Our Board

The Network is accountable to the National CLT Network Board.

The Network was formally incorporated as a Charity in May 2014 after 3.5 years of being hosted by the National Housing Federation, the trade body for housing associations in England. The Network's first AGM will be held in autumn 2015. 

All members are eligible to join the Board, and all Members are welcome to observe at Board meetings. Please let us know if you'd like to observe at a future meeting or be nominated for a Board position: info@communitylandtrusts.org.uk or 020 7067 1039.

The following individuals are on our board of trustees:

Cathy Bakewell, Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville MBE (Chair of the National CLT Network)

Cathy Bakewell, Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville MBE, is a British politician who is a member of the House of Lords for the Lib Dems. She was the leader of Somerset County Council from 2001 to 2007. Previously she worked for Paddy Ashdown MP.

She has served as councillor for Coker on South Somerset District Council since 2009 and was created a life peer as Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville, of Hardington Mandeville in Somerset on 9 September 2013, taking her title for the local village of Hardington Mandeville where she lives.

In 2015 Cathy was appointed as the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Housing as part of the Communities and Local Government Team.

Cathy is a keen supporter of CLTs and has spoken passionately about CLTs in the House of Lords. 


David Graham MBE, Lyvennet CT

David was introduced to CLTs in 2009, quickly becoming a passionate advocate for the CLT approach to community asset development and ownership.
He is Chair of the Lyvennet Community Trust which, having built out their first £1.7m affordable housing project, now manage 10 affordable rental properties with a further 9 homes all with local occupancy restrictions built, under construction or planned by self-builders. He is also about to commence his own self-build. In addition, David is Chair of the Lyvennet Community Pub Ltd, an IPS that raised £300k over 6 months in 2011 through a share issue. The organisation purchased, refurbished (with over 4000 hours of community input), and re-opened the last pub in Lyvennet as a community hub. This is now an extremely successful business with further extensions to the facilities added over the 3 years. Most importantly it plays a key role within the community as a hub for activities and socialising.  

Following months of lobbying the organisations became part of the Government’s Eden Big Society Vanguard in June 2010. David was appointed an MBE for his services to Crosby Ravensworth (through Lyvennet CT) in June 2013.

David was previously Chair of the National CLT Network between 2013-15.  In David’s own words: “CLTs provide a fantastic means of harnessing community skills, knowledge and energy and focusing it to resolve local issues such as affordable housing. All too often in the case of housing the real needs of communities are not even considered or blatantly ignored by large developers driven by profits and open market house sales. CLTs provide an opportunity for communities to reverse this trend not only ensuring local affordable housing but in the process growing a stronger community.”


Alison Ward, Wessex Community Assets

I support CLTs because: they give long term strength to communities through giving local people influence over the things that matter most to them and their community. 

Alison Ward is a social enterprise adviser specialising in advising Community Land Trusts. She has worked with Community Land Trusts since 2007 in varying capacities, first of all supporting CLTs through the National CLT Rural Demonstration Programme, then supporting CLTs to set up and successfully run their organisations through the Wessex Community Land Trust Project, which initiated in 2010. The Wessex CLT Project supports CLTs in Somerset, Dorset and Devon in all aspects of setting up their CLTs and delivering affordable housing for local people in their communities. 

Alison holds a degree in English Literature, a Certificate in Management for not-for-profit organisations and an ILM level 5 qualification in Social Enterprise Support. In May 2012, the National CLT Conference made an award to the Somerset, Devon and Dorset CLT Project (the former name of the Wessex CLT Project) for "Exceptional support for the sector." Alison lives in Exeter with her family.


Ian Crawley, Wiltshire CLT

I support CLTs because: they are a unique way in which local people can help those in their community most in housing need by providing homes owned by their community for ever.

Ian is a CLT Technical Advisor, with five years experience as a pro bono community consultant supporting communities to deliver affordable housing, community centres, libraries, allotments and other community assets. This work is informed by his 33 years local government experience, including at Director level in Environment in Islington and Housing in Bristol.

For 2015 he is keen to assist Cashes Green CLT take on other community assets, now the 78 home housing development is fully occupied; and see homes under construction in Tibberton, Worcs and Nailsworth, Glos. through the respectives CLTs he is advising.


Jo Lavis, Lincolnshire CLT (Vice Chair of the National CLT Network)

I support CLTs because: they are inspirational, bubble energy and put a smile on your face.  What more do you need for you to know that you, working with your friends and neighbours can make a meaningful difference that benefits your community, now and generations to come?

Jo has been involved with rural affordable housing for over 30 years. She is a planner by profession and most of her career has been devoted to finding ways of improving the supply of affordable housing in rural areas. This has included working at community, local authority and national level policy, including providing the the secretariat for the Affordable Rural Housing Commission. Eight years ago she set up Rural Housing Solutions that specializes in providing support for local authorities and national organisations to develop and implement policies and practices that will improve the supply of rural affordable housing. Through this she helped set up Lincolnshire Community Land Trust, of which she is currently the Vice-Chair.


Pam Johns, Holsworthy Community Property Trust

I support CLTs because: they are run by local people for local people and are able to provide answers to some of the questions around providing housing that’s affordable for local people as well as other community assets, such as pubs and woodland.

Pam Johns has worked in the legal profession for over 30 years, predominantly dealing with property transactions, first in the residential domestic market but, latterly, dealing with commercial property and, particularly, agricultural property work.  

Pam was a founding Trustee and Company Secretary of the Holsworthy Community Property Trust in 2005 and has been very much involved in the way that Community Land Trusts have developed over the intervening years, including sitting on the CLT Supervisory Board.


Stephen Hill, C20 Futureplanners

I support CLTs because: they are an important political idea about all land being used for the common good. Happily, it’s a political idea that is owned, not by the Right or the Left, but by individual citizens and communities doing the right thing for their place.

Stephen works independently, with public and private sector experience of housing, planning and delivering mixed-use development, urban extensions, new settlements, and community-led neighbourhood regeneration. He represents the RICS on DCLG’s Housing Sounding Board, and chairs the UK Cohousing Network. He recently published Property, Justice and Reason, his Churchill Fellowship report of his visit in 2014 to the USA and Canada to study the relationship between the state and citizens, through community organising for housing.  



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