Jess Steele is the founder director of the Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust, which is working to take the sting out of gentrification in the White Rock area and to support bottom up, DIY Regen and community self-build in Ore Valley. She spent six years working for Locality, previously the Development Trusts Association (DTA). In 2007 she set up the DTA’s consultancy service, the Pool, drawing on the grassroots expertise of practitioners throughout the development trust movement. From 2013 to 2015 she helped to develop COLtd as the legacy body for the Community Organisers programme. In 2009 she completed a five-month secondment to Communities & Local Government where I took the policy lead for assets and specifically developed new policy on ‘meanwhile uses’ of empty town centre premises. She then led the DTA’s Meanwhile Project to bring empty shops into new community uses. She is a non-executive director of Meanwhile Space CIC, a founder member of the Meanwhile Ning and she led on the development of the Meanwhile Foundation, a new national charity to make meanwhile use easier. Before joining the DTA in 2007, she was deputy chief executive of the British Urban Regeneration Association for three years, responsible for developing and overseeing events and projects, training, awards and sharing best practice, as well as strategic leadership, staff development and building membership within the voluntary, community and academic sectors.
Events featuring this speaker
How do we build affordable housing that has citizens at the centre throughout the process? This session provides an introduction to We Can Make, a live R&D programme that explores ways in which citizens can have a greater role in making new homes.