About us

At Shared Assets we make land work for everyone.

We support the development of new models of managing land that are sustainable and productive, create livelihoods, enhance the environment, and involve local people in making decisions about the places they care about.

We provide advice, support and training, undertake research, and advocate for changes in the way we manage land.

Shared Assets is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, with the aim of developing and promoting new models of common good land use. Since we launched in 2012 we have rapidly developed a growing reputation as experts in this pioneering field.

Meet the team

Shared Assets is run by a small, dedicated, team with a unique mix of environmental, community development, research and built environment expertise.

Mark Walton

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Mark established Shared Assets in 2012.  He has over 20 years experience of working with communities on environmental issues and contributes his expertise across the full range of Shared Assets work, including our policy, research, advocacy, and advice and support services.

He has acted as an advisor to Defra, DCLG, and the Canal and River Trust, on issues such as working with civil society, asset transfer, and community engagement. Mark has a BSc in Biological Sciences from Birmingham University, a Diploma in Public Administration from Warwick Business School and is a 2012 Clore Social Fellow.

He lives on a narrowboat and is currently travelling the U.K.’s waterways.

Hannah Gardiner


Hannah is the Consultancy and Innovation Manager at Shared Assets. She has a strong background in project management, research, group facilitation and stakeholder engagement.

She has over 5 years experience in project design and delivery, ranging from urban agriculture to behaviour change. In her recent position at the London Sustainability Exchange she worked with community groups, academics and for local authority clients on topics including green infrastructure, air pollution and asset based community development.  

She has also supported the creation of several various social enterprises, including co-founding AirPublic (a clean tech start-up) in 2015.

Kate Swade

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Kate has been with Shared Assets since 2012, and is currently leading on a lot of our consultancy work with local authorities and social enterprises, alongside developing new projects.

She has over 10 years experience of community led regeneration and of working with groups of people to take more control of their environments, most recently working with ambitious community-led property projects at Coin Street community builders.

Kate is a trustee and chair of the estates committee at Toynbee Hall, and was a 2013 Clore Social Fellow, which helped her recognise the systemic nature of all of this work, and complete some research into systems thinking. She has a degree in Arabic and Politics, speaks good Spanish, and has a geeky appreciation for languages and how they work.

Ola Ayorinde

Ola is Shared Assets Projects Officer. He has a background in organic food growing both in the UK and Nigeria, and works across all areas of Shared Assets work.

Kim Graham

Kim is the Research Coordinator at Shared Assets. They are interested in working with communities to design, implement and evaluate research projects which support common good land use initiatives.

Kim has an MSc in Agroecology and Food Security and is a member of the Cambridge Community Growing Group, a newly established network for community gardeners around the city.

Julian Thompson

Julian is our Digital Coordinator, leading on the development of Land Explorer.

Non-executive Directors

  • Sylvia Brown

    Sylvia has been a community activist and parish councillor for the past 30 years. For 12 years she was Chief Executive of ACRE, the national rural charity, where she championed the role and rights of communities to shape their own future.

  • David Riddle

    David is a Chartered Surveyor specialising in the sustainable management of land and natural resources for public benefit. He worked for the National Trust for 25 years, latterly as its Director of Land Use. In 2011 he co-founded 3D Rural Surveyors.

  • Iain G. Morrison

    Iain is the Chief Marketing Officer at University of Greenwich, which also houses the National Resources Institute. He provides leadership and guidance to the Shared Assets Board and Management Team on a wide range of topics, including marketing communications.