Our history

The Sir Simon Milton Foundation was created in part in response to the impact of the Government’s austerity programme on the City of Westminster. When Sir Simon Milton, pioneering leader of Westminster City Council died in April 2011, the founding Trustees, Julia Corkey, Robert Davis (Simon’s civil partner), The Lady Flight, Lisa Milton (Simon’s sister) and Sir Peter Rogers, decided to create a Foundation, bearing his name, with one overriding aim – to continue delivering his vision of a caring city that offers opportunity for all.

The Foundation was formally established by a Trust Deed dated 13 Jun 2012 as an unincorporated charity, regulated by the Charity Commission of England and Wales. In 2017, the Foundation applied to the Commission to register as a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO), operating under the same name, but with simplified Objects to permit the expansion of its charitable activities to a wider geographical area, where appropriate.

The Charity Commission approved the CIO’s constitution with its revised Objects and the CIO was registered on 29 Aug 2017. In Sep 2017 the Trustees agreed to transfer the assets and liabilities of the former unincorporated charity to the new CIO at the end of 2017. The CIO took on responsibility for all the assets and liabilities of the unincorporated charity on 1 Jan 2018.

Now celebrating our 10th anniversary, the Foundation has raised over £5 million pounds and is building on the success of Sir Simon’s vision by addressing loneliness and isolation among older people and getting young people in to work through training and education.

Our vision is for a society in which communities care, the young aspire and older people thrive.