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Dr Sue Brownill

Chair

Sue Brownill 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 has been a board member of Oxford Citizens Housing Association since 2003 and before moving to Oxford worked with community organisations in London's Docklands.

Charlie Fisher

Exec Team

Charlie joined OCLT as Project Manager in July 2014 and since finishing this role has continued to participate as an executive director attending regular executive meetings to keep things going. Charlie trained as an architect specialising in Development and Emergency practice and is now doing a PhD on affordable housing delivery models at Oxford Brookes. His experiences of working for local architecture practice Transition by Design, his passion for housing issues, residential design and participatory techniques, together with his growing expertise in affordable housing, make him an invaluable member of the Board.

Fran Ryan

Secretary, Attends Exec Team, Attends Board Meetings

Fran is a freelance Chartered Occupational Psychologist and works part time in Human Resources in the private and public sectors. She has previously had 13 years management experience in financial services. Although not a housing pofessional by background has developed considerable expertise in alternative approaches to affordable housing provision and is passionate about avoiding Right to Buy in order to retain permanent affordability.

Deborah Glass Woodin

Exec Team

Deborah is a community activist and has joined the Board for one year from January 2017 to support the success of the Irving Building Project. She has been a prime mover in this. Deborah first trained as an occupational therapist in Oxford in the early 80s, then worked and campaigned in the Middle East. She returned to Oxford in 1992, becoming a City and then a County Councillor. Apart from her interest in addressing the challenges of housing in Oxford (through co-housing and Homes for Oxford) she is part of Oxford GreenPrint workers co-op, is a founder member/manager of South Oxford Farmers and Community Market and is working to set up a local micro-dairy. She is a widow and the mother of two teenagers and has lived in South Oxford for 23 years.

Ron Gibbons

Non-Exec Director

Ron Gibbons is an architect by training and has over 30 years' experience in Master Planning and Urban Design living and practicing in the UK, US and Japan.  He has specialised in residential design, from one-off residences through urban regeneration to the design and development of complete new communities. Ron considers the delivery of exciting, efficient yet environmentally conscious housing to be the greatest challenge in the UK, and has worked over the last 10 years with both the DCLG and the HCA to help facilitate its growth.  He is a leading expert on Custom Build Housing and is a Director of Urban Selfbuild Ltd which was one of the first developer companies in the UK to receive government loan funding to help deliver a new type of housing model in the UK.

Bob Colenutt

Non-Exec Director

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.  Recently he has been undertaking research into housing supply and volume house building in London and the South-East of England.  He has lived in Oxford for the past 8 years 

Liz Cairncross

Non-Exec Director

Liz Cairncross has a long-standing interest in community-based housing organisations having worked for a short-life housing co-operative in London before going on to do research on tenant participation and tenant management in social housing at Glasgow and Oxford Brookes Universities. She has also worked as a housing adviser and led the Certificate in Tenant Participation course at Brookes.  Formerly, Head of Research at the Institute of Public Care with a particular interest in housing options for older people, she is now a freelance researcher. She has lived and worked in Oxford for the last twenty years

Larry Sanders

Non-Exec Director

Larry was a county councillor for four years and was the Leader of the Green Group on Oxfordshire County Council. He has used his position to bring Land Trusts into discussion, particularly in meeting the increasing need for accommodation for Older People.

He sees that community land trusts tackle two of the major issues of our time: the need for homes at a price that most people can afford and the building of community. He is a trained lawyer and social worker. He has been a university lecturer in Social Work and Social and Health Care Law.

Paul Godden

Non-Exec Director

Paul Godden is a Chartered Management Accountant in the University of Oxford Department of Oncology.  A passion for economics and sustainable enterprise has led to his launching a trading partnership in Oxford called SESI Food and Household Refills http://www.sesi.org.uk/. As the UK housing crisis has grown year on year he has felt moved to get involved in practical action to create more permanently affordable homes in Oxford.

Jock Coats

Treasurer, Co-opted Member

Jock’s first career was on the Stock Exchange culminating in private client equities portfolio management. He now iworks in IT support and development, moving to Oxford in 1993 and to Oxford Brookes University in 1996.

Jock served on the City Council for three years up till 2002 and with Fran was a founder member of OCLT in 2003. 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). He has just completed his first degree (and got a first) in Economics and Politics. 

 

Vyv Salmon

Co-opted Member

Vyvyan lives and works in Oxford and has over 40 years’ experience in managing residential and small scale commercial property. He is currently self employed 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.

He has extensive director experience as a Board Member and is currently a Board Member of South West Foundation,  and The Old Bakehouse Trust  Co-operatively managed workspaces.