Our Team

Preston Benson
Preston is the Founder and visionary behind Really Local Group™.

In 2005 he moved to London and became acutely aware that the majority of developers who claimed they to be 'regenerators', were actually developing sites with a 'top down' approach, with little real consultation with the locals as to what they really wanted for the area, and with very little ‘social conscience’. This was leading to identikit high streets and a clear neglect of localism.

New to the London property market, Preston wanted to break this mould, to deliver true regeneration and to shake up cultural development by launching venues that would truly have the local community’s best interests at its core.
Alex Macaulay
Development Director
Alex leads on all property matters across the growing estate and ensures delivery of Really Local Group™'s development strategy.

He has over a decade of experience in public and private sector real estate and a background in pan European investment and development across the leisure and hospitality sectors.
Nik Grantham
Operations Manager
Nik began his career in film and television production and has over ten years’ experience in the hospitality industry before combining the two in 2015, when he started working at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton, from then Nik has held management roles at the original Curzon cinema in Mayfair and senior management positions at Curzon in Victoria. In 2017, Nik also worked for the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the world’s longest continually running film festival, and the internationally renowned BFI London Film Festival. He has been driven by a passion for the importance of cinema for the UK high street, a passion that he will continue to fulfil through his work at Really Local Group.
Federica Pugliese
Programme & Marketing Manager
After graduating at Edinburgh University with a MSc in Film Exhibition, Federica worked at Eden Court Theatre, Scotland's largest multi-arts venue and the Inverness Film Festival from 2017 to 2019, and has worked in a variety of roles for other film festivals including Edinburgh Short Film Festival and Milano Film Festival. Alongside her work at Really Local Group, she collaborates regularly on producing and curating independent projects with Edinburgh-based hub Cinetopia, and has recently joined the programming team of Lago Film Fest, one of Italy's leading short film festivals.