Michael Clinton


Michael is Managing Director of Initative Homes and a Research Director within the Schumacher Institute. He brings considerable experience of systems thinking practice both in terms of physical and social systems. More.

Steve Maslin


As Design Director Steve, a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, believes that enabling and positive user experiences of built environments, informed by stakeholder engagement, leads to greater wellbeing and therefore increased social, economic and environmental sustainability. More.

Ian roderick


Ian is also the Director of the Schumacher Institute and is a past president of the UK Systems Society. His early career was in Operational Research, MSc (1975) and he co-founded a successful software company in 1982. More.

Design and Community Participation

Louise Ciotti


Louise is an experienced freelance Architect, with considerable experience covering many aspects of sustainable building in a variety of sectors – including residential development and education buildings. Projects focus on user-centred design processes to help teams or individuals achieve sustainable outcomes. She brings expertise in building ‘healthy’ places, the use of natural and sympathetic materials, and context-sensitive responses to every project.  More.

Charles Delany


Charles is an Architect in private practice with experience in the sectors of healthcare, industrial and housing with experience of working for individuals, developers and housing associations.
He works both on ‘own account’ projects and on larger more complex collaborative projects providing predominantly technical services around detailed construction design. More.

Tom Henfrey


Tom currently works at the interface between research and grassroots sustainability action, particularly in permaculture, Transition, and community energy. He is a worker-director at Northern Community Power, a Community Interest Company that works at the interface of renewable energy and community development. More.

Jake Elster-Jones


Jake has 20 years experience as a researcher and consultant in the sustainability field. He has carried out work for a wide range of clients including Welsh Government, Defra, Ministry of Justice, Department of Health, Sustain and UCL Energy Institute. He spent six years at the London School of Economics carrying out action research with community groups, giving him extensive experience of practical local project support. More.

Paul Fletcher


Paul, a designer and former project architect, has over 25 years experience of delivering practical transformative benefit. He works with people to empower them to enjoy wellbeing in the built environment and enable organisations to take control of their buildings through bespoke futures, strategy and ideation services… More.


Sally Britton


Sally set up and managing two supported housing associations and is a former Board Member of Knightstone Housing Association, Solon South West HA and Bristol Foyer (during its development phase). She was formerly a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing. More.

Paull Robathan


Paull’s technical expertise is in Technology, Strategy, Design and Intelligent Buildings. He was the first Chairman of the European Intelligent Building Group, and is a management committee member of the Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers, Intelligent Buildings Group. He is currently a Doctoral Researcher in Housing and Health at University of the West of England, having previously gained an MBA from London Business School is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Chartered IT Professional. More.

Fiona Astin


Fiona has over 20 years experience working in the Housing Association sector on the residential development side of the business.

As well as large scale regeneration and Section 106 projects, she has had a lot of involvement in community-led housing including co-housing and community land trust schemes.

Several schemes Fiona has worked on have received awards. More.

Community Energy

Richard Hellen


Richard is an experienced energy sector analyst with over 25 years experience in both large scale central and small scale distributed power generation. He is a low carbon energy options and feasibility assessor covering both energy efficiency investment options and renewable energy technologies. More.