Gail Rowe


“My interest in CLES stems from a long held interest in cooperative and community based models of economic development in stimulating ‘good’ growth and the practicalities of implementation.  As a practitioner, I’ve seen some amazing work of the quietly brilliant, individuals and organisations who are passionate but don’t always shout about the work they’ve done or the difference they are making.  I am keen to bring insights, experiences and case studies of some of the lesser known but nevertheless powerful examples of community based economic interventions to underpin both policy and practice.”

Gail joined the national housing charity MHA in January 2017 as an Impact and Development Lead.  Her role involves researching and developing new services and assessing the impact of services. Prior to joining MHA, Gail was a planning and regeneration consultant. Gail has also worked for Lambeth Council and a number of cooperatives including South London Bakers and Balham Food and Book. Gail also has experience of working in the private sector and has worked for a number of large international law firms.

Specialist support to CLES:

Gail is supporting the work on community wealth building, local economic development and great places.

Professional affiliations:

Gail is a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and has a MA in Town Planning and a BSc in Economics and Social Policy.