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Would you like to join a dynamic organisation that is behind a growing movement of people building genuinely and permanently affordable homes? Will you enjoy working in a pioneering and committed team of trustees that help inspire, guide and drive the staff’s ambition and achievements? We are looking for two trustees to join our board this autumn to help shape the future of our growing and ambitious membership network.

About the role

Working with our existing team of Trustees you will ensure that the National CLT Network is well run and that we have sustainable resources to meet our strategic aims and thrive as an organisation. We have a particular focus on expanding our member services and joint work with partners this year.

Key tasks and accountabilities are

  • Ensure the charity acts for public benefit, is meeting its objects set out in the constitution and retains its ethos and values.

  • Ensure the charity has a clear vision and strategy, and business plan focused on achievement

  • Oversee the director’s discharge of the Network’s business plan, through agreeing performance targets, supporting them and holding them to account for achieving this efficiently and effectively

  • Manage resources responsibly and ensure the viability of the organisation: Act as guardians for the charity’s assets and ensure the stability of the organisation

  • People: responsibility for and to staff, members and volunteers

  • Act with reasonable care and skill and in the charity’s best interests. By understanding  your responsibilities and complying with the Trustees Code of Conduct.

  • Develop and ensure the maintenance of a properly constituted, balanced and competent Board.

  • Oversee the discharge of all legal, regulatory and contractual obligations and requirements, and ensure the charity is accountable.


Currently there are seven trustees, and we are looking to expand the board to nine. The trustees meet quarterly for half a day - travel and subsistence expenses are reimbursed. Some work may be required in-between meetings over email. The role is voluntary and unpaid. There are opportunities to specialise in particular areas of interest such as joining the finance sub-committee. We can talk to you about how your skills might fit our needs, just give us a call - details below.  

What can you bring to the Network?

In order to achieve the National CLT Network’s vision and goals the Network needs to people with sound judgement who will enjoy guiding the team to achieve our ambitions. The Network is a fast paced organisation, it’s never boring, often challenging,  you will enjoy supporting change while providing the structure for the team in good governance and oversight.

It’s important to us that you feel strongly about the importance of social justice and the difference that community land trust can make in meeting that aim.

While we welcome interest from a wide variety of backgrounds we are looking for people with the following attributes in particular:

  • Members of CLTs that are members of the National CLT Network

  • Experience in finance, in particular

    • Charity finance background

    • Accountants

    • Financial Directors

    • Chief Operating Officers

  • Experience in Business, particularly: 

    • Entrepreneur

    • Social or cooperative enterprise background/knowledge

    • Business start up (possibly in property development)

    • Business in the Community

  • CLT or housing specialists

    • Lender to CLTs

    • Someone from a CLT on the ground

    • Regeneration

  • General Skills

    • HR

    • Communications/marketing/PR

    • Mentoring

  • Geographical spread: we would welcome applicants from Wales, the Midlands and the North East and North West.

  • Diversity: We particularly welcome applications from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic candidates as they are underrepresented in our organisation at this level.


We are looking to put forward nominees to our AGM on the 2nd December 2019, therefore hoping to have agreed nominations by Mid-November but we can be flexible to fit your commitments.

Next steps

If you are interested in the role you are welcome to have an informal chat with our director Tom Chance - please email Rosie our administrator to book in a time for the call: If you feel the role is for you we can send you a full information pack including a role description.

What is  the National CLT Network?

Community Land Trusts (CLTs) play an important role in solving our housing crisis. They are local organisations set up and run by local people to develop and manage homes as well as other assets important to that community, like community enterprises, food growing or workspaces. Community ownership ensures that the homes meet the particular needs of that local community, sometimes meaning that genuinely affordable housing is provided in that area for the first time.

The National CLT Network was established in 2010. As the national membership charity for CLTs in England and Wales, since our inception we have rapidly grown and now represent and support over 200 CLTs nationwide.  It provides funding, resources, training and advice for CLTs and works with Government, local authorities, lenders and funders to establish the best conditions for CLTs to grow and flourish. In the short time that the National CLT Network has been around it has achieved a significant amount and is known as one of the most effective lobbying organisations in Westminster.

Some of the notable achievements include:

  • Securing £300m Government funding for community-led housing;

  • Successfully delivering major grant programmes that enable CLTs;

  • Significantly raising the political and public profile of CLTs, including among Cabinet Ministers, MPs. policy makers and key partners.

There is real potential for the CLT movement to move from a niche emerging market into the mainstream. Our goal is for anyone, anywhere, to be able to set up a CLT and by 2021 the National CLT Network wants to have:

  • Grown the number of CLTs to at least 300 nationwide and support the completion of at least 3,000 permanently affordable homes;

  • Transformed the National CLT Network from being almost entirely reliant on grant income, into a strong, financially sustainable and resilient social business;

  • Taken a leading role in the development of the wider community-led housing sector.

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