The people behind the hub

The hub

The hub team are responsible for the day to day running of the hub. They are your first port of call for any questions you may have about community led housing. The team can give advice, organise events and workshops, provide resources and much more.


Angela Walmsley

Role: Community Led Housing Hub Manager

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Tel: 07566 785074

Bio: Angela has many years of cross sector experience working for housing associations, charities, private sector organisations and as the director of her own business.

She is skilled in housing management, business development, as well as stakeholder and community engagement. She is a PRINCE2 practitioner and has completed the Community Led Housing Accredited Advisor course.

“I am passionate about empowering individuals to develop and share their skills and assets so that, collectively, we can create sustainable, thriving communities. My professional interests and experience lie in housing and community engagement. Co-managing the hub allows me to enable communities to fulfil their potential whilst fulfilling my ambition to increase accessibility to secure, save and affordable homes to those living in the region.”

Sarah Hart

Role: Community Led Housing Hub Manager

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Tel: 07909 340653

Bio: Sarah has a wide range of housing and development experience from across both private and not-for profit organisations around the world; from business development, social investment and consultancy, over the last 20 years.
She was first involved in community led housing in Florida when she volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and Sarasota Community Trust.

Since returning back to the UK she wanted to find solutions to the UK housing crisis and the impact that had on people and the economy. Sarah is the Co-Founder and Current Chairperson of Harrogate CLT. She is passionate about the power communities can have to create a more equitable land and housing system.

She strongly believes that community led housing has huge potential to help communities create places that work for them.

Peter Hirschfeld

Role: Community Led Housing Advisor


Tel: 07539 477046

Bio: Peter has worked for Humber & Wolds Rural Action for 17 years, as a Community Development Coordinator and worked on a range of community led projects in rural communities across East Yorkshire, and North and North East Lincolnshire.

Peter is also the Rural Energy Advisor for the organisation across the above named areas, having worked most recently on a direct delivery project to relieve fuel poverty and improve the health and wellbeing of all referrals.

Previous to working for Humber & Wolds Rural Action, he ran his own business and worked as a freelance management trainer.

The hub steering group

Our steering group meets once a month to discuss and further the strategic direction of the hub. It consists of community members and professionals who have experience of providing housing and community within our region, and who want to see more community led housing within North Yorkshire and East Riding. Find out more about each member and their experiences below.


Martin Booth

Role: Chair of the steering group and secretary of Hudswell Community Charity which owns and manages six units of social housing.


Bio: Martin has worked for local authority housing departments (Middlesbrough), housing associations, (Banks of the Wear and Tees Valley Housing Group) and, as Assistant Director of Hartlepool New Deal for Communities, was involved in the development of a housing programme to purchase and demolish or modernise older housing and provide new homes. The latter was a community led project with local residents working alongside housing professionals to determine the policy and manage the process of housing renewal in central Hartlepool.

In a voluntary capacity, he is the secretary of Hudswell Community Charity, a post he has held of the past eight years. The Charity owns six homes in Hudswell that are let to people with average or below average incomes, who also have a strong local connection. Three of these are new properties that were built in 2017. In 2019, he joined the Rural Commission, established by North Yorkshire County Council to advise them and other relevant authorities on rural policy. Housing provision has been a central theme of our work and community led housing features in our recommendations.

Amanda Madden

Role: local authority representative for Hambleton

Rural Housing Enabler for Hambleton and Richmondshire and Accredited Community Led Housing Advisor

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Bio: An experienced Rural Housing Enabler, Amanda has supported the delivery of several community led housing projects in both Hudswell and Askrigg. She is also working on the delivery of a community led project in Exelby and working with Broadacres and the Matthew Robinson Trust to refurbish two Grade 2 almshouses, the school room and Old School Master’s House. This has included applying for funding and liaising with local author planning and policy departments through to the allocation of the properties.

Rima Berry

Role: voluntary and community sector representative.

Programmes Co-ordinator working for Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT)


Bio: Rima develops strategic opportunities, partnerships and models for potential rural and community development work, including community led housing. She manages projects within the YDMT charity arm and delivers commercial consultancy within the YDMT trading arm.

Rima has a keen interest in environmental and sustainability strategy, and equality in housing is a specific personal passion.

She has been an Accredited Community Led Housing Advisor since February 2020 and took the lead on a 12 month pilot project for one-to-one support for community led housing in Craven district. She received the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship award in 2019 to research the rural landscape scale of community land trust models in the US.

James Neward

Role: Co-founder, Project Manager and Design Lead for YorSpace and an accredited Community Led Housing Enabler


Bio: James has been personally affected by high house prices so, in 2014, he co-founded YorSpace to diversify the local housing market; creating opportunities for himself and others to take control of their housing situation in York.

James has worked closely with the National CLT Network as an advocate for affordable community led housing as part of the national campaign to renew the Community Housing Fund. He speaks regularly at national events as Director of YorSpace on housing affordability; promoting co-operatives and community land trusts.

To support his work for YorSpace, James became an accredited Community Led Housing enabler. Working in partnership with both Community Led Homes North Yorkshire & East Riding and West Midlands Urban Community Homes, he has helped several developing co-operative and community land trusts.

