We have board of directors and community members who dedicating their time and energy to work on different topics on the Roman Road CLT project. You are welcome to drop us an email to whatever category that interest you or suit your query best! If you don’t find who you are looking for just send us an email to our general enquiries.
Meet Our Team
Chair and Housing Needs
Chair Sarah Bland formed the Roman Road CLT in March 2018. She is a RIBA Chartered architect at Studio Wic and an advocate for affordable and community led housing.The RRCLT’s recent Housing Needs Assessment has highlighted the stark issues the area has to overcome to meet the housing needs in the community. We intend to use this strong evidence base to tackle inequality and achieve our goal to provide affordable community housing in perpetuity.
The search for sites and liaison with Neighbourhood Forum
Mike Mitchell came to Tower Hamlets in 1976 to work with families who were homeless, and has lived in Bow since 1985. He continued to work in the borough’s voluntary sector up until retirement in 2015. He joined the group working towards developing a neighbourhood plan for Bow in 2016, and has sought to support the Community Land Trust since its inception. He has sought to identify suitable sites for affordable housing in Bow.
Kai Xin Tan
Kai Xin Tan is a Part 2 Architectural assistant who currently practices at Fleet Architects in East London. She joined Roman Road CLT in 2019 while doing her Masters thesis research on the topic of social sustainability and community led housing in Bow. Since then, she has been part of the team promoting RRCLT to attract new members. Her role in RRCLT is to advertise Roman Road Community Land Trust via website news and newsletters updates, to ensure all members and the public staying on top of the latest development.
Claire Louise Stauton
Engaging with the local community
Claire Louise Staunton is a curator at MK Gallery, researcher at Royal College of Art and Bow resident. She joined the board of Roman Road CLT because she believes that community-led organising is the only way to address the housing crisis and she has experience bringing together publics, institutions and businesses. As part of the RRCLT’s community engagement, Claire Louise is reaching out to community and religious groups, mutual aid networks and schools to build relationships and membership. The RRCLT will be producing regular public events where community members can join in participatory workshops, or voice their housing needs and concerns which will directly inform the work the RRCLT is doing.
Martin Morris is a board member with a background in the financial sector and he has a keen interest in finding alternatives to the current market-based approach to the provision of housing. He joined the CLT to help assess the financial viability of potential sites and to make the case for the investment needed to build affordable housing.
Will Greenslade is a Chartered Accountant who works as a financial analyst in the property industry for British Land, a Real Estate Investment Trust, having previously qualified at PwC. His role in the CLT is to keep track of finances, report to the rest of the Board on the accounts, liaise with the external accountants and provide advice drawing on his experience of development finance. Having lived in East London for the past 5 years he has a great appreciation for the area and is delighted to be able to provide support to the CLT in its aim to provide community led housing and try to alleviate some of the pressures facing local residents.
Design and Sustainability
KpmentJamie is a Scottish Part II Architectural Assistant working for CZWG Architects in London. During his studies at the University of Edinburgh, he became interested in the agency that local communities can have in shaping their surrounding environment whilst working on academic projects for intergenerational housing on the island of Orkney, as well as researching the dramatic redevelopment plans put forward for the town of Thamesmead in South East London. His role in the CLT has been to help prepare promotional material to raise awareness of the CLT, providing graphic design skills, architectural experience in designing homes, community projects and having an active involvement in environmentally conscious design.
Secretary and Social Media
Anastasia is a 22-year-old Spatial Planning student at University College London. A qualified secondary school teacher, having worked in both secondary and primary school settings; she believes in the power of community engagement, education and place-making. She is proactive in her mission to add value to places and organisations and thus holds leadership positions in a number of London-based organisations. She is the Secretary at RRCLT and helps to facilitate the vision of delivering affordable housing in perpetuity. Passionate about affordable housing provision; she is currently helping to write a part of the business case with the other board members.