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 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.

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 respective CLTs he is advising.

Stephen Hill, C20 Futureplanners

"I support CLTs because: they are an important political idea about all land being used for the common good, and in the public interest. 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". 

In 2014, Stephen visited the USA and Canada, as a Churchill Fellow, to study the relationship between the state and citizens, working together to promote community housing and land ownership; written up in his report Property, Justice and Reason. He works independently as a planning and development surveyor, with public and private sector experience of housing, planning and delivering mixed-use development, urban extensions, new settlements, and community-led neighbourhood regeneration.

He has represented his professional body, the RICS, in many aspects of housing and planning policy development with government. He chairs the UK Cohousing Network, and has been actively involved in the design and implementation of the Community Housing Fund by all the community led housing bodies.

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 CLT Director. LCH is a CLT for Leeds, a developer of community-led, affordable, environmentally sustainable housing in Leeds, plus a hub helping others to do the same in Leeds city 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 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.

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.

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 non-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’s 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 currently Chair of Powerstock and District CLT.

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


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