START is managed on a day-to-day basis by a board of directors (see below) elected by the original steering committee. One third of this group will stand down at each of the next three AGMs and it will be up to the voting members to re-elect them or elect new members to replace them. From then on, all directors will be elected by the members for three-year terms, with a maximum of 9 consecutive years.
So it's the members who are in charge - of everything!
Our full policy on the recruitment and election of directors is available from our downloads page, with our other formal policies and overall rules.
On 4th April, Gillian Keegan, MP came along to the first board meeting of START Community Trust to congratulate its steering committee who had just heard they had successfully registered START with the Financial Conduct Authority. The steering committee, set up by Mairi Renni and chaired by Elizabeth Brown, consisted of parish council members and other local volunteers from all three parishes. After getting the ball rolling, it elected the current board, listed below. to do all the legal and other work to set up the community land trust.
Forty-plus years in large insurance companies including negotiating and implementing complex agreements, diplomacy,
legal understanding, tort and contract claims handling, planning and risk management. Member of Rogate parish council and governor of Rogate C of E primary school
Financial Times journalist and press adviser to Tony Benn (labour) and David Howell (conservative). Ran his own company publishing professional journals and running international conferences on energy - mainly on coal markets and nuclear power - and advised the UK select committee on energy and the EU parliament. He is a member of the Rogate parish council and chair of the Rogate choral society.
Qualified as an accountant in Australia before moving to Iping 18 years ago. Worked in South Harting for a farm and estate accounts firm, but now works in a more mixed practice in Portsmouth. Also involved in cost projection for a development project in Australia and does the annual 'examination' of the accounts for the church in Iping. Lucy was on the Stedham parish council for some years, instigated its neighbourhood plan and chaired it for two years up to late 2019.
Lives in Trotton and has just completed a masters degree in rural estate and land management while working for a creative residential design company (Saffery Read Ltd), assisting in managing projects through design, planning, build process and interior finish stages. She hopes to complete her qualification as a chartered surveyor shortly and previously worked for Strutt and Parker in the rural team, assisting in managing an affordable housing portfolio of 500 properties.
English lecturer and principal, and museum director in UK and USA, with additional experience in recruitment, management, review, international conferences, exhibitions, and other events, as well as fundraising. Founder and curator of Rogate Heritage Centre and member of Rogate parish council, PCC and village hall committee.
RAF pilot and Financial Times marketing exec followed by 25 years in investor relations, marketing, database and strategy management. Has chaired global consulting company, professional body and charity. Currently member of Trotton parish council and chairs Downland Village Schools Federation (Rake & Rogate C of E primary schools).
Chartered surveyor and land agent with 40 years experience managing large rural estates and extensive property portfolios. While at West Dean, initiated and developed 4 separate housing developments in partnership with Hastoe Housing to construct a total of 18 affordable housing units.
Our policy for recruiting, nominating and electing members of the board of directors - is on our policy page below. Board candidate specifications and application procedures will be published here soon