Additional support for BNCLT

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Date: May 24, 2021


Following the May 2021 election when just four Trustees stood for the seven places on the board, it would be fair to say that BNCLT’s human resources are limited in relation to the tasks of handling the administration, Member communications, working with officials and advisers, as well as planning and implementing a long term strategy.

Our advisers, Middlemarch, tell us that affordable homes projects typically take six years from idea to occupation – and that is in the context of generally larger CLT boards and support groups.

To address this issue, we are investigating how we can offer Members flexible ways of becoming involved without having to make a major commitment of time. The most likely route would be through a Board Support Group. At the same time, some individual community members might be interested in attending a few meetings as an ‘acting’ Trustee. This provides the opportunity to ‘try before you buy’ with no obligation to continue unless you choose to.

If you would like to have a chat about either of these options, please email BNCLT Secretary Sara Clarke at sara.clarke.bnclt@outlook.com, use the “Contact” page on our website, or call BNCLT Chair Steve Chipperfield on 01404 841792.

Steve Chipperfield

Chair of Broadhembury Neighbourhood Community Land Trust

For much of my career I was a co-entrepreneur and writer in the media, marketing and publishing sector. As a keen sailor I constantly had to juggle my time between my business and personal interests. I eventually solved that by starting a consultancy focused on sailing superyachts. In parallel to the above, I was a Director of Friends of the Earth for some years, Trustee of the UK Sailing Academy for 25 years and co-founder of The Whirlwind Charitable Trust. These last two aim to enhance the life opportunities of disadvantaged young people through sailing and outdoor pursuits.
Reasons for Standing
I have lived in Broadhembury for almost seven years but have regarded the place as special since my first pint in the Drewe almost 50 years ago. I therefore want to see Broadhembury evolve sustainably and with full respect for its community and the conservation of its surrounding landscape and built heritage. Those are the reasons I decided to join the initial steering group set up by BPC and to become a Trustee when BNCLT was legally established. The same reasons stand behind my application to continue as a Trustee.