The Land Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of six new Trustees with one joining the Board immediately and five joining in December.

Jon Irvine, from Homes England, joined the board of Trustees in September. Jon has worked for Homes England (previously the Homes and Communities Agency) since 2004 and currently leads the Contingent Assets and Liabilities Team dealing with the resolution of historic land and property matters alongside legacy land disposals.

Joining him in December will be Louise Brooke-Smith OBE. Louise is currently Development and Strategic Planning Advisor for Civil Engineering company Arcadis and served as RICS Global President for two years from 2014-2016. She also ran her own planning and development consultancy from 1994 to 2017.

Sandra Kelly, Finance Director of Canal and River Trust, a position she has held since 2015, also joins. She has served as Finance Director or Chief Financial Officer for NHBC, Share PLC, Raft International PLC AND Cars Direct.com.

Nick McLeod- Clarke has been a fund manager for the majority of his 31-year career with 17 years as Managing Director of BlackRock coming to an end in March 2018. He is currently an Independent Member of the Investment Committee for the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Deborah Rees brings 30 years’ experience as a Senior Investment Banker. Deborah worked as a director for Barclays Investment Bank and Merrill Lynch and is currently a Trustee of The Leprosy Mission International and Chair of Poverty and Hope Appeal.

Dr Nick Taylor Buck is a Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield, on the ‘Realising Just Cities’ project, helping to coordinate the programme of work and the design, delivery and evaluation of co-production projects across two city-regions in the North of England. He has a PHD in the natural sciences and is also a qualified Chartered Surveyor.

Land Trust Chief Executive, Euan Hall, is delighted with the diversity of skills and experience that the new members will bring as the charity continues to expand its activities and deliver increased charitable outcomes.

He said:

“When the Land Trust became an independent charity in 2010 we determined that no member of our board of Trustees would serve a term longer than nine years. We did this to ensure that we remained fresh and open to new ideas as the charity continues to evolve.

“I am delighted with the calibre of candidates we were able to attract and their wealth of expertise will be invaluable over the next few years as we continue to have a positive impact on the communities and people who live and work around our sites.

“With 70 sites now in our management portfolio and a strong development pipeline, the Land Trust is in a great position as we look towards the future.”

Peter Smith, chair of the Land Trust added:

“With a number of current Trustees set to retire later this year and in 2020 it was vitally important that we did our succession planning in plenty of time to ensure a smooth transition.

“I’m very confident that the six new Trustees will continue the excellent work of their predecessors and ensures that the Land Trust continues its work helping create resilient, healthy communities across so many areas.”