After joining the Development Trusts Association in 2008, she established the Asset Transfer Unit and assumed responsibility for national programmes intended to enable the transfer of publicly owned land and buildings to communities funded by DCLG and the Big Lottery Fund respectively. Latterly, she assumed an oversight role in relation to Locality’s community assets work and roll-out of its My Community Rights service. Her work has involved supporting the acquisition and development of broad-ranging assets in community hands – from castles and car parks to functioning hospitals and former MoD sites. She’s also established a national network for community libraries, undertaking primary research for Arts Council England about community involvement in library service delivery and income generation in public libraries, as well as for DEFRA concerning the future of rural libraries in England.
She supported an action-learning programme sponsored by DCLG for digital asset and enterprise developers within the community sector, works to promote community-led telecommunications projects, and is also involved in a number of initiatives that provide a test-bed for those involved in library service transformation – culminating in receipt of an international OuiShare Award for development of the Common Libraries initiative, which works to integrate makerspaces in libraries to establish them as read/write platforms at the very heart of local communities.
Looking ahead, Common Futures will also work to develop data coops for community benefit.