The Kent based charity aims to change people’s lives by getting them into or back into employment or training. For more than 30 years it has created opportunities for people to overcome their individual challenges so they can build confidence, learn, develop and improve their chances of employment.
Mark Quinn’s property development and investment group Quinn Estates has become known for its track record for delivering high quality schemes that benefit local communities. The announcement underlines his commitment to the community, alongside his ambitious plans to develop the former golf club site in Herne Bay into a mixed-use scheme, the single biggest private investment in social and community infrastructure in a generation.
Kent Enterprise Trust’s offices are adjacent to the former golf club site and Mark Quinn has been a friend of the charity, supporting their activities with a lease of 50 car park spaces for their training and conference centre, at The Links since 2012. Mark has a personal connection to the charity’s work; his son has autism and he has an understanding of the challenges people face in life.
Speaking of Mark’s appointment to the Board of Trustees, charity Director Mirelle Frost said, “Mark is a recognisable public figurehead and ambassador for the Charity, his involvement and insight will help extend our reach and support to people beyond Herne Bay, Whitstable, Canterbury and Thanet with exciting, ambitious plans for the future.”
Mark said, “Kent Enterprise Trust does phenomenal things for people wanting to get ahead in their lives, teaching them to help themselves by providing access to good quality training and experience. I am proud to Chair the board of trustees and look forward to working more closely with the charity.
“My passion is building sustainable communities and I am excited by everything that’s happening in Herne Bay at the moment; it’s a pivotal time for the whole community and I relish the opportunity to play a part in leaving behind a positive legacy for the area.”
Unconditional planning consent was secured in November 2015 for the 100-acre re-development of the former Herne Bay Golf Club site, a comprehensive mixed-use scheme. Herne Bay Sports Hub will include 572 homes, including 171 affordable houses, office space, parkland and modern, first-class sports facilities, that have been developed in full consultation with local sports and community groups in this popular coastal town.
Highway safety improvements are also included in the scheme and medical and healthcare facilities to serve the community will also be built.
The charity will now be recruiting a Vice-Chair to support and deputise for Mark.
To find out more, visit the company’s website www.quinn-estates.com and the charity at www.kententerprisetrust.org
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