Our Team

Preston Benson
Founder
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 joined the team in April 2019 to lead on property matters across the growing estate and execute Really Local Group™'s acquisition strategy. Coming from a corporate real estate background, he is experienced working across the leisure and hospitality sectors in an investment and development capacity.
Isra Al Kassi
Marketing and Programme Manager
Isra is responsible for the events and cinema programming and its marketing. She has previously run her own multifunctional community space and has a background in venue hires, events, community programming and cinema marketing. She also runs the film collective T A P E and has written for and about cinema for various outlets.
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.