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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.

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

Any profit produced by UKCN will be gift aided to the UK Cohousing Trust.

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 fell into collaborative housing back in 1976, visiting the redevelopment of the Byker neighbourhood in Newcastle and the on-site office of the architect Ralph Erskine, who seemed to have no difficulty in involving a whole neighbourhood in the remaking of their place over many years. I thought then and still do ‘why would you want to do housing any other way?’

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.

Dr Helen Jarvis, Group Member Director (CoHut, Newcastle)

Helen is Reader in Social Geography at Newcastle University, and has close links with UKCN research network equivalents for Cohousing USA and Cohousing Australia. She led the ESRC funded seminar series Collaborative Housing and Community Resilience, with UKCN. Helen is a member of CoHUT is a core member of the Tyne and Wear Community Housing Alliance.

Tim Woodward

Tim Woodward, Group Member Director (Sturts Farm, Dorset)

Tim is a Co-director of Sturts Community Trust and has over 30 years’ experience of living in intentional communities throughout Europe and the UK.

Laura Moss

Laura Moss, Co-opted Director from Wrigley's Solictors LLP

Laura is a solicitor at Wrigleys Solicitors LLP. She specialises in advising charities and social enterprises, with a particular focus on community-led housing. She is also a member of Otley CLT, which aims to develop affordable, community-led housing in West Yorkshire.

Caroline MacFarland, Co-opted Director from COVI

Caroline MacFarland, Co-opted Director

Caroline is the founder and director of the think tank Common Vision (CoVi). She was previously managing director at ResPublica, one of the founding team members of the foundation Power to Change, and a special advisor to the Big Lottery Fund. In 2015, she was named one of Management Today’s 35 women under 35.

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. It is his intention to develop this. 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.

Anna Kear, Executive Director

Anna Kear, Executive Director (part time)

Anna joined UK Cohousing in February 2016 to take forward the new manifesto and raise awareness of the benefits of cohousing. Anna was previously a development director for Aster Group and has worked in the field of housing since 1988. Anna has been a Board member of Wiltshire Community Land Trust, Bath Self-help Housing, and local community arts projects.

Bridie Lavender

Bridie Lavender, Membership & Financial Administration Officer

Bridie began working for UKCN in April 2016 to support the organisation with membership and financial administration. Alongside her work at UKCN, Bridie also works for the National CLT Network as a Grants and Administration Coordinator. She graduated with a degree in International Development in 2015 and spent time at Reprieve, the charity that fights human rights abuses.