Everyone in RUSS is grateful for the sustained support the organisation has received from professionals in the field who have offered not just their expertise but also energy and encouragement. Among the many volunteers over the years, we particularly want to note the continuing contribution made by our ‘Associates’.

Jon Broome

Jon Broome

Jon is an architect and self-builder with particular experience and expertise in affordable housing, self-build, community projects and sustainable, low-energy construction.

He has been involved in RUSS since its inception, initially as a volunteer then as Jon Broome Architects, employed as consultants on Strategic Project Design.  More recently, he has been a volunteer member of the Project Board and currently is a volunteer Design Advisor.

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Mike Freed, Chair of Church Grove Project Board 2017-2021

Mike Freed

Mike is experienced in delivering infrastructure, building services and sustainability within the built environment, across the commercial building, technology and housing association sectors.

He was also part of the core RUSS volunteer-led team that designed and built our high quality Community Hub on the RUSS site, unveiled as part of Open House 2019.He is passionate about affordable housing in London and the opportunity that provides for residents and those around them. He believes RUSS is a fantastic collaboration of a diverse group of energetic people, set to create a positive legacy that we trust future residents will be proud to call home.

Anurag Verma (Chair of RUSS Board of Trustees 2018-2021)

Anurag Verma

Anurag believes that community input and participation are crucial to the wellbeing of our cities and that a land stewardship model like RUSS’s shows us a path towards building a sustainable future while mitigating the impacts of climate change.  

He has an architectural background and is working to make design accessible and legible to communities who stand to gain most from active participation in their futures. 

He lives locally and is passionate about delivering sustainable communities and wants to see neighbourhoods like Church Grove replicated widely across London and other cities.  

As a member of the Project board and Chair of Trustees, he is committed to the delivering Church Grove in an innovative and sustainable manner.