Our Team

Tom Chance, Acting Director

Tom joined the National CLT Network in May 2016 to lead on an inquiry into new sources of supply as part of the National Housing Taskforce, a project of the Housing and Planning All Party Parliamentary Group. In April 2017 he took on the role of Head of Grants and Development, leading on on our programmes and business initiatives to support the development of the sector. As of July 2018 he is our Acting Director whilst Catherine Harrington is on maternity leave.

Tom has previously worked on housing policy and practice at the Greater London Authority and Bioregional, and has an MA in Philosophy from the University of Reading.

Contact: info@communitylandtrusts.org.uk or 020 3096 7790

Samantha Jones, Head of Programmes and Development

Samantha joined the Network in August 2018 as the Head of Programmes and Development. Samantha is leading on initiatives to support the development of the sector, the scaling up of the CLT movement, and to help make the organisation sustainable.

She is also responsible for managing and overseeing the National CLT Network's projects and programmes, including the Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities project which seeks to establish CLTs in cities across North West Europe, the Community-led Housing Infrastructure Project, supporting local enabling hubs, and the CLT Start-up Fund, which funds initial support for new CLTs

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.

Contact: samantha@communitylandtrusts.org.uk or 020 3096 7790 

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.

Contact: beth@communitylandtrusts.org.uk or 020 3096 7792

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. 
 

Contact: Rachel@communitylandtrusts.org.uk or 020 3096 7790

Kennedy Walker, Communications and Campaigns Officer 

Kennedy joined the National CLT Network in May 2018. He has a background in campaigns and communications having worked for organisations such as Global Justice Now and the Centre for Labour and Social Studies. Having acquired a BA in Sociology, he then completed an MA in Human Rights, Culture and Social Justice from Goldsmiths UoL.

Kennedy will be supporting our advocacy campaigning, communications and events work, including an EU-funded project to scale up CLTs in North West Europe. 

Contact: kennedy@communitylandtrusts.org.uk or 020 3096 7792

Polly Adams-Felton, Grants and CLT Support Coordinator 

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 coordinating the grants programmes that the National CLT Network offer and group support across England, Wales and North West Europe. Alongside this, Polly provides support in overseeing the strategic outcomes of these initiatives.

Contact: Polly@communitylandtrusts.org.uk or 020 3096 7793

Rosie McBride, Administrator

Rosie joined the Network in October 2017 to provide administrative support. In addition to this role, Rosie also works for the UK Cohousing Network.

Rosie holds a BA in History from the University of Manchester and previously worked supporting education groups in the heritage sector.

Contact: rosie@communitylandtrusts.org.uk or 020 3096 7790 

Catherine Harrington, Director (on maternity leave until Summer 2019)

 

Catherine Harrington has been the Director of the National CLT Network since establishing the Network in September 2010. Her primary role is to lead the strong staff team to deliver the Network’s Business Plan, to ensure the needs of the Network's Members are met and to secure a positive future for the organisation. She has responsibility for the Network’s future funding and sustainability, building and maintaining relationships with key partners and the Network's lobbying and campaigning work. Catherine is also leading on a major project to secure a sustainable future for the National CLT Network.  

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.