Carl Blackburn

Carl has many years’ practical experience of successfully building and leading local, national and international organisations.

Carl has worked with many different Boards, Directors and Trustees to set the vision and agree the objectives, outcomes and policies of different organisations and to help them fundraise to grow and achieve their full potential.

Carl was CEO of Barking & Dagenham Council for Voluntary Service for 11 years and ensured that more proactive and empowering support was given to local communities. He led the refurbishment and development of the Ripple Centre, turning it into a state of the art, multi-use and vibrant community hub in the centre of Barking.

A lifelong lover of the arts, Carl has organised concerts, exhibitions and shows. He passionately believes in the importance of giving practical and financial support to artists by commissioning and buying their work. He personally commissioned the composition of a piano piece by Iqra Zamen to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Barking & Dagenham.

Carl is a passionate campaigner for human rights and social justice. This is not a part-time or extra-curricular concern but has been his driving force and has determined his work, lifestyle and associations. He understands the issues of the area and has an affinity with local communities.

Carl is currently managing a heritage project for the Boathouse, exploring the hidden history of Barking Creek.