PEC Homes

By creating genuinely affordable, healthy homes in the heart of Plymouth, our community can be part of the solution to tackle fuel poverty and climate change. This organisation is in the preliminary stages of being established.

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We want to:

  • Use excellent design and clean energy to build affordable homes fit for the future.
  • Give local people the chance to choose a comfortable home with low bills and a fair rent; one that supports a sustainable lifestyle, promotes quality health and well-being and importantly, provides a stable, long-term home to be proud of.
  • Offer an ethical and innovative management model that allows our community to buy community shares and cooperatively run this business, just like we do with our solar installations. This way, local people can plan, design and determine the outcome, potentially earn a fair return and ensure any profits are re-invested to benefit the whole community.

We want local people to help with the details: design, waste, energy, transport, food, and ownership and bring it together to shape how we make it happen!

Our Board of Directors

Clive Turner

Clive Turner

Clive had the role of Director of Housing and then Director of Community Services for Plymouth City Council. He was appointed as the Chief Executive of Plymouth Community Homes, which took on ownership, improvement and management of the council’s 16,000 homes. He led the transformation of North Prospect, began a new build housing programme and took a personal lead in establishing a ‘green plan’ for the organisation, which now would be seen as a carbon reduction strategy. Before leaving PCH, he signed off the proposal to develop Passivhaus homes in Whitleigh.

Clive Turner

Clive Turner

Chair

Duncan Tringham

Duncan Tringham

Duncan is an experienced projects lawyer who specializes in property development and energy schemes. Duncan’s recent experience includes advising Cornwall Council on the Langarth Garden Village Scheme; the collaboration with the People for Places for the development of a ‘living village’ at Higher Newham; and on the West Carclaze Garden Village, an eco-town with electricity supplied by two solar farms utilising a ‘smart grid’. He has also worked to deliver a ground breaking affordable housing and social care scheme with Ivybridge Town Council, advised on the UK’s first private wire industrial wind turbine scheme and a pioneering scheme involving wind and solar developments on five complex sites, which was nominated for ‘Best Renewable Energy Scheme’ at the REGEN awards.

Duncan Tringham

Duncan Tringham

Director

Greg Wotton

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Greg is currently working in the construction sector designing environmentally conscious and Passive houses for communities. He has worked in the sector for a few years and specialised at university. This is where he designed a high-speed rail network to connect the South West and was nominated for the RIBA Bronze Medal. He has also been part of a community catalyst group call Inter:change, with the intention to inspire people to take ownership of building projects, seeing when it’s appropriate for the community to make a decision and creating socially sustainable projects.

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Greg Wotton

Director

Chris Penberthy

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Councillor Chris Penberthy is the Cabinet member for Housing and Cooperative Development. His portfolio includes or has included, housing, social enterprise development and support, community safety, neighbourhood working, child poverty, welfare policy and financial inclusion. He has spent most of his working life in charities, and was awarded a fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts in Recognition of his contribution to the voluntary and community sector. He has also held a variety of trusteeships and directorships in charities and social enterprises.

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Chris Penberthy

Director

Michelle Virgo

Michelle Virgo

Michelle is a founder member and former Chair of Plymouth Social Enterprise Network (PSEN), and as her day job manages the team and budgets at School for Social Entrepreneurs in Dartington. She spent nine years as a member of a worker co-op, and is an experienced facilitator, trainer and conflict resolution practitioner.

Michelle has a degree in Environmental Science, where she focused on the science, politics and economics of climate change, and has been a long term advocate and campaigner for the shift to a low carbon economy. She recently convened the Zero Carbon: Climate Emergency for Businesses event in Plymouth and collated the Zero Carbon Toolkit on the PSEN website. Previous roles include managing cash flow for Housing Association development projects in East Anglia and leading on homelessness, education and mental health projects in the voluntary sector.

Michelle Virgo

Michelle Virgo

Director

Hilary Kolinsky

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Hilary is an experienced architectural professional with a diverse background including business management, community engagement, event organisation, academic research and teaching. As Co-Director at McCaren Design Ltd she has led the company’s transformation into a worker co-op that shares responsibility and benefits fairly between all staff. As co-initiator of the Inter:change collective, she co-produced the We Can Do It! event to promote the potential of community-led development in Plymouth and share learning with others in the region and nationally. With the Royal Cinema Trust she is working towards acquisition of the former Reel Cinema as a community-owned asset. She is co-ordinating the production of a Neighbourhood Plan alongside the Hoe Neighbourhood Forum.

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Hilary Kolinsky

Director

Peter Warm

Director

Tracey Sherston

Director

Community-led housing projects in progress

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We might have already started the process but it's not too late to get involved, it will be quite a journey and this is only the beginning. We are looking for individuals and organisations from our local community to join us, you could be a potential tenant, an investor, a designer or Director or even just curious and want to be kept up to date. We want YOU to help with the details: design, waste, energy, transport, food, and ownership and bring it together to shape how we make it happen!

Become a Member

In March 2020, PEC Homes became an official entity, and was established as a Community Benefit Society. Members are at the heart of what we do, so if you are interested in becoming a Member, then please read our Membership Policy to below, to find out what it means to be a Member. If this sounds like something you want to do then please download the application form below.

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Email Us 01752 477117