We enjoy working with you to uncover the key issues you're facing, whether that's about the future management of public parks, the best way to answer a tricky research question or how to organise your group. We are agnostic about different solutions and believe there are many ways of creating a future where land is used for common good.
As a social enterprise, any surplus we make is reinvested in our mission to reimagine the land system. We are building Shared Assets as a self-managing and mutually supportive organisation, where each team member has substantial autonomy. We are a 4-day week organisation and our baseline salary is above London Living Wage.
I realised how important land is to transform how we live, and for justice, when I was studying social movements. Since then, I’ve been learning about food sovereignty and anti-austerity movements through studies, land based initiatives, local and regional activism, and gatherings in the UK and Europe. I’ve worked on grassroots action, community development and network facilitation in my previous jobs and I get a lot of energy from being a part of collaborative projects, and from working with passionate people. I’m currently an organiser for the South East region with the Land Workers Alliance.
When I coordinated a participatory action research project using film, it made me realise there’s so much more to organising than collective action, and it got me interested in experimenting with different methodologies and tools for equitable participation, just organisational culture, network building, participatory democracy, and facilitating enabling processes. Shared Assets is a place where creative ideas and interconnectedness are encouraged, so I feel I’ve landed in the right place to keep learning with others!
At Shared Assets I focus on communications, and I aim to help represent land as a social, economic and environmental justice issue. I believe that the narrative surrounding land justice is vital for the imagining of better social infrastructure, tangible environmental solutions and the strength of our solidarity economy. I really enjoy synthesising information into digestible formats, and I intend to ensure Shared Assets’ work and message is clear and accessible.
I have become particularly engaged with land justice through working on migration issues and border politics, and I believe the narrative we have surrounding our borders and our fences are truly interconnected with the social and environmental issues we face. Through working with solidarity groups, I have had the opportunity to learn more about collective action and stewardship of our resources and society. Working with Shared Assets now, I am excited to explore how land and organisations can work for the common good.
I am Shared Assets’ Consultancy Coordinator, supporting the development, management and delivery of consultancy and support projects with local authorities, developers and communities. I have worked across several parts of the land system for over a decade and am a specialist in project development, project management, enterprise support, fundraising and investment.
My 'extra-curricular' land story started through volunteering at a food-growing site in London – being inspired by the potential, culture and connectivity of food-growing spaces and the people involved in them. This led me to co-founding a community-supported agriculture initiative in my hometown, and subsequently becoming a non-exec Director of a veg box scheme which had access to several acres of land and associated land management responsibilities. My professional life has always involved understanding and improving structural aspects of the land system having work in food systems, community development of green spaces, woodland social enterprise, rural development, farming systems and land investment. I’ve seen that with land we can improve people’s welfare, reduce income inequalities and support each other’s health and wellbeing.
I specialise in facilitating complex partnerships and supporting people to work together to meet shared objectives. I lead on our consultancy, contributing particularly to supporting clients to develop new business and governance models, as well as supporting specific research projects. Internally, I lead on our finances, strategy and business development.
I founded Shared Assets in 2012 to respond to the need for new models of managing land for the common good in the face of public sector austerity, and to enable groups working on environmental issues to gain access to land to deliver their projects. 10 years of working on land issues directly, and 14 years as an itinerant boater, have brought home the extent to which land is a social and economic justice issue and that how we currently own and govern it lies at the heart of many of the issues we face, from homelessness to climate change. I am excited that we are increasingly working with others to deliver more systemic change through our movement building work.
I am the Projects Officer at Shared Assets, assisting across all areas of the organisation. I have an academic background in geography, urban planning and urban design, specialising in green infrastructure and its relationship with health and wellbeing. I am particularly interested in increasing people’s usage of parks and improving green spaces in urban locales. Externally, I am a project lead (urban planning) for Black Geographers, aiming to increase diversity and inclusivity in geography and urban planning.
