We are a Community Benefit Society registered in 2006 and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority with charitable status.
OCLT has a strong board and excellent governance arrangements (see our governing document here). Most recently, because of the now exceedingly difficult funding environment for affordable homes with no capital grant available, we are working closely with potential partners to create a new fund to receive donations for permanently affordable homes in Oxfordshire.
Read the annual reports from the last few years here.
Professor Sue BrownillDirector
Sue is a Reader in Urban Policy and Governance at Oxford Brookes University, whose research and teaching interests focus on the interaction of communities with urban planning and regeneration. Sue was a board member of Oxford Citizens Housing Association until 2013 and before moving to Oxford worked with community organisations in London’s Docklands.
Mark has over 13 years’ housebuilding and renewable energy development experience both in the UK and US. He is a qualified barrister and a practising solicitor specialising in planning and public law for a major international law firm. Mark has community organising experience in planning, housing, environmental and economic issues.
Jock’s first career was on the Stock Exchange. Since 1996 he has worked in IT support and development, at Oxford Brookes University. Jock served on Oxford City Council for three years until 2002. In the recent past, he has been a governor of Oxford Brookes University, chair of the Oxfordshire Social Enterprise Forum and a director of Social Enterprise South East (SE2 Partnership).
Bob is a housing and planning researcher with a career in community planning and local government regeneration. He was involved in the campaigns which led to the community-led Coin Street housing development on the South Bank in London. In May 2020, his book, The Property Lobby, was published. He has lived in Oxford for the past 15 years and teaches part-time at Oxford Brookes University.
Maureen has worked across a wide range of services in local government in both Ireland and England. Her experience is mainly, but not exclusively, in finance. She is a qualified accountant and member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. She has recently stood down from the role of Treasurer (after 9 years) with Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Association.
Alison has lived in Oxford for 22 years. Her career has included project management of housing association development schemes, and housing management experience with an Inner London local authority. Alison also has twelve years of experience in Housing Policy and Strategy at Homes England.
Jonathan MillerDirector (co-optee)
Jonathan has over 35 years of home building experience, including over 15 years at board level of both PLC and SME house builders. He started his career in Architecture with a practice in Bedford before working for both developers and contractors across all disciplines, from land acquisition, planning, and design, to procurement and delivery – including four years as Regional Managing Director for the Kier house building business.
Miriam is an IT Systems Engineer with 15+ years’ experience in various IT Sectors. She is a former MicroBanker and horticulturist. Miriam has worked in the construction sector in Africa since 2011. She is currently working in Project Management in the Health and Social Care, Procurement and Environment sectors.
Fran Ryan is a semi-retired Occupational Psychologist who has worked in the private, pubic and voluntary sectors including thirteen years in management in the financial services sector in London. She is a founder member of OCLT and also a Director of Oxford Cohousing Ltd. She has lived in Oxford for over 50 years.
Vyvyan lives and works in Oxford and has over 40 years’ experience in managing residential and small-scale commercial property. He is currently managing a small residential property portfolio. He has extensive knowledge of town planning having been a lecturer in Economics for Estate Management and Town Planning students at Oxford Brookes University 1973 to 1989.
Deborah Glass WoodinDirector
Deborah studied Occupational Therapy in Oxford in the 80s, then worked and campaigned in the Middle East for seven years. She returned to Oxford in 1992, becoming a City and then County Councillor. Deborah is part of Oxford GreenPrint workers co-op, a founder-manager of South Oxford Farmers and Community Market and director of Hogacre Common Eco Park.
Josh has a background in academia and publishing. He previously taught sociology and social theory in Cambridge, where he founded and edited a magazine specialising in longform journalism. Alongside his work for OCLT, he is a freelance editor and translator.
Frequently asked questions
How do community land trusts work?
A CLT organisation is set up by a local group of people who get together to do something to ensure there are more affordable assets for that community. These could be for housing, workspace, food production or leisure.
There are various legal mechanisms which can underpin this. OCLT is a Community Benefit Society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014.
What is community-led housing?
Community-led housing are homes which are owned and managed by the community living in them. You can watch a film about successful community-led housing projects already happening in Oxfordshire here.
What is a community land trust?
A Community Land Trust (a CLT) is an organisation set up to own and manage land by and for a local community. Through this organisation, the land is owned by the community in perpetuity and used for the explicit benefit of that community. It might be used for any purpose which benefits the community to which it is linked: housing, workspace, leisure or horticulture.
There are various legal structures which can underpin a CLT but one key aspect of the idea is that the land cannot be sold off for private gain. Through this mechanism (called an asset lock), the CLT aims to ensure permanent and affordable access to the land for whichever purpose the community needs.
Why do we need community land trusts?
One of the biggest needs, especially in this time of post-recession, is to provide land for affordable housing. Increasing numbers of working people find it difficult or impossible to find a secure and affordable place to live. There is also a great shortage of social housing and many working families have no access to them.
CLTs offer a way to provide permanently affordable land (it is permanently owned by the community so doesn’t keep going up in value) for housing and other local needs.