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UK Cohousing Network

The UK Cohousing Network was established following the UK’s first Cohousing Conference in Lancaster in 2007, to promote awareness of cohousing and support the development of new cohousing communities.

The UK Cohousing Network is a membership organisation with a mission to enable communities to use the cohousing principles to create better places to live by reducing isolation and loneliness, and by sharing facilities and services reduce living costs.

UKCN is a resource for members interested in Cohousing, enabling them to share information, advertise related services and connect up to discuss shared issues and learning. Our primary focus is to find ways to make cohousing more accessible, and to help shape the policy and public funding environment to achieve this goal.

Read our submission to the DCLG Housing for Older People Inquiry here

The Network has access to a range of associate advisors and consultants with direct experience of co-creating with groups and making a success of community living and community owned assets and enterprise.

The UK Cohousing Network is a Company Limited by Guarantee. No 06313462. Registered address: 9 Wickham Road, London, SE4 1PF.

Contact the Network via the contact form. The Network is funded by its membership fees.

The Directors are elected from the membership and are responsible for the management of the Company’s business.

UK Cohousing Network Directors and Cohousing staff (from May 2016)

Stephen Hill, Group Member Director

Stephen Hill, Group Member Director (Dartmouth Park, London) (Chair)

I’m a member of Dartmouth Park Coho. I have been involved in the development of community housing since 1976, after visiting the redevelopment of the Byker neighbourhood in Newcastle and the on-site office of the architect Ralph Erskine, involving a whole neighbourhood in the remaking of their place over many years. I am keen to see that all the accumulated evidence of successful community housing projects in the UK and elsewhere is available to as wide an audience as possible.

Dr Phil McGeevor, Group Member Director

Dr Phil McGeevor, Group Member Director (Cannock Mill, Colchester) (Vice Chair)

Phil has been a member of Cannock Mill Colchester Cohousing since 2007; the project is now on site and due for completion in August 2018. Before retirement, Phil was Academic Registrar for Royal Holloway, University of London where he was responsible for many aspects of student administration, welfare and governance.

Neil Stephens

Neil Stephens, Individual Member Director (Treasurer)

Passionate about Sustainable Architecture, Passivhaus and all things Co-housing. Firm believer of Housing for the people by the people. I'm also a Senior Architect at MDR Associates Architects.

Jackie Carpenter, Group Member Director (Trelay Farm, Cornwall)

Jackie graduated from University College London with a mechanical engineering degree. She helped found the charity Energy21, and was MD for ten years, promoting community renewable energy. She was President of the Women’s Engineering Society 2002-03 and a judge for Clear Skies 2004-06. She is a freelance writer, speaker and consultant.

Angela Vincent

Angela Vincent, Group Member Director (Kent Cohousing)

Angela has a background in marketing communications. She is co-founder of Kent Cohousing and has ambitions to create, and live in, an intergenerational, self-build, eco community.

Dan Dunleavy, Individual Member Director

Dan has a commercial track record in the international technology business. He has a keen interest in eco-housing and cohousing. He currently lives and works in central London.

Chris Coates, Group Member

Chris Coates, Group Member Director (Lancaster, Lancs)

Founder member of Foregbank Cohousing; Editor of Diggers and Dreamers; Squatter turned eco-property developer.

Rosie McBride, Administrative Assistant

Rosie joined the Network in October 2017 to provide administrative support. Rosie also works for the National CLT Network. Rosie holds a BA in History from the University of Manchester and previously worked supporting education groups in the heritage sector.