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Our associates

We draw on the wide range of expertise of our associates to conduct our research and deliver our advisory services. If you are interested in working with CFS as an associate on short and long-term assignments, please visit the contact section.

Anthony Salt

Anthony comes from the banking sector, where he spent 15 years working as a retail banking manager for Lloyds TSB. He is currently using his financial expertise to establish and strengthen Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). Anthony works with CFS in the preparation of budgets and business plans for a wide range of projects. He is also Company Secretary for Wessex Reinvestment Trust and South Coast Money Line.

Bill Randall

Bill, founder editor of Inside Housing magazine, is a writer and commentator on the housing sector. Bill works with CFS on the projects looking at the role of housing associations and social housing landlords in promoting financial inclusion.

David Brettell

David has over 20 years experience of working with community groups, planning, training and financial management. He works with Development Trusts and community partnerships, establishing partnership structures, project development, and effective and efficient project delivery. David works with CFS on CLT National Demonstration Programme with pilot projects in Northumberland and Cumbria.

Professor James Powell

James is a leading academic in the fields of engineering research and education and science. His personal interests over the last 30 years have been concerned with improving the relationship between industry and academia for their mutual benefit. James acts as an advisor to CFS. He is also Pro Vice Chancellor for Enterprise and Regional Affairs at the University of Salford.

Martin Large

Martin is Chair of Gloucestershire Land for People, a CLT based in Gloucestershire seeking to capture land for permanently affordable homes, amenity, farms and workspace. Martin has worked with CFS setting up pilot Community Land Trusts and led an action research programme on Community Farm Land Trusts. He is now Chair of the advisory group for the CLT National Demonstration Programme.

Pat Conaty

Pat is director of a specialist social economy consultancy business, Common Futures Ltd. Previously Pat worked as Development Director of Birmingham Settlement, an inner city community regeneration organization, and Director of Money Advice Services for the same organisation. He works with CFS on a number of projects including a forthcoming Financial Inclusion Toolkit for social housing landlords, Face to face debt advice project and in the Community Land Trust field.

Stephen Hill

Stephen is a land economist and regeneration planner, with extensive experience in housing development and management. Stephen is a government adviser on development and community ownership and asset management issues and he works with CFS on the CLT National Demonstration Programme, specifically on the urban pilot CLTs.

Steve Bendle

Steve was previously managing director of a large London-based housing association and latterly director of a charity seeking to promote environmental sustainability through practical advice and projects. Steve works with CFS by providing hands-on support to communities in developing business plans; resolving planning, finance and other issues; and using this practical experience to develop legal models, affordable housing tenures and other “tools” which can be used by CLTs more generally.

Tom Moore

Tom is a Research Associate whose expertise centres on Community Land Trusts. He has a BA (Hons) in Sociology & Social Policy from the University of Liverpool and an MA (with Distinction) in Social Policy & Administration from the University of Nottingham. He is also currently undertaking a PhD regarding Community Land Trusts.  His work on CLT's involves provision of technical advice and support to potential and existing projects, collaborating on practical tools to assist CLT development, lobbying and campaigning on behalf of CLTs and researching the sector’s structural development.