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National Community-Led Housing Conference Programme

The national Community-Led Housing Conference is just around the corner, and we’re excited to be able to share news on the full agenda and latest speaker announcements.

Tom Heap, Countryfile presenter and BBC journalist will be opening this landmark event. You may remember that he covered community-led housing on the programme last year when he visited Christow CLT in the south west.

Many other names have also been announced (see below).

Tickets are available here.

Don’t forget cohousing group members have first access to free bursaries that have been kindly provided by the Nationwide Foundation, CDS Co-operatives and Power to Change. All you need to do is complete this Bursary application form and send to


9 – 10am Registration and mingling. Visit to the marketplace (exhibition hall) and ‘ideas board’
10 – 10.45am
Welcome address

Tom Heap, Countryfile presenter and BBC Rural Affairs Correspondent
Paul Ellis, Chief Executive, Ecology Building Society
10.45 – 11am Comfort break
11am – 12pm

Plenary 1:
Championing community-led housing

The pioneering work of councils, city regions and devolved governments, and how others can follow suit. Launch of film of Older Women’s Cohousing (OWCH).


  • Huw Irranca-Davies, Assembly Member, Welsh Government (invited)
  • Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville MBE (Chair)
  • James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Tony Newman, Leader of Croydon Council

Workshop 1:
Early money, money, money

Options for early finance including grants, loans, crowdfunding and community share issues.


  • Amir Rizwan, CAF Venturesome (Sponsor)
  • Jason Nuttall, Funding Manager, Crowdfunder
  • Dave Boyle, Community Shares Unit
  • Lorraine Taylor, Keswick CLT (invited)


Workshop 2
Going it alone or partnering

Balancing risk and control, find out the best procurement route for you including partnering with a developer or a housing association.


  • Neil Murphy, TOWN
  • Jan Chadwick, Director, Cambridge Cohousing
  • Louise Lote, Development Project Manager, Yarlington Housing Group
  • Keith Jenkins, Chair, Lyme Regis CLT (invited)


Workshop 3:
Good governance

Stewarding and ongoing management of the homes.


  • Blase Lambert, CEO, Confederation of Co-operative Housing
  • Laura Moss, Solicitor, Wrigleys (Sponsor)
  • Maria Brenton, Chair, Older Women’s Cohousing (OWCH)
  • Fiona Mullins, Director, Animate Cohousing


12 – 1.30pm Lunch.
London Hub networking session and enabler networking session. Visit to the marketplace and ‘ideas board’.


1.30 – 2.30pm

Plenary 2:
A people powered revolution

Putting the community in housing; why this movement is so special.


  • Jamie Audsley, Councillor, Croydon Council
  • Speaker from Advocacy Academy (invited)
  • Other speakers to be confirmed.


Workshop 1:
Bankrolling the build

Options for development finance; innovative practice from out in the field.


  • Carolyn Sims, Banking Director, Charity Bank (Sponsor)
  • Other speakers to be confirmed.


Workshop 2
X marks the spot

Finding and buying a site or building; self-build registers, other tools and at-risk finance.


  • Mark Ogden, Triodos Bank
  • Mario Wolf, Director, Right to Build Taskforce
  • Charlie Fisher, Executive Director, Oxfordshire CLT


Workshop 3:
All for one, and one for all

Group decision making and engaging the community.


  • Kareem Dayes, Chair, RUSS CLT
  • Seeds for Change (invited)


2.30 – 3pm Tea and coffee break


3 – 4pm

Plenary 3:
Scaling up, not selling out

Where next for community-led housing? How can we scale up but remain true to our roots?


  • Chris Brown, Executive Chair, igloo (Chair)
  • Sian Berry, London Assembly Member
  • David Ireland, Chief Executive, World Habitat
  • Stephen Hill, Chair of UK Cohousing and board member of National CLT Network
  • Catherine Harrington, Director, National CLT Network
  • Anna Kear, Director, UK Cohousing

Workshop 1
Doing more together

Practical workshop for councils on how you can engage with and support community-led housing.


  • Jo Lavis, Vice Chair, National CLT Network
  • Commissioner from the Cooperative Council’s Innovation Network (CCIN) Commission on Community-led Housing
  • Mario Wolf, Director, Right to Build Taskforce
  • Barry Malki, Head of Communities, HACT on their CLH Toolkit for councils and housing associations


Workshop 2
Living the eco dream

Building new or making good – why not go eco?


  • Jon Lee, Ecology Building Society (Sponsor)
  • Nicole Lazarus, Bioregional (invited)
  • Other speakers to be confirmed

Workshop 3:
Telling tales

Telling your story and inspiring the next generation


  • Beth Boorman, Communications and Policy Manager, National CLT Network
  • Speaker from Cannock Mill Cohousing
  • Other speakers to be confirmed.


4 – 4.15pm Comfort break


4.15 – 4.30pm Closing address – film

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