The Directors

Herefordshire Community Land Trust
About Us

Our Directors

We have an enthusiastic group of individuals with a range of specialities supporting our development

Jeff Beatty – Chairman

Jeff Beatty is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and is a lifelong advocate of equality and freedom of expression – which means that everyone should have a voice and be given the opportunity to express it. Within Herefordshire and the U.K. in general, he believes that everyone should have a safe place to live, to raise a family and to provide real opportunities for advancement.

His experience is primarily in education, in effecting change and in serving others through a variety of roles, including Director of Education at Justin Craig Education, as Chair of Governors at a Quaker school, as a trustee of a charity providing financial support to students at the University of Bradford and of numerous other charities.

He primarily brings to the HCLT Board strengths associated through working with others and through experience of property development through Quaker projects, of fund raising and of the social consequences related to the lack of decent places to live.

Bob Deed – Treasurer

Bob is a Chartered Accountant with experience of the education, housing, and charity sectors. He is currently finance director and governance officer at a sixth form college. He also works freelance with schools and colleges.

Bob believes in the importance of affordable and social housing. He was a voluntary board member at a housing association in Birmingham for nine years. He was then a co-opted audit committee member at WHG in the Black Country. He believes that successful Community Land Trusts around the country show how we can build a more fair, equal, and democratic society from the bottom-up.

Bob joined the Hereford CLT board in 2020 and he is HCLT’s Treasurer.

Andy Johnson

Andy worked for Herefordshire MENCAP and subsequently for Health and Social Services replacing long stay hospitals with community provision for those with learning disabilities. He joined the Board of a housing association which started life with a piece of land in Hereford. By the time he left, the association was managing 30,000 homes from Herefordshire to Coventry. Andy ensuring that the organization’s component parts kept a local focus and commitment. This saw the Herefordshire component establishing an award-winning foyer project for young homeless people and a scheme that enabled young people help build their own homes.

Andy also set up and ran Logaston Press, publishing some 340 titles on local and regional history, art, architecture, and guides, before handing on the Press in 2018. He retains an interest in seeing truly affordable housing being provided, and development carried out in a way that works with the local community.

Jeremy Miln

Jeremy Milln is an independent consultant for archaeological conservation and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He has more than 35 years professional experience working in cultural heritage, 23 of them with the National Trust in the UK in a research and curatorial role for archaeological sites, parkland & industrial landscapes and historic (chiefly vernacular) buildings.

Elected in May 2019 to Herefordshire Council and Hereford City Council to represent the Central ward, Jeremy’s particular interests are in the sensitive and socially beneficial adaptation of underused historic buildings, in green infrastructure in urban environments and in improving health outcomes through better housing.

Living with his family a 10-minute cycle ride away from nearly every part of the city, he is on hand most of the time. 

Nigel Williams

Nigel recently retired. He has a wide range of experience from a working life spent in various roles. He began in business working in IT for thirteen years, ten of which were as a management consultant with Price Waterhouse where he was responsible for project managing the implementation of large computer systems in the public and financial sectors.

He then became a Methodist Minister for eleven years serving in Italy, Tiverton, and Bournemouth before undertaking research at the University of Birmingham culminating in the award of a PhD in 2006. On completion of this research, he trained as a secondary school teacher and has taught in three secondary schools in Herefordshire.

He is an active Christian with a concern for social justice and sees his engagement with HCLT as the practical application of this concern.