Pru Rowntree (Chair)
Pru has worked in education, career guidance and housing management and is currently employed as an Enterprise Coordinator with Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership. She has been involved in local campaigning on planning and housing issues since 2006, and led the Lewes CLT bid to provide social housing on the St Anne’s site in Lewes. She loves spending time at her local allotment.
Ros Brewer (Company Secretary)
Ros is a chartered landscape architect with extensive design experience in the design of landscapes for housing and parks, construction and project management experience. She has a great interest in urban design. She has worked in local government, planning, development and urban regeneration, and consulted within these field, especially for parks and play spaces.
Ros is very active in several Lewes community ventures from leading Health Walks, delivering Lewes News to being the Secretary of the Lewes and District Garden Society. She remains a Green Flag judge, assessing parks and gardens for the quality of their management, an ideal opportunity to be nosey!
Louis has worked in social housing and community empowerment in London and the South East for over 30 years. He has helped to set up a number of housing management co-ops and frequently acts as a community advocate on housing regeneration schemes, working on consultation and resident empowerment projects with Councils and Housing Associations throughout the country.
Richard Pearson is an economist with Board, management and consultancy skills in corporate governance, business strategy, finance and audit, remuneration and HR. He was a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Sussex and Leicester and Chief Executive of the Institute for Employment Studies which provided national and international consulting services in the private sector, government, the EU and the OECD. He was a member of government advisory bodies such as the Senior Salaries Review Body. He has published extensively and spoken publicly both nationally and internationally.
He is active locally and has sat on the Boards of the Sussex Community Foundation, the Sussex Oakleaf charity, Priory School and the College, and currently with the Lewes District Citizens Advice Bureau. He is Founder and Chair of the Lewes Fund. He has an active interest in the arts.
David Bysh (Construction and Development specialist)
David is a highly experienced chartered building surveyor and has undertaken a wide range of building surveying tasks throughout his career. Over many years of experience of the construction industry, David has managed building contracts and refurbishment projects valued between £0.6m to £3.5m and a total workload of approximately £8m in any one year. He has developed a significant range of invaluable contacts both in local authority and commercial sectors.
His work has ranged from private and housing association residential properties, defects analysis for commercial, industrial properties, feasibility studies for schools, party wall negotiations, condition surveys for residential properties and commercial buildings. He has an extensive experience of different construction techniques and their associated issues and costs. He has a sound practical understanding of what will work. He acted as Employers Agent on a significant number of Design and Build projects for Housing Associations with projects ranging between £0.5m to £8.5m.
David is also an adviser and Director to the Heart of Hastings CLT.
Debbie has a background in hospitality management working in a number of different venues locally. She is very involved in a number of different community groups and activities. She is Chair of the Tenants Organisation of Lewes District, attending Lewes District Council Cabinet and Finance Committee meetings in that capacity. She works closely with councillors and officers working for Homes First, which is the organisation which provides housing management services, property services and homelessness interventions to Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council and their subsidiary organisations. Debbie is Chair of the new Tenant Involvement and Empowerment Group which has been set up to oversee housing and tenant related policies and procedures across both councils. This will also set scrutiny reviews by tenants. She has a huge range of contacts and is an expert in the issues that face local people who live in housing insecurity.
Debbie is Chair of Landport Residents Association, a role which she has held for some year. She also organises the Food Bank for Landport Estate, where she lives, and a host of other things locally. In addition, she enjoys dressing up and decorating her house and garden to scare the local children witless at Halloween.
Robert has more than 30 years’ experience in Financial Services, including senior and Board level roles at FTSE 100 and global businesses. He is now an independent consultant delivering assignments focused on value creation, cost reduction, strategy development, and reducing business risk. He has led or managed a wide range of major strategic initiatives within global financial services businesses.
He has a thorough understanding of the financial services value chain and detailed knowledge of regulatory environments, having worked closely with the FCA and overseas regulators. His skillset includes Programme and Project Management, Finance and financing, Cost Reduction and Cost Management, IT and Business Process Outsourcing, Strategy Development and Implementation and Mergers and Acquisitions.
Robert is Treasurer of the Southdown Sports Club in Lewes and plays an active part in the local community.
Tony Rowell (Treasurer since May 2019)
Tony is a chartered accountant who has worked for many years in the supported housing sector with both a children's charity and alcohol charity. He became Finance, Facilities and IT director for Shaftesbury Homes when it had 240 staff and a turnover of £11m, managing a team of 16. He was Financial Management Adviser at SITRA, an umbrella organisation to supported housing providers and worked with Community Accountancy Services co-op which audited many co-ops and housing organisations.
He helped establish a co-housing project in Laughton which is still going strong 20 years later. He therefore has financial and audit as well as wide housing experience. Tony was a Town and District councillor for some years learning about local people’s housing problems and about how councils operate. He developed a wide range of contacts in this work.