Community Housing Development Manager
Debbie Wildridge, MBA is the longest serving member of the team at EC Community Housing and provides support and guidance to community-led housing groups and Local Authorities across the East of England. Debbie is currently seconded one day per week in Great Yarmouth Borough Council and one day per week in Tendring District Council, as well as supporting a number of other Local Authorities, where she assists in stimulating new community-led housing groups to come forward and works within the Councils to ensure their policies and processes enable these groups to develop successful affordable housing schemes. Her work also includes building strategic relationships with funders and other key stakeholders to create further opportunities for the community-led housing sector. Debbie is an accredited Technical Adviser with the National CLT Network and a regular speaker on CLTs at regional and national events.
Community Housing Programme Manager
Emily Mulvaney, BA Hons has been with EC Community Housing since August 2016 and now heads up the day to day running of the organisation, as well as supporting groups across the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough region. This work includes advising on legal formats and documentation, community engagement, site searches, planning policy and process, building partnerships, allocations, and securing funding, as well as supporting Local Authorities in developing community-led housing strategy. Emily has contracts to bring forward new groups in South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge City and works with a range of community-led housing groups, including CLTs, Cohousing groups, self/ custom- build, and Charities. Emily is an accredited Technical Adviser with the National CLT Network and has completed a Level 4 Diploma in Housing with the Chartered Institute for Housing.
Community Housing Manager
Lisa Leonard joined EC Community Housing in October 2018 as the organisation expanded to offer tenancy and property management services to community-led housing groups. Lisa has a strong background in property and tenancy management and now heads up this function. ECCH currently has contracts with 2 Community Land Trusts to manage their completed affordable homes, and expects this to grow in 2019 as more CLT projects come to fruition. The management service ECCH offers spans from collecting initial expressions of interest, applying CLT Allocations Policies, managing completions, handovers, and the defects process, collecting rents and service charges, ensuring fire safety compliance, and everything else associated with ongoing tenancy management.
Community Housing Programme Administator
Amber Gordon joined the team in January 2019 to support the various functions that EC Community Housing now performs. One of Amber’s key tasks is to operate a structured grant bidding process, to provide reliable funding streams for both ECCH and the individual community-led housing groups with which we work. Other key tasks include: managing the website, social media, and literature to improve communication and awareness within local communities and maintain the organisation’s reputation as the ‘experts for the East’, assisting with public engagement events and exhibitions, and administrative support including contact management and GDPR compliance.