Keith Cowling, Chair
Keith Cowling is a registered architect with 25 years experience as a community architect and social entrepreneur. His Eyehouse Consultancy specialises in the engagement of non-professionals with the built environment and the involvement of communities in the design and management of their neighbourhoods.
Keith has a particular interest in community-lead capital projects and the management of community assets and has a broad experience of urban and rural regeneration policies and community-based interventions in local economies.
As well as chairing Bristol Community Land Trust, Keith is also Director of The Community Buildings Federation and Convenor of Bristol Urban Agriculture Group.
Steve Bendle, Secretary
Steve was previously managing director of a large London-based housing association and thereafter director of a charity seeking to promote environmental sustainability through practical advice and projects. He has been working on promoting Community Land Trusts first as an Enterprise Fellow at University of Salford and now as Chair of CLFCIC.
Producer/presenter of BCfm’s Friday politics show 5-7pm on 93.2 FM www.thisweek.org.uk
Former BBC radio journalist and founder member of Oxford’s ‘The Land Is Ours’ social justice campaign in the 1990s. Tony is a big fan of Gerrard Winstanley and the Diggers of the English Civil War. He sees historical theft of land by the merchant classes as inextricably linked to the misery of industrialisation as well as 21st Century poverty.
Tony sees high quality social housing as the solution to the depression created by The City and maintains a regular UK land rights email list called Diggers350 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Diggers350/
Jackson Moulding is a Director of Ashley Vale Action Group, which delivered the self build project in Bristol. He is also the Vice Chair of the National Self Build Association and Director of Ecomotive.
Shankari Raj is an architect who is based in Bristol. She works at CODA Architects, in Clifton on a range of projects from a new state of the art 80 million pound hospital for Bristol City Centre through to temporary use developments made from shipping containers for the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. Her interests in architecture relate to site specific design. She has always been interested in developing environments which transform people’s experience of space. This has led her to develop regeneration strategies through to one off homes specific to a client’s personality and needs. Shankari was responsible for the creation and management of a community involvement document for Easton in Bristol. She has a particular interest in designing architecture which meets the needs of the community within the setting of the built environment.
She believes that pushing innovation in design is at the heart of good buildings and a sustainable future.
She has her own house in Easton and believes that other should be able to have their own place to live and make home. She on the board of Bristol Community Land Trust because she believes that there are better models to help get people on the housing ladder.
Bristol-bred, long-standing city and community activist.
Oona Goldsworthy is Chief Executive of Bristol Community Housing Foundation. BCHF is a community-based housing association with homes across Bristol. Prior to taking up her current job, Oona worked in housing and regeneration in London and the south west.
Throughout her career Oona has worked on community based housing projects including co-ops and self build schemes. Oona is currently Chair of Bristol’s strategic housing partnership, Homes 4 Bristol, on the Regional Committee of the National Housing Federation.
In 2007 with Land for the People I was a co-founder of Bishops Castle Community Land Trust (BCCLT) and a director for the first year. In this time we started the CLT, identified local community and members needs and started to build two ‘eco’ affordable homes for rent. These have been completed and tenants have been in residence for about a year. I still have strong ties and involvement with BCCLT. My background is agroforestry and woodwork including building wood cabins and offices. For over 20 years I have been involved with forest gardening and permaculture and I work with the Permaculture Association. Since the late 80s I have been involved with sustainable community development and eco villages.
Valerie Watkis attends board meethings as an observer on behalf of Bristol City Council.