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East Bergholt Community Land Trust

Trustees of East Bergholt Community Land Trust working to deliver homes

Chris McEwen

Chris is a chartered civil engineer and has spent his working life in construction in the UK and Africa. Until last year he was the MD of a regional contractor that he set up in 2004 and has worked with many housing providers including most of the local Housing Associations. He was previously deputy chair of the Construction Confederation and on a Government “Quango” on Health and Safety.

Although Chris became “partially retired” in 2016, he remains a non-executive director at Gipping Construction, is advising a company that designs and manufactures LED lights, and is a Trustee on a charity for the Homeless in Ipswich, iHAG.

Chris Tuppen

Chris is a physical scientist by training and spent his early career in R&D at BT, Martlesham. In 1990 he moved to BT’s HQ in London and worked on corporate responsibility matters, ending his time there as BT’s Chief Sustainability Officer. He has sat on, and at times chaired, a number of international business led NGO Boards. On leaving BT he established a sustainability consultancy specialising in smart cities, climate change and the circular economy. He is the Visiting Professor of Smart Technology at the University of Suffolk.

Chris has lived in East Bergholt for 31 years with his wife and family. For many years he chaired the East Bergholt Sports Council and is currently a member of East Bergholt Futures. He wrote the sustainability section of the Neighbourhood Plan.

Gordon Cochrane

Gordon trained as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst Young and is CEO of a national care home group which has its head office in Colchester. He has a particular interest in low cost housing for key workers and supported living accommodation.

Gordon and his wife Elizabeth have lived in East Bergholt for almost 30 years and have brought up both their children in the village. Gordon is heavily involved with the East Anglian Sailing Trust.

Joan Miller

Joan is an economist by training and a change manager by inclination. She has led major business transformation projects in Essex and Suffolk county councils and at Lambeth council and spent 9 years as a member of the management board at both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Establishing the first jointly owned department and she introduced initiatives to make the work that Parliament does more accessible.

Joan has lived in East Bergholt for 46 years and, in the 1980/90s, led the parish council projects to ensure that new developments included the kind houses that the village then needed. Since retiring 3 years ago, Joan has been actively involved in writing the housing chapter of East Bergholt's Neighbourhood Plan.

Julie Price

Julie is a full-time parent to school age children. Her career was in Local Government, working at senior level for unitary and district councils across many roles including strategy development, community partnership and change management. She has led multi-disciplinary partnership projects within local authorities and across the wider public sector, including police and health.

A village resident for over 30yrs and breeder of rare breed sheep, Julie has a long involvement in voluntary and community groups including past Chairman of the East Bergholt Society and a volunteer with Victim Support. She is currently part of the East Bergholt Futures sustainability group, organises the primary school gardening club, sits on the Rare Breed Survival Trust committee for East Anglia and is Chairman of Brantham Scout & Guide Group where plans are underway for a new building.

Julie has a Human Geography degree and a Masters degree in HR strategy.

Nigel Roberts

Nigel holds an Economics degree from Essex University and a post graduate Diploma in Town Planning from Kingston University. He is a chartered town planner and Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts

Nigel worked as a town planner for Norfolk and Mid Glamorgan County Councils, then undertook research at the University of East Anglia, before applying his analytical skills at JLL where he was Head of European Research for the real estate advisory firm for 15 years before becoming Chair of the Research teams across Europe. Before retiring in 2017 he went on to spend six years as Head of Real Estate Strategy at Hermes Investment Management. He contributed widely to East Bergholt's Neighbourhood Plan

Peter Dent

Peter graduated in Mechanical Engineering at Birmingham, followed by a Masters in Business Studies at Harvard. He later achieved NVQ level 5 in Business Counselling.

After university Peter worked for five years at Rover Car Company in development & research and 16 years with ICI Plastics in development & marketing. He then spent 16 years with a Californian company as CEO of their International business located in the UK. Over the past 14 years Peter has continued as a business adviser in both Suffolk & Essex, most recently with Business Link, Suffolk and was an active member of the East Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan Team.

Rolf Althen

Rolf is a lawyer with more than 20 years experience, working in industry and advising on corporate, commercial, governance and compliance matters. He brings his expertise to the set-up and management of East Bergholt Community Land Trust.

He moved to East Bergholt in 2010 with his family. Joining the East Bergholt Community Housing initiative gives him the opportunity to bring his experience to this important long-term community project.

Jeremy Bezant

Jeremy has lived in East Bergholt since 2006 with his wife and three children He started his career in scientific research in Norwich before moving into financial services and becoming a junior partner in a stock broking firm in Australia. He set up a number of innovative businesses and now manages a consultancy firm working with investment managers in London.

Jeremy is keen to apply his entrepreneurial and management experience to work with the local community to develop housing solutions the village needs.

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