Carnegie Community Trust is delighted that founding Trustee Fred Taggart has been appointed MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Congratulations to Fred, whose award is in recognition of his services to regeneration and charity. CCT Chair Carol Boucher said: ‘We are thrilled that Fred has been honoured in this way. Fred richly deserves this award for the work he has done over many years, both for us and for many other charitable organisations.’
Fred has been involved in charity and regeneration work for over 30 years. Locally, he has for 30 years been a Trustee of the Brixton Advice Centre, 25 as Honorary Secretary, and has put together the funding to acquire and refurbish the Centre’s present offices. The Centre has grown from 2 employees to its present 13, including solicitors, barristers and specialist advisors, and serves more than 5,000 clients each year. The Centre is a vital part of Herne Hill and Brixton life. Fred has also been for 15 years a Board member of South London Family Housing Association, including 3 as Chair. He served as Chair of the Governing Body of Dick Sheppard Comprehensive School in Tulse Hill; and Chair of Governors of Willowfield School for Children with Special Needs, and Vice Chair of Governors of Jessop Junior School in Herne Hill.
Fred has also been a Trustee of community-led heritage regeneration projects in Cornwall and Derbyshire, and an advisor to many community projects across the UK. He is a founding Trustee of The Piece Hall Trust, Halifax, which is currently implementing a £20 million regeneration project to bring this Grade 1 Georgian Yorkshire Cloth Hall back into new uses as a catalyst for regeneration in the town.
Fred is also a founding Trustee of the Crossway Foundation, a charity concerned with contemporary Middle East art that promotes educational and artistic exchanges between the UK and the Middle East.
Fred said of his award: ‘Lambeth has a terrific community sector and I am so proud to be part of it. It is in many ways the glue that holds our borough together. This award came out of the blue and I am delighted. I hope it will make everyone in the community and charitable sectors in places like Lambeth realise that our work is important and encourage us all to keep on doing it.’
Carnegie Community Trust CIO