Meet the Team

The following members of the steering group are involved in running the CLT
and supporting our mission and services. We are always on the look out for new supporters with skills and time to share. Get in touch if that could be you!

Max Pengelley


A founder member of the CLT, Max has 50 years’ experience of project implementation and management, R&D and technology transfer. He has lived in Sussex for nearly
40 years and just outside Ringmer for four years. Max says: ‘I have strong family connections to Ringmer. Inspired by the legacy of Jubilee Cottages, given to Ringmer by my wife’s uncle, I was immediately interested in supporting the creation of a Community Land Trust to provide affordable housing and other community assets for our local villages in perpetuity. Please come and join us and help build even stronger local communities and maintain the thriving villages that we all wish to live in.’

David Terry


David grew up in Ringmer and returned in 2014 after living and working around the world. He has 25 years’ management experience in sales, marketing, operations, finance and business transformation. David is an East Sussex Charity Mentor, a Ringmer Parish Councillor and a prospective local District Councilor. He says: ‘I helped to set up the RACLT as I am a believer in community-led development. I strongly believe that local people need to take control of their local environment and be able to live and work locally, not have to move away from their networks. A key element of our CLT will be to provide truly affordable housing for local people to  enhance our local community.’

Julian Morgan-Jones

Steering group member

Julian moved to Ringmer in 2012, after 13 years of living at Laughton Lodge, the co-housing community project he co-founded. He is the founder and managing director of South East Wood Fuels, Vice-Chair of the UK Wood Heat Association, and Chair of a government advisory panel for the Biomass Suppliers List. He says: ‘I was keen to be part of a group looking to solve the problem of developing genuinely low-cost local housing. I have three children and do not know how they will be able to afford to live or work in the area. I believe the housing situation in the south east is in crisis. The CLT approach provides a real opportunity for us to do something about this.’

Gavin May


Gavin is a local business owner, providing Housing Rental Management, Estate Agency and Property Development, previously worked for Barclays Bank. 

Sy Morse-Brown

Steering group member

In his 40 year career in architecture, Sy worked in private practice in the UK and abroad. He founded Axiom Architects, specialising in leisure projects for major national companies. He has spent ten years as Chair of the Lewes Planning Committee and is also Chair of Lewes Priory Trust, the charity that manages the heritage site for Lewes Town Council. Since 2012, he has been Convenor of North Ringmer Residents Group, coordinating local interests in relation to the Bishops Field/Potters Field development.
He says: ‘Recent events have shown that commercial developers are motivated solely by profit and do not provide houses of the type and cost which are so badly needed
by local people. The RACLT is a unique opportunity to take the initiative.’

Martin Whitlock

Steering group member

Retired policeman Martin is a former Chair of Ringmer Parish Council. He is a governor at Kings Academy Ringmer and Treasurer of the Village Hall Trustees. He says: ‘Having lived in Ringmer for 30 years and seen many families both young and old leave the village due to the lack of affordable housing, I would like to make a difference for the future of our vibrant village communities, so I have become a member of RACLT. This is a start, and hopefully with support from residents, employers and employees in Ringmer and the surrounding villages we will be able to provide affordable housing as community assets for the future.’

Richard Turner

Steering group member

Glynde resident Richard serves as a Councillor on both the Ringmer PC and Lewes DC and is a member of Lewes DC Planning Committee. He says: ‘I joined the CLT to promote local involvement in local community assets, and to build good quality homes for local people at truly affordable rents.’

John Kay

Steering group member

John has been a Ringmer resident since 1969 and a parish councillor since 1999. He was Chair of Ringmer Parish Council between 2010 and 2016, and previously Chair of Ringmer Planning Committee. He also chairs the Ringmer Neighbourhood Plan steering group, drawing on his professional experience in planning and project management. 

Gordon Sims

Steering group member

Gordon is a freelance HR consultant, originally with the Royal Mail Group. He is Vice-Chair of governors at Seaford Head Academy and a trustee of the Now! Charity Group. He was previously Chair of Eastbourne Homes, an ALMO managing properties and delivering ‘Decent Homes’ for Eastbourne BC (2006–2013).