Chris Shaw has made a huge contribution to Camden Town
13 July, 2017
• TO mark the moment of his escape from Camden Town Unlimited, I write to acknowledge the huge contribution Christopher Shaw has made to Camden Town.
Long before people like me came along, Chris, along with people like Alex Proud, Caroline Seward and others, voluntarily took on the task of trying to bring the business community together with the local authority and the police to tackle some of the hardest town centre challenges in London.
In the late 1990s a decaying streetscape and rampant on-street drug dealing blighted one of London’s best loved areas and it will have taken a special kind of bravery and dedication to agree to take on the chairmanship of the then Town Centre Management group.
Then, in April 2006, after much hard campaigning and engagement with local businesses, the Business Improvement District, Camden Town Unlimited was elected into being and Chris was the natural choice of chair to lead this new body and spend its hard-won resources.
It can’t have been easy helping the group find a place for itself within the complex fabric of Camden, and it is to his lasting credit that the body has grown in size and influence under his leadership for the past 11 years.
From investing all the money from the first year’s levy in private security to tackle drug dealing, to the lobbying battles over the impacts of HS2 and Northern line closures, to the riots of 2011, Chris has deployed his skill and diplomacy to Camden Town’s benefit.
Chris leaves sizeable shoes to fill, and I know he will always be available to his successor, Martin Sagar of Sheppard Robson, to call upon for advice.
I have benefited greatly from Chris’s wise counsel for the past nine-and-a-half years, and I will miss him and his ability to think through issues, and know who to call, greatly.
Camden Town is the poorer for his loss but the foundations are well laid and I know that Chris will always look back on his achievements here with great pride and satisfaction.
Camden Town Unlimited, NW1