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 are environmental governance and stewardship experts.

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

Shared Assets is a community interest company 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.

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.

Tom Carman

Tom is our Consultancy Coordinator. He has a background in business development, account management and support provision, project management and fundraising that enable people, projects and enterprises to build capacity and make an impact, particularly for land-based ventures. He is energised when working with organisations that bring people together in meaningful ways.

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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.

  • Lauren Burnhill

    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 Armstrong

    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.

  • Steve Clare

    Steve has over 25 years’ experience as a Senior Manager and consultant within the VCSE having worked for front-line organisations, a major pan-London funder, and national infrastructure body Locality. He is passionate about community enterprise and believes resilient systems and sustainable qualities are two elements of an emerging scenario characterised by four adjectives: small, local, open and connected.  These four adjectives are – or should be – at the heart of fostering the emergence of a more pluralistic economic system, and are at the core of changing how we think about the purpose of community, business and the economy.

  • Rob Slinger

    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).