Our staff team 

Chris Bailey: Campaign Manager                                                      


Chris joined Action on Empty Homes in November 2017. His background is in communications and community-based regeneration

Brighid Carey: Consultancy and Projects Manager                                                       


Brighid joined Action on Empty Homes in May 2016 as project manager to deliver a study focussed on bringing empty homes into use through community-based approaches.  Brighid is now developing our Community action on empty homes toolkit as a resource for local authorities and community groups.

Will McMahon: Director                                                                    


Will joined Action on Empty Homes in August 2018 to help deliver a new strategic direction to the project.  Will has worked in a range of voluntary sector and campaigning organisations including the Child Poverty Action Group, the National Children’s Bureau and the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.

Our Board

Sue Anderson                                                                                   

Sue joined StepChange Debt charity in February 2018 where she is responsible for media relations and PR communications 

Nick Billingham                                                                                

Nick is the Head of Devonshires’ Housing Management Department. He has been involved in a number of high profile cases impacting on housing law.

Alice Brownfield                                                                                                                   

Alice is a qualified Architect and Associate Director at Peter Barber Architects, a leading UK architectural practice specialising in housing and homeless facilities.  She has also taught at a number of schools of architecture and is currently a visiting critic at The Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. 

Tom Crowley                                                                                    

Our Chair, Tom Crowley, is a Management and Planning Consultant.  From 2005 until April 2018 he was Chief Executive of Horsham District Council in West Sussex. Horsham was active in tackling empty homes, bringing many back to use.

Jon Fitzmaurice                                                                                

Jon is a senior visiting fellow at Cass Business School, City University, and is the originator and director of self-help-housing.org which promotes and supports community-led self-help housing initiatives

Jen Hart                                                                                                          

Jen has worked in the voluntary sector for over fifteen years and has held several senior roles in Students’ Unions, and in innovative and member focussed charities in the Higher Education sector.

Andy Ford                                                                                                                                                                                      

Andy Ford joined the Board in May 2019. Andy started his career as a Chartered Accountant in local government before becoming a public sector auditor and then a management consultant focused on public sector transformation. He was a partner at PwC between 2004 and 2016.