My land story exists as part of being a born and bred Londoner who has grown up around the built environment and seeing what living in a city means for so many different people. It has been furthered through my appreciation of and interest in parks, experiencing the simple and important pleasures they provide as well as seeking to understand how different people use them.
I coordinate Shared Assets’ research work, strategy and thinking about how we measure our impact as an organisation embedded in the wider movement for land justice. I’m grateful to have the chance to work alongside communities, clients, activists and academics interested in reimagining our relationship with the land, to generate and share the information we need to build a land system based on the common good.
I came to Shared Assets in 2019, shortly after finishing a Masters in Agroecology and Food Security, doing a course in therapeutic permaculture, and getting involved in various community gardening initiatives. These showed me first-hand how important the sense of belonging, connection and contentment that can come from having your hands in the soil can be for mental wellbeing. I’d been passionate about food sovereignty for many years whilst working elsewhere in the NGO sector but hadn’t always realised how fundamental land is to that and other related struggles. I do now and I feel so excited that my work can contribute to this in some way.
I enjoy getting to work across the whole range of Shared Assets' work, from advising consultancy clients and working with community groups to helping create new narratives for land and developing movement building strategy. Much of my work focuses on our research and broader impact work, and I lead our involvement in Digital Commons. Internally, I lead on creating a self-managing and mutually supportive culture and enjoy working with clients to support the development of healthy cultures in their groups and organisations.
I've been with Shared Assets since 2012, and before that worked for and with social enterprises supporting communities to take more control of their local land and buildings. If you'd have asked me then, I would have said that I wasn't interested in the land so much as the ways in which people work together to manage or use the land. That focus on the ways people work together has only grown, but alongside it I am increasingly interested in how people build mutually beneficial, reciprocal relationships with the land itself.
As a new member of the team, I’m both awe-struck and enthused at being able to work across the many facets of Shared Assets, with a particular focus on movement building and research. I am a member of 'Youth Food Land Agriculture, a Movement for Equality' (FLAME), the youth branch of the Land Workers Alliance; UK Youth for Nature; and I am involved with Trust the People, a project that explores, within community organising, deliberative democracy. I have also spent time being part of urban permaculture projects, activist circles, and land/food justice events.
My story with land has been fed by so many different areas of my life and interests – from the search for land accessible to nurture economically as a community, to directly facing issues within nomadic living, to being passionate about radically inclusive regenerative homes. I also have a strong interest in agroecology, paludiculture and structurally socially just systems. Everything is underpinned by issues that current physical and social narratives hold with land.
We are building Shared Assets as a different kind of organisation, with aspirations to grow over the next few years. Find out more about working with us and check if we have any vacancies.
Lauren Burnhill is an experienced practitioner of inclusive, sustainable and responsible investment. Focused on the intersection of environmental and social development, Lauren advocates for long-term financing to unlock climate resilient economic growth for communities worldwide.
In addition to consulting and advisory work, and serving on the board of Shared Assets, she is a Non-Executive Director of Just Share South Africa, an organization that works toward responsible and inclusive investment.
Louise believes our systems, including how we use and understand land, need to fundamentally change. She works towards this through her work at Forum for the Future where she leads their inquiry work, including most recently Civil Society Futures.
She’s also part of a team fuelling a community led park – The Peckham Coal Line – in her local neighbourhood and a member of the pan European Citizens Lab network.
Over the last 27 years Rob has owned and operated a number of SME companies in the manufacturing, technology/media and property sectors, developing many skills and garnering invaluable experience.
For the last 6 years he has been putting that knowledge to use in other peoples businesses, through a consultancy specialising in marketing (brand+strategy) and team optimisation (people/ personalities/ performance).
Simon is a chartered town planner who holds a Doctorate in planning law. He has over a decade of experience in both case and policy work relating to land use for agroecology, sustainable forestry and travelling people. He has also written a number of guides on these subjects in England, Wales and Scotland. He has provided expert evidence in the higher courts and has made a number of appearances at Local Plan inquiries.
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