Meet our Team of Community Land Trust Directors:
Tom Morris, CLT Director and Chair
Tom founded the Affordable Housing Group, which formed into the Stoke Gabriel CLT. Responsible for overall project planning, networking at meetings, group facilitation, training and many other things, he brings a down-to earth, approachable style to leading the team! Tom gives his time free of charge.
Tom lives and works in Stoke Gabriel, runs a kayak rental business which attracts hundreds of visitors to the village each summer. He has also recently joined South Hams District Council on their Community Housing team so he can use his knowledge to help other villages in need throughout the county. So there is no conflict of interest he does not get involved in internal council meetings with regards to the SGCLT.
He grew up in the South Hams and he has been passionate about affordable housing all his life. He has lived with the reality of unaffordable housing for 30 years, knowing first hand what this is like. Tom is a bell-ringer in the village, kayaker, and keen veg gardener!
Career: Tom has run an International Training School in Agricultural Machinery, travelling to remote parts of the world before returning to the South West to set up his own business 15 years ago.
Roger Stobbart, CLT Director
Roger Stobbart has spent his career helping small to medium sized business improve their customer service, working processes and working facilities. His building experience includes design and build of a timber framed house in Scotland, restoration of a 5 bedroom Wiltshire farmhouse, several other small properties and more recently manging the build of the SGBA clubhouse at Mill Point.
Marie Howard, CLT Co-opted Director.
BA, MA, Dip Counselling, UKCP Psychotherapist, Counsellor BACP
Marie has been involved from the start; writing grant applications for funding, researching and writing reports, regularly attending meetings, co-ordinating group get-togethers, and creating the new website.
She has lived in the village for over 10 years and in the South Hams for 30yrs+. She runs her own business in the village, which supports local people’s mental health; as a Private Psychotherapist.
Career: Marie has worked for the NHS in Torbay as a Psychotherapist, been a Counsellor in the field of drugs and alcohol, developed support services for young carers across the south-west, worked in multiple schools, and been a member of the Stoke Gabriel Pre-school Committee.
Jeremy Burgess, CLT Co-opted Director
Business Development Consultant, BEng, CEng, FIMechE
Jeremy is a Business Development Consultant with a technical background and life-long experience in general management and engineering. He is offering his business experience without charge to the Stoke Gabriel Community Land Trust as he believes it is an extremely worthy cause run by some incredibly passionate people. Jeremy sees his role as providing impartial business advice to the team.
Career: Jeremy lives in Devon and currently works with companies across the UK. In addition to this he supports young people with the development of their careers; mentoring students at Plymouth University Futures Entrepreneur Centre and is also a Schools Enterprise Advisor to the Dawlish Community School.
Derek Richards, CLT Co-opted Director
B.Sc., M.I.C.E (ret), M.I.C.W.E.M (ret), J.P
For the past eight years Derek has sat as a Magistrate on the Plymouth and South Devon Bench. This has made him aware of the many factors that put local people under intolerable strain; including the stress associated with struggling to have a safe and secure place to live in.
For the past ten years he has been a Parish Councilor, in Cornwall and an active member of the steering group for the Rame Peninsula Neighbourhood Development Plan -one of the national frontrunners of the NDP process. This plan was approved by local referendum in 2016. This now provides policies for developers in line with the requirements of local residents and the environment. Derek is available to advise the CLT in the planning and development process particularly interfacing with the new government Localism policies
Career: Derek has retired from a long career in civil engineering and management.