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Our team

Comprised of directors and freelancers; all but two of us are volunteers.

Board of directors

Professor Sue Brownill

Sue is a Reader in Urban Policy and Governance at Oxford Brookes University. Her 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 Child

Director (chair)

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 Coats


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 Colenutt


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 Elliott

Director (treasurer)

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.



Deborah Glass Woodin


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.


Alison Mathias


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 Miller

Director (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 Mutizwa


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

Director (secretary)

Fran Ryan is a semi-retired Occupational Psychologist who has worked in the private, public 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.


Vyv Salmon


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.



Josh Booth

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.


Diane Montrose
Social media consultant

Diane is a marketing expert with over 15 years of experience working for global premium brands, who now uses her expertise to support small and medium-sized enterprises and purposeful businesses to achieve their marketing goals. She understands the challenges that SMEs and NPOs face, and she is passionate about helping them achieve their marketing objectives, often within the constraints of their limited budgets.

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