George Nicholson (Treasurer)

George is a board member and the treasurer of Coin Street Community Builders.

George was a trustee of Borough Market for over 30 years. As chair for five of those years, George was a leading figure in both the renovation programme and the creation of the nationally acclaimed retail food market.  He founded the National Retail Planning Forum in 1996 , and was company secretary for 15 years. From 1987 – 2008 he was chair of the London Rivers Association, during which time innovations such as the Blue Ribbon Network  for the Thames were developed.  He was also involved in the development of the Kolkata Waterfront in India.

From 1974 George was one of two staff in the country’s first planning centre, run by the North Southwark Community Development Group (NSCDG), whose chairman was Ted Bowman.  NSCDG was one of the founding members of the Coin Street campaign. George was a ward councillor for Cathedrals Ward in Southwark from 1978 – 1982 and was the Greater London Council member for Bermondsey from 1981-86. As Chairman of the GLC Planning Committee, he played a key role in the original acquisition of the Coin Street sites.

George has staged four photography exhibitions: Painting with Light in 2003, Made in Southwark in 2004; Black and Light in 2006; and Bankside’s Past in the Present in 2017. He has published three books of black and white photographs: Made in Southwark – a photographic celebration of the hand in 2005; The Borough Market Cookbook: Meat and Fish in 2007; and Open for Business in 2008

George was born in Southwark and still lives there. George, Ted Bowman – until his death – and other local residents have looked after the church gardens in Copperfield Street since 1971.