January marked a new year and a new chapter for the National CLT Network. David Graham, a long standing board member for the National has stepped down from the board after 7 years of involvement. He remains a non-trustee member of the finance subcommittee.
“I joined the NCLTN as a Board Member in 2012 and have been involved and watched the NCLTN grow and mature from its early days housed in the National Housing Federation Offices to an organisation which now has the ear of Government and has become the major player in the community housing field.
"The journey has not happened by chance but through our professional and dedicated growing team of staff and the inspirational Community Land Trust members across the country.
"From a personal perspective it has been a rewarding journey but as my interests have changed the time was right to part company and allow a new Trustee to join the Board. I remain convinced from my own experience with Lyvennet Community Land Trust that our model of housing delivery makes a huge impact in our communities. Keep up the good work”.
In January we welcomed three new trustees who were co-opted to the board by our existing trustees and will stand down for election at the next AGM.
Helen Lawrence joins us from a career working across businesses, universities and the nonprofit 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 told us:
"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".
Steve Hoey 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 the Leeds city region.
“I Support CLTs because I’ve 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”.
Vanessa White 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 shared with us:
“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”.
Our Director, Tom Chance in welcoming our new Trustees said:
"I'm delighted that Vanessa, Steve and Helen have joined us as Trustees. As Director I'm pleased to have plugged our skills gaps to oversee and support our work. I'm also excited about their experience in areas like health, homelessness and digital innovation, which will bring some new ideas to our board.
"David's departure is a sad loss to the Network. He has been there from the start, pioneering one of the first CLTs in Cumbria and chairing the Network when it first became a charity. On a personal note I've very much enjoyed working with him. I'm so grateful he will continue to contribute through our finance subcommittee."
To learn more about our trustees visit the The Board page