Our history

The Sir Simon Milton Foundation was created in part in response to the impact of the Government’s austerity programme in the City of Westminster following the 2008 finanical crisis.

When Sir Simon Milton, pioneering leader of Westminster City Council died in April 2011, the founding Trustees* 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 13th June 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 29th August 2017. 

In 2022 we celebrated our 10th anniversary.  In those 10 years we have raised well over £5 million enabling us to deliver a wide range of charitable programmes in Westminster and more widely, reducing loneliness and social isolation among older residents and supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in education and training.

* Julia Corkey, Robert Davis (Simon’s civil partner), The Lady Flight, Lisa Milton (Simon’s sister) and Sir Peter Rogers