James is passionate about affordable and sustainable housing; he has found that community custom and self build developments tend to contain the most innovative housing solutions. They trial techniques that combat both affordability issues caused by the housing crisis and the global challenge of climate change.

Alison Fisher

Role: Member of the North York Moors National Park House sitting on the planning and policy committees.


Bio: Alison was appointed to the North York Moors National Park by the Secretary of State for Defra and held this role for almost 10 years. The park foster the social and economic wellbeing of the local communities within the National Park wherein housing is a fundamental issue. Their Local Plan and our Management Plan both secure policies for best housing provision and Alison sits on both their Policy and Planning Committees. Their Local Plan was formally approved in 2020 and Management Plan will be out to consultation later this autumn. In both documents, the provision of well designed, affordable and sustainable new build housing are fundamental planks for the wellbeing of the National Park.

Prior to joining the national park, Alison had spent her working life in the Urban Planning and Heritage sectors latterly with English Heritage where she specialised in historic fabric repair, urban renewal and conservation area enhancement. Alison is especially interested in design and feels strongly that a contemporary approach to housing provision should be adopted.

Susan Oliver

Role: Chief Executive of Humber and Wolds Rural Action (HWRA)


Bio: Susan joined the HWRA team in 2009 as Delivery and Development Manager with responsibility for East Riding Local Involvement Network (the predecessor to Healthwatch). She has been the Chief Executive since April 2018.

Susan has a background in social care, previously working for Humberside County Council, Hull City Council and University of Lincoln and this remains one of her passions. Whilst running her own retail business she was Chair of Beverley and District Chamber of Trade and Vice Chair of Beverley Renaissance Partnership.

Her interest in community led housing stems from individual and community need, recognising the relationship and inter-reliance between the two. Facilitating people to identify and lead on both identifying the issue and implementing the solution is both effective and rewarding.

Iain Campbell

Role: Secretary for Tickton Community Homes and a board member for Arches Housing in Sheffield


Bio: Iain became a member of a Housing Co-operative in Liverpool in 1974, moving on to work for Neighbourhood Housing Services, a Secondary Housing Co-operative from 1977 to 1986 in a variety of roles including Housing Management, Development, and Co-operative Development and support.

From 1986 to 2000 Iain was Secretary and General Manager at St Andrew Housing Co-operative in Beverley, overseeing the completion of their new build and sheltered properties and integrating new members into the Co-operative.

From 1992 to date he has been a Board Member at Arches Housing in Sheffield, a small to medium sized Registered Provider, serving as Chair for 6 years and Chair of HR and Governance for a similar period. Iain chaired the organization during a period of considerable change, when the Association became a BME organization reflecting the profile of its tenants.

From 2000 to 2002 Iain was a self-employed consultant advising on Stock Condition Surveys and general Housing Management and from 1992 to 2000 he was a voluntary Board Member of Harbour Farm Housing, a tenant initiative arising out of the North Hull Housing Action Trust. From 2008 to 2011 he was employed by Hull City Council as a Housing Governance Officer working to increase the voice of tenants through Area Housing Boards. Iain also undertook general Community Development duties.

Finally, for the last 12 months, Iain has been involved in the promotion of a Community Led Housing initiative within his own parish.

Richard Good

Role: Councillor for Richmond District Council

Bio: Richard was elected to represent the Lower Swaledale & Arkengarthdale in May 2019 where he serves on the audit and planning review board.

For a few years, he chaired the Upper Swaledale Business Association, during the foot and mouth crisis and the closure of the Reeth Branch of Barclays Bank. He was a founding Director of Hudson House Ltd the Community Enterprise Centre in Reeth and chaired its board for nine years. He recently returned to the board after a break of a few years.

Outside this, he is an active member of Two Dales Action for Refugees, supporting refugee families in Richmondshire and asylum seekers in Teesside. He has worked with the national parks area Ranger to organise some walks in Swaledale for this group.

Jane Colthup

Role: Chief Executive of Community First Yorkshire


Bio: During Jane’s time as a management consultant, she spent time working with a number of local authorities and housing associations in the housing arena. The majority of this work was focused around contract management, repairs services, tenant forums and the associated IT software packages used to support a LA run housing service, arm’s length management organisation or housing association.

Closely allied to this, Jane’s management consultancy experience also involved working in the revenues and benefits areas of local authorities, much of which revolves around housing benefits.

Joy Whinnerah

Role: Development and Investment Director at Broadacres Housing Association

Bio: Joy has worked within the Property and Development sector for over 20 years, working in the private sector, Local Authority and at a number of Registered Providers.

Joy has led on a wide range of projects including Rural Exception sites, large scale Regeneration schemes, procuring and delivering Joint Ventures,  developing specialist and supported accommodation and most recently evaluating and demonstrating a number of Modern Methods of Construction build types on site.

Joy is passionate about balancing commerciality with quality, design and the core purpose of providing affordable, great homes in great places. Joy’s role includes overseeing the delivery of the Growth Strategy along with Affordable Warmth and strategic Asset Management.