CORE TEAM

THOMAS UGO ERMACORA. Creative & Strategic Director
Thomas is a regeneration architect, impact entrepreneur and futures thinker. He is the founder and visionary behind CLEAR VILLAGE. In 2016 Thomas co-authored Recoded City: Co-creating Urban Futures, an exploration of alternative urban design and architecture focusing on the relationship between cities and civil society.

Frank van HasseltFRANK VAN HASSELT. Chief Executive
Frank studied Philosophy and Modern Languages at Oxford and has 15 years’ experience of working in business development positions at a range of organisations. He has been part of Clear Village since our launch in 2009 and was our lead fundraiser and writer before taking on the role of Chief Executive in 2015.

DAN DALEY. Project Manager
Dan started his career as a theatre maker, leading a youth-arts festival in Canada and producing work in Palestine and India. He brings this artistic experience to the field of urban development and seeks to support projects in participatory urban design. He’s interested in the maker economy and how transdisciplinary urbanism can build more resilient communities.

Robin HoutermanROBIN HOUTERMAN. Project Impact Manager
Robin has a background in urban planning and design, having previously worked with social housing associations regenerating inner-city neighbourhoods in the Netherlands. He hold an MSc in Architecture from TU Delft and an MSc in Urbanisation and Development from the LSE.


Sarah MannSARAH MANN. Communications Manager

Sarah is a Canadian-Brit with a broadcasting and journalism background. She studied Political Science at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec and Journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her interest in communications is driven by telling stories – because everyone has a compelling story to tell.

WALLED GARDEN

Kirsty McArdleKIRSTY MCARDLE. Project Manager
Kirsty came to Clear Village directly from a permaculture farm near Fes, Morocco. Before that she was the Marketing Manager for the London Borough of Camden managing events, public engagement, promotion and research. Thanks to her incredible knowledge of permaculture and passion for getting people involved, the Walled Garden is alive again after years of dormancy.

Paul KingPAUL KING. Garden Coordinator
A Havering allotment holder and passionate fruit and vegetable grower for twenty-five years, Paul brings local knowledge and enthusiasm to our Walled Garden project. He is a committee member of the Romford and District Gardens and Allotments Association and was a Scout leader when his sons were young, running a Beaver and Cub pack in Hornchurch.

SMALL WORKS

STEPHANIE BLUNDELL. Community Manager Small Works Kings Cross
Stephanie has a degree in Interaction Design at University of the Arts London, learning to use environmental and social references in her projects. She recently returned from a solo trip to Alaska carrying with her a portfolio of self-initiated not-for-profit events. Her ambition is to develop a role in experiential events creating informative and community based projects.

JULIET MCNELLY. Community Manager Small Works Victoria
Juliet works from our Small Works Victoria space. She has an MA in Applied Anthropology and Community Development, and enjoys facilitating community engagement projects. In her spare time, Juliet can be found taking photos of East End life, talking about food and is enlightened by her love of soulful funk.

ASSOCIATES

TOBY BLUME
Toby has 20 years’ experience of working in the not for profit sector, particularly supporting excluded communities to achieve positive social change. More recently, he has been working in Local Government and education, but still with a focus on social innovation. He is a Design Council built environment expert and is supporting strategy development at Clear Village.

KORINNA THIELEN. Munich / Hamburg
Korinna is an architect and urban planner and develops projects for Clear Village in Germany. She studied at EPF Lausanne and at the London School of Economics, worked in international planning and design offices and now teaches urbanism at TU Munich and HCU Hamburg.