Who we are

Alison Ward

Partner

Alison advises Community Land Trusts and other community groups and social enterprises on how to set up and successfully run their organisations.  Alison also provides support to the National CLT Network and Community-Led Homes’ Enabling Hub initiative under the Community Housing Fund.

Alison Ward has been a community led housing adviser for the Wessex Community Land Trust (CLT) Project since 2010. Alison was a trustee of the National Community Land Trust Network between 2014 and 2019 and has also worked for the social finance intermediary Resonance to carry out research into the funding needs of community led housing groups and to develop new finance products for community led housing projects. Alison holds an Institute of Leadership and Management Level 5 qualification in Social Enterprise Support, and Open University Certificate in Management for not for profit organisations and an honours degree in English Literature. In 2003 Alison worked as a VSO volunteer for an NGO in Pakistan, an experience which shaped her views on providing support to community  leaders at the most local level.

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Steve Watson

Partner

Steve worked in the housing association sector between 1987 and 2007 when he led the development of projects across the East Midlands before joining Executive Management teams as Development Director at East Northamptonshire Housing (now Spire Homes) and Gloucestershire Housing Association (now part of the Guinness Partnership), and then Managing Director and Group Chief Executive at Somer Housing Group (now Curo).

His work for housing associations included leadership of the first Care and Repair Home Improvement Agency in Lincolnshire, support for a formative community housing project in Crich Derbyshire (in 1997), a sabbatical to Nicaragua to study micro-lending for housing, a stock transfer in Northamptonshire, a dispersed Foyer facility for homeless people in Derbyshire, and the leadership of a strategic partnership to receive affordable housing through urban extensions in Gloucestershire.

Steve has been leading the CLT work under contract with Wessex Community Assets since 2010 and his background in housing enables him to give in-depth technical advice for communities, local authorities and housing associations that work with them. Steve holds a Masters in Business Administration and is a Community-Led Homes Accredited Adviser.

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Jay Lambe

Associate

Jay qualified as a chartered surveyor and registered valuer and has worked at senior management level within both the private and public sector. She has an extensive and diverse range of experience across these sectors to include residential, regeneration, mixed use development, infrastructure delivery and commercial enterprise. Jay has worked for the Homes and Communities Agency (now Homes England), national developers, Local Authorities, and Registered Providers/Housing Associations.

Since 2017 Jay has focused on working with and supporting groups/CLT’s from project inception through to delivery via Service Level Agreements between Wessex Community Assets and various local authorities in Devon, Dorset and Somerset. Her background in housing and development enables her to provide practical and technical support and advice.

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Dr Helen Lawson

Associate

Helen has over twenty years’ experience of conducting research and evaluations, both in this country and overseas, for a variety of organisations including universities, charities, NGOs and community groups. She has expertise in using NVivo to manage and support qualitative data collection and analysis, and SPSS to manage and support quantitative data collection and analysis.

In addition to a PhD she has a Masters in Research Methods (Education and Society) and has authored a number of book chapters, articles as well as progress and final evaluation reports to funders. Helen has organised and presented at a number of workshops, seminars, symposia and conferences; she has also spent a number of years living and working in Latin America and is a fluent Spanish speaker.   

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