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Kate Swade

Kate Swade

Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2013

Kate has recently become Development Manager at Shared Assets, a new not for profit company that promotes community management of environmental assets such as waterways, woodlands and green spaces. She is a passionate advocate of community led solutions to urban and rural development challenges.

Previously, she ran the consultancy service at Coin Street Community Builders, the social enterprise that has transformed London's South Bank into a vibrant mixed use neighbourhood. She helped ambitious community groups and neighbourhood organisations across the country develop regeneration and building projects.

Kate is a Trustee of Toynbee Hall, the multi-purpose social action charity in East London. While working at Solon Community Network, she supported housing association and council tenants to take more control of their housing, including acting as lead advisor to the tenants of Wycombe District Council as they worked to establish a tenant led housing association.

She built her experience of regeneration at the Environment Trust, a pioneering east London social enterprise, through co-ordinating community engagement projects and local regeneration campaigns and proposals. She managed the Trust's commercial property, and led the facilities management team at another development trust in Hackney.

Kate discovered her fascination for the field of urban development and the built environment when she was responsible for co-ordinating a departmental response to reforms to the planning system while working for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Read Kate's research, Investigating Systems Thinking for Community Groups.

Twitter: @kateswade
Personal website/ blog: commonsandsystems.tumblr.com

Current principal role: Development Manager
Current principal organisation: Shared Assets
Other leadership role 1: Trustee & Chair of Estates Committee
Other organisation 1: Toynbee Hall

Research: Systems Thinking for Community Groups - an investigation
Research topics: Community development; Governance; Social enterprise;
Secondment host: Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation

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