Catherine Harrington, Chief Executive (jobshare)
Catherine Harrington shares the position of chief executive with Tom Chance. Catherine has been the chief executive of the National CLT Network since establishing the Network in September 2010. Her primary role is to lead the Network's policy, advocacy and communications work. She also shares responsibility with Tom for the charity's strategy and business plan, and for building and maintaining relationships with key partners.
Catherine joined the Network from the Department for Communities and Local Government. Previously she has worked at Notting Hill Housing Trust and the Institute for Public Policy Research. Catherine has an MSc in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics and holds a BA Hons in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge.
Tom Chance, Chief Executive (jobshare)
Tom Chance shares the position of chief executive with Catherine Harington. Tom joined the National CLT Network in May 2016 and now leads on the Network's projects, finances and operations, building the charity into a strong and sustainable organisation. He also shares responsibility with Catherine for the charity's strategy and business plan, and for building relationships with the housebuilding, finance, local government and community sectors.
Prior to joining the Network, he worked for the Greater London Authority in housing and planning policy, and as head of office for the Green Party Group on the London Assembly. He has also worked for a sustainable construction company, and as a consultant for clients such as the All Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Planning, World Habitat, Phases and various local authorities.
Samantha Jones, Head of Community Led Homes Programme
Samantha joined the Network in August 2018. She heads up the Community Led Homes Programme, which is run jointly with our partner organisations: Confederation of Co-operative Housing, Locality and UK Cohousing. Community Led Homes provides funding, helps grow skills and resources for the sector, and raises awareness to get more people involved. Samantha is also leading on initiatives to support the development of community land trusts, and to help make the organisation sustainable.
Samantha has previously worked in project and programme management, regeneration strategy and funding for East Suffolk Councils, Norfolk Rural Community Council, East of England Development Agency and English Heritage.
Beth Boorman, Communications Manager
Beth joined the Network in June 2017. She is leading on the development and delivery of a new communications strategy for community led housing, to raise its profile and secure a more supportive policy and funding environment.
Prior to this, Beth worked for Phoenix Community Housing, a resident-led housing association. She studied fine art at Winchester School of Art and has professional qualifications in digital marketing and internal communications.
Sophie Haggerty, Communications and Campaigns Officer
Sophie joined the Network in January 2020. She comes to the Network after experience in compliance, communications and advocacy with both American and British anti-corruption charities and the private sector. She received a BA in Government from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., as well as an MSc in Globalisation and Development from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
Sophie spends much of her time assisting the communications manager in crafting and executing communications strategy for community led housing, to raise its profile and secure a more supportive policy and funding environment. She also assists the co-chief executive in implementing advocacy campaigns.
Polly Adams-Felton, Project Manager
Polly joined the National CLT Network in July 2017. She came to the Network from a career in audit in the third sector, working with a wide variety of charities. Before this she worked in research for an investment management firm after achieving her Master’s degree in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
Polly is responsible for managing National CLT Network's projects, including the Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities project which seeks to establish CLTs in cities across North West Europe and the CLT Start-up Fund, which funds initial support for new CLTs across England and Wales.
Anne Black, Administrator
Anne Black joined the National CLT Network in March 2019 to provide administrative and membership support.She has previously worked in primary education and in public sector administration. She has a BA English Literature and Film and an MA in Printmaking.
Eliza Platts Mills, National Advice Centre Manager
Eliza joined the National CLT Network in March 2019 as co-manager of the Community Led Homes National Advice Centre. Eliza’s primary responsibility is to update existing resources and develop new resources for the Community Led Homes website. The resources will guide developers of community led housing and support the growth of community led housing across England and Wales.
Prior to joining the Network, Eliza was a clinical law professor at the University of Texas School of Law, providing pro bono legal representation to non-profit organizations, low-income small business owners and social enterprises. One of her long-term clients was a community-based, non-profit affordable housing developer that, with her help, set up the first Community Land Trust in Texas. Eliza has also provided legal advice to low-income tenants in Washington, D.C. who were forming tenant associations, buying and renovating their buildings, and converting them to limited equity cooperatives. Before law school, Eliza spent a year conducting a feasibility study for a self-help housing homeownership program in rural Virginia.
Rosie McBride, National Advice Centre Officer
Rosie is the officer for the National Advice Centre, handling enquiries from community led housing groups and linking them up with enabling hubs, grant funders and other support organisations. She previously worked as the administrator for both UK Cohousing Network and the National CLT Network. She still works for the National CLT Network one day per week, assisting with their incorporation service.
Rosie holds a BA in History from the University of Manchester and previously worked supporting education groups in the heritage sector.
Peg Alexander, Hub Manager
Peg Alexander job shares the hub manager contract, supporting existing and emerging community led housing hubs across England. Based in Leeds, she is mainly supporting hubs in the North. Peg comes to this role after over 25 years working at a senior level in the public and third sectors as a consultant, chief executive and time in a Government children's agency developing policy, practice and support for all of England’s local authorities. She works as an associate for Leeds Community Homes.
Peg combines this work with another career as a TV/Radio broadcaster, journalist, event host and speaker. Indeed, it was through making a documentary about community led housing that she made her connections that led to this job.
Alison Ward, Hub Manager
Alison Ward job shares the hub manager role and has been a community led housing adviser for the Wessex CLT Project since 2010. Alison was a trustee of the National Community Land Trust Network between 2014 and 2019 and has also worked for the social finance intermediary Resonance to carry out research into the funding needs of community led housing groups and to develop new finance products for community led housing projects.
Alison holds an Institute of Leadership and Management Level 5 qualification in Social Enterprise Support, and Open University Certificate in Management for not for profit organisations and an honours degree in English Literature. In 2003 Alison worked as a VSO volunteer for a non governmental organisation in Pakistan, an experience which strengthened her views on the importance of supporting community leaders at the most local level.
Rachel Chance, Finance and Operations Manager
Rachel Chance joined the Network in September 2018 to manage the operations and finances. She has a background in management, social enterprise and third sector having previously been CEO of third sector digital firm, Fat Beehive and the Managing Director of the innovative recycling social enterprise The Laundry. Rachel also has a background in environmental consultancy and project management within the third sector.
Rachel has a BSc Hons in Psychology from the University of Sheffield. She has continued professional development in organisational psychology and change management.
Rachel is currently on maternity leave.
Jonathan Bowles, Interim Finance and Operations Manager
Jonathan Bowles joined the Network in March 2020. He has been working in the voluntary sector for 8 years with predominantly community led organisations, and has worked in the Civil Service too. Jonathan has also been involved in project-based work around major infrastructure projects, including the 2012 Olympics.