the utilize mission
The Utilize Project (TUP) is a not-for-profit organisation that saves empty spaces from going to waste. Working closely with progressive developers who want to positively impact the communities they neighbour, we ’utilize’ their empty properties for the benefit of the people surrounding them.
Where unused, empty buildings can attract anti-social behaviour and crime, we fill such spaces with social projects. From affordable working spaces to women’s services; youth facilities to startup incubators, our projects become a hub of activity that breathes life back into otherwise neglected spaces.
So consider this our call to arms: Empty, unloved and under-utilized spaces, wherever you may be, we will find you and bring back to life… Because we let no good space ever go to waste!
Mahmud is a strategic communications professional with a background in tech and entrepreneurship. Previously he launched and grew a successful food tech startup. He is currently studying an MBA at Cambridge Judge Business school, and is passionate about connecting businesses with the communities that they operate within.
Gemma has a professional background in utilising space, having worked on successful commercial projects involving shared workspaces. She has now found a way to put her skills to use for the good of a local community. Alongside her role in the overall Utilize Pepper Street project, she also runs a collaborative salon on the site.
Shubo specialises in campaigns and community engagement, and previously worked for The Young Foundation on a project to drive change in communities across Tower Hamlets, where he grew up. He is an accomplished charity fundraiser who has worked on causes like refugee protections, for which he was recognised in the 2018 British Bangladeshi Power & Inspiration 100 list.
Anwar has over 12 years’ experience in the banking sector, working in the City and Canary Wharf, as well as multiple commissions abroad. Alongside this he was also an elected councillor in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, acting as the chair of the council’s scrutiny panel. Anwar has a keen interest in supporting local youths reach their full potential by raising awareness of potential career opportunities in the City. Anwar is involved in local charitable organisations and mentors several young people.
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