We provide advice, training, funding and practical support to local groups, councils and developers looking to develop community-led housing.
We’re specialists with a track record in supporting community-led housing groups to develop new homes. We’d love to work with you too!
Development Manager - Community-led Housing Locality
Zoe is a Prince 2 qualified, SFEDI accredited, community business advisor who has provided community led housing advice to groups through Locality’s Early Stage Support programme and through her role as Locality’s Community Led Housing Manager. Zoe manages the start up grant programme and enabler hub grant programme on behalf of the Community Led Homes…
Managing Director - 3bricks
Vicky has over 25 years experience in developing new homes, regeneration, specialist mixed use projects and community capacity building working for a range of public and private companies. She’s worked with many different communities across the North West developing specialist housing for work/live, eco housing, foyers, refuges and more. In addition to her work in…
GMCLHH Interim Director
Tom is the director of the hub and brings with him 30 years’ of experience working with community groups to deliver mutual models of social housing across England and Wales.
He is also a voluntary board member and vice Chairman of the Confederation of Co-operative Housing (CCH).
Board member of Chorlton Community Land Trust and Director of Chorlton Co-housing
Steve is a retired housing professional and Board Member of the Chorlton Community Land Trust. He is also a director of Chorlton Cohousing, a group seeking to develop cohousing for older people.
Head of Housing Strategy - Greater Manchester Combined Authority
An experienced strategic lead officer and Senior Director, Steve provides the liaison with Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
CEO Irwell Valley Homes
Sasha is the Chief Executive of Irwell Valley Homes, a housing association operating across Greater Manchester. She brings over 25 years’ experience as a senior housing professional working with community led housing organisations.
Engagement Officer - Our Sale West
Sam is an accomplished community mentor with a extensive background working together with diverse communities. He has over 15 years’ experience working in housing associations, guiding communities through major projects and championing the value of their work. Sam specialises in both developing new community enterprises and helping established community anchor groups to reach their potential.…
GMCLH Project Officer
Rachel Summerscales is our Project Officer and has worked in the GM community sector for many years. Rachel is the first point of contact for any individuals or groups interested in finding out how to get involved in Community Led Housing and will know how the Hub can help move you plans along. Rachel is part way through building her own family home (just about at roof level after 5 years!) as part of the Laureates Place CLH scheme, so she has hands on experience of the ups and down of community led housing. You can watch the progress on her house here facebook.com/GreebaArriba/
Contact her on 07570 002033 or email@example.com any time – Rachel works for the Hub 21 hours flexibly across the week.
Neighbourhood Projects Manager - Irwell Valley Homes
Maria has worked in the social housing sector for over 18 years and brings a wealth of experience in lettings, leasehold management, residents engagement, neighbourhood regeneration, property acquisition, conveyancing and community project management. Skilled in working with residents and community groups, Maria has supported a variety of Tenant and Residents Associations, has led on large scale social and community regeneration projects…
Lee is a member of Homes For Change housing co-op in Manchester. He was a founder of HFC Management Committee and has been a key member for 15 years, involved in all aspects of Co-op management including finance, maintenance, business planning and dispute resolution. Lee became an accredited advisor for Community-led Housing in March 2020.
Director of Finance - North West Housing Services
A qualified accountant, Kevin understands the service offer requirements from a Secondary Housing Co-operative perspective. He offers strategic advice and insight into the development of the hub.
Chair of Sensible Housing Co-operative
Julie has lived in co-operative housing for over 25 years and played an active role in the Management Committee. She has worked in social housing for over 20 years and was part of ‘Housing Futures’ a Community Led Homes research project.
CLH Housing Advisor
Josh is an accredited CLH housing advisor who has extensive experience within the co-operative sector, including living in housing co-ops, supporting existing co-ops, and establishing new co-operative housing projects. Alongside his work at Leeds Community Homes Josh is also a community share practitioner and training to become a Barefoot Co-operative Development practitioner.
GMCLHH Fully Accredited Advisor
Jeff Scales has supported multiple community organisations on their CLH projects including supporting business and financial planning, capital fundraising (loan, grant & community shares), and supporting organisations to become Registered Providers and accessing Homes England funding. Jeff Scales is the Head of Services for Locality in the North and has worked in both the public…
Director of Development - GMCVO
Initial career in local authority housing management and redevelopment. Qualified Landscape Architect. Chief Officer of Greater Manchester community design practice CTAC (project development, Architecture and Landscape Design) for 11 years. Currently Director of Development for GMCVO.
Social Economy Lead, Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation
Gary works with Voluntary Community and Social Enterprises to increase their social impact and access funding. Gary offers strategic advice on building the resilience and effective of the hub.
Claude Hendrickson was the project manager on the Frontline community self build scheme in Leeds (1996) which saw 12 unemployed Afro Carribean men and their families build new homes for themselves. He has remained a passionate advocate for BAME groups in terms of housing, self build and training/employment. Claude will bring knowledge and experience of…
Regeneration and Place Manager
Chris is a well-respected senior leader with specific expertise in regeneration & place-making and business development. He has worked at a senior executive level in the public, private and voluntary sectors. A chartered town planner he knows and understands the development process and can apply that to unlocking transformational change to people and places. He…
GMCLH Fully Accredited Advisor
Andy is an experienced advisor who works across the North of England on Community Land Trust projects. He provides support to community groups to develop their plans choose the most appropriate way to deliver their new homes. He’s also worked with eight Local Authorities on the introduction of the Community Housing Fund.
Head of Growth & Development - Irwell Valley Homes
An experienced Development Director with experience both in the public and private sector, Andrea offers detailed expertise in the public sector development process and the relationship with Homes England.
Investment Officer - GMCVO
20 years’ experience of supporting voluntary, community and social enterprises to manage, develop and sustain community facilities, project managed feasibility studies for capital projects and installation of renewable energy. Currently an Investment Officer for GMCVO and a local delivery partner in Greater Manchester for the Resonance Community Developers Fund.
GMCLH Housing Services Officer
Abbey joined the Hub team in Oct 2021. She has worked in the housing sector for 5 years developing a vast knowledge around homelessness and the availability of housing in Greater Manchester, working closely with private and social landlords, tenants and homelessness support agencies. Her experience of tenancy management gives her good knowledge of the issues both tenants and landlords face day to day and the different ways to try and overcome the lack of housing available. Abbey is responsible for the Hub’s Service Management contracts which we offer to any housing co-op in Greater Manchester. Contact Abbey on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07552 249194 for more details of services offered.