointed at pioneering Leeds development

Ed Vickers

Kinrise, the award-winning developer of 34 Boar Lane in Leeds, has appointed Ed Vickers as innovation and Ventures Associate.

34 Boar Lane, located in the heart of Leeds, has been transformed into a hugely popular creative office, leisure and retail space, after a £6.5m regeneration and refurbishment programme.

Vickers will be focusing on creating and nurturing cultural and community programmes at 34 Boar Lane, delivering a positive impact across the city of Leeds for all to enjoy, working alongside Grace Ellerby, community manager at the building.

Before joining Kinrise, Mr Vickers worked at Multiple, a strategic consultancy within the Hanover communications group. He supported venture-backed companies across Europe in brand, culture and growth so has a great track record and brings a wealth of experience.

Furthermore, he is the Founder of the successful social enterprise company Jollie’s, which raises much needed donations for local homeless shelters through a ‘wear a pair, share a pair’ model.

Mr Vickers said: “My role primarily looks to engage and activate our tenants at 34 Boar Lane, helping them connect, grow and conquer through events, food, art, music, learning and community engagement. All to create a people first, seamless, ‘beyond office’ experience.

“The role also involves implementing our social impact strategy, helping connect our tenants to the specific local needs of Leeds through charities, local projects or volunteering opportunities.”

Mr Vickers added: “I was excited to join the Kinrise team as their purpose to ‘create space to inspire and enable’ brings together the themes that ran through my background in start-up, social enterprise and culture strategy.

“I was attracted to their bold vision for the role that workspace could play within the renewal of UK cities and the opportunity for positive impact within local communities, culture and commerce. With traction in Manchester and Birmingham, and now in Leeds too, it was the perfect time to join and support this ambitious team on this next phase of growth”.

Samuel Lawson Johnson, co-founder of Kinrise, said: “This is an important appointment for us. Our aim is to turn iconic but un-loved buildings into creative work and community space.

“It means that the city’s heritage lives on for the future and real cultural capital remains in the centre rather than being pushed further out of cities. To succeed, we need to build a strong community and cultural spirit within our buildings.”

He added: “People and organisations thrive as part of a genuine community – the opportunity to build a welcoming space is at the centre of what we do when we buy and restore buildings. Ed will be an integral part of achieving this aim.”

Current occupiers of 34 Boar Lane include recruitment company Charlton Morris, pensions advisory firm Isio, brand agency McCann, culture group Leeds 2023 and popular Yorkshire restaurant chain Mowgli, together with many smaller companies who use the attractive co-working space on the ground floor.

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