Walk and Talk with Vanessa Henneker


Vanessa joined King’s Cross as the operations manager for KX Recruit in May 2017. They support local businesses on and surrounding the development with recruitment needs.  Their main aim is to ensure local residents from Camden and Islington know about and have access to the vast array of local jobs, and best of all they are free as they are funded via 106.


1. How has the area changed since you started working in the area?

The King’s Cross development was well underway when I started working here, the biggest change I have witnessed is the completion of Coal Drops Yard as it is situated over the road from our office, so we have watched it grow and open which was such an exciting time for us with all those job opportunities and outcomes.

2. What’s your favourite place in the area and why?

The canal behind the Gasholder Park as it’s so serene and peaceful. A lovely place to walk through or sit and watch the world go by.

3. What do you love about our neighbourhood?

That it is clean, feels safe, has a diverse community and there is always lots happening.

4. What’s your favourite community activity in the area?

The Visitor Centre (on Stable Street) offer free Tours of the development. You get to learn about the history of the area as well as all the upcoming events and new openings!  I would recommend these to anyone working or living in the neighbourhood.

5. What is your favourite aspect of the work Urban Partners does?

The events they create to bring working professionals together to share good practice and tackle common issues. KXR and UP work in partnership on the HR network group and we have covered some great topics so far including apprenticeships, mental health in the workplace and inclusion and diversity.

6. What’s the best community initiative you have seen in the local area?

I will be biased and say KX Recruit, it has placed over 1100 people into local employment opportunities to date!

7. What challenges will the area face in the future?

Low unemployment will mean certain sectors will continue to have to work hard to find staff, we are finding that employers are becoming more flexible with working hours and shifts to help attract a wider range of applications.