The team

Debbie Wildridge MBA

Debbie is Head of CLT. She has spent 5 years providing specialist support and providing in-depth technical advice to communities, local authorities and housing associations. She is a regular presenter on CLTs at regional and national events.

Her work has included setting up 14 CLTs in the East of England, guiding parishes and communities in the CLT pre-set up stage, advising on legal structures and set-up procedures, assisting in calls for land, researching sites, community engagement, land negotiations, pre-planning, planning applications and s106 negotiations, developer/housing association selection, contract negotiation and allocations policies.

Debbie is a Governor at West Suffolk College in Bury St. Edmunds and is Vice Chair on the finance committee and a member of the appointments and governance committee.


Emily Mulvaney BA Hons

Emily is Programme Manager at CLT East and also a Technical Adviser for the National CLT Network. She completed a degree in Law and Economics in 2014, where she had a particular interest in Land Law, and is currently studying for her CIH Level 4 Diploma in Housing. Emily’s work includes advising on legal formats and documentation, community engagement, planning policy and process, supporting Local Authorities in developing community-led housing strategies, and finding funding opportunities for emerging and existing housing groups. Emily specialises in the CLT model but also offers technical support for other models of community-led development, such as Co-housing and self-build.

In her spare time, Emily volunteers at Jimmy’s Night Shelter in Cambridge, which offers emergency accommodation and support to people who would otherwise be forced to sleep rough. Emily also spent a year volunteering as a Student Adviser on the Housing Team in her University’s pro-bono law clinic, giving advice on housing matters to the local community.

Rachel Watts

Rachel Watts has a strong background in community-led development and the CLT model specifically after working as the clerk for Stretham & Wilburton CLT (SWCLT), a role that she continues to hold alongside her work at CLT East. Rachel has been central in organising the finance for SWCLT and taking up the landlord and housing management role for completed CLT properties. This experience and knowledge is invaluable in Rachel’s work at CLT East, which mainly involves engaging with and supporting community-led housing groups from formation and throughout the development process.

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