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 was 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 served as councillor for Coker on South Somerset District Council from 2009 until 2019 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 but is now the Party’s spokesperson on EFRA.


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


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 collectively, forever".

Ian retired from paid employment in 2008, after 33 years of local government experience, including at director level managing Environmental Services in Islington and Housing Services in Bristol.
Ian is a CLT technical advisor, working under the auspices of the Wiltshire umbrella CLT. He is a member of the Steering Groups for CLH Hubs in The Marches, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, a director and secretary of the Nailsworth CLT (with 10 homes occupied in May 2019 and further schemes in the pipeline construction), acting secretary of the Cashes Green CLT CIC (78 homes occupied) and is currently advising a number of communities on setting up a CLT and building affordable housing.


Steve Hoey - Leeds Community Homes CLT

"I support CLTs because: I have seen how they can contribute to the provision of truly affordable housing, as well as enabling people to come together and create significant social value around community cohesion, training, job creation and well being."

Steve is one of the co-founders of Leeds Community Homes (LCH) and is now employed as the CEO. LCH is a CLT for the Leeds area, a developer of community led, affordable, environmentally sustainable housing in Leeds, plus a hub helping others to do the same in the region.

He was previously the director at the United Nations 'World Habitat Award'-winning Canopy Housing (2008 - 2017), also a CLT. There he led an innovative, sustainable and replicable organisation with a strong global reputation in community led housing, partnership work, support, training and job creation.

He read Philosophy at Leeds University and became an MBA through study at the Open University. His 23-year career is in housing and leadership, in positions ranging from volunteer to founder, from resettlement worker to CEO.

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 40 years, predominantly dealing with property transactions, first in the residential domestic market but, now, dealing with commercial property and, particularly, agricultural property work.

Pam is 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.


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

"I support CLTs because: they are a place to call home, a chance to be part of a community, having space to breathe and enjoy."

Jo has been involved with CLTs for over ten years. She helped set up East Midlands Community Led Housing, of which she is currently vice-chair. Over the last six years, she has also been vice-chair of NCLTN. 

Her career has principally been devoted to increasing the supply of rural affordable housing, making the circle between national and local policy informed by and supporting practical delivery.

She brings a knowledge and experience of influencing national policy, an appreciation of the trustees’ role in supporting a well-motivated team and the importance of having a national organization that serves its membership.


Helen Lawrence (Helen does not represent a Member organisation)

"I support CLTs because they challenge how land has traditionally been owned and how houses have traditionally been built and propose a way to create affordable homes."

From a career working across businesses, universities and the not-for-profit sector, Helen has become a keen advocate for innovation — not only in products but also in processes and ways of working.

She joined Open Systems Lab in 2017 to lead on Operations and Partnerships, where the focus is on digital tools for the built environment. Before this, as hub director of Big Innovation Centre since 2014, Helen was responsible for overseeing the hub’s operations and ensuring that the programme of projects, events and research delivered value to partners. Helen was head of Business Relations at Birkbeck, University of London for 10 years before initially joining Big Innovation Centre as Operations & Impact Manager.

After beginning her career in theatre, Helen then worked for several years at Oxford University Press as sales manager for Northern Europe and marketing manager for Humanities, before moving to Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design as sales and marketing manager. This background has given her a good understanding of the creative industries and a passion for the role of creativity. Helen has a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford and a CIM Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing.


Vanessa White - Powerstock and District CLT

"I support CLTs because I live in a small rural community that needs homes local people can afford to live in. Throughout my professional career, I have been interested in supporting sustainable communities."

Vanessa has a background working as a manager in the NHS, specialising in community and mental health services. After leaving the NHS she worked as a management consultant broadening her role to include, saving community hospitals, social care and work with various charities and trusts.

Vanessa has also worked as a therapeutic counsellor and is a board member for Powerstock and District CLT. Vanessa is also a trustee of the Bridport Area Development Trust, a charity involved in the restoration and preservation of buildings for the economic growth and development of the local community.

She holds an M.Sc. In Policy Studies from Bristol University and a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.


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