Joshua Lawson

Co-operative advisor

Leeds Community Homes

Business planning
Community shares
Engagement and consultation, including volunteering
Fundraising (social investment)
Governance (set up)
North East
North West
South West
Yorkshire and the Humber
Joshua Lawson

Josh has numerous years experience in the co‑operative sector – in community led housing and worker co‑ops, as well as establishing and living in housing co‑operatives.  

In addition to supporting other people’s co-ops and social enterprises, he brings the user experience of having established housing co‑operatives, being a member of a worker co‑op in the food industry, and being a member of CBSs, CSAs, and food co‑ops.

Josh is currently undertaking a professional qualification in Co‑operative Business Development to augment his existing skills and experience in the community business sector. Josh is also working on a secondary housing co‑operative model designed to help mutualise existing co‑operative resources.

“I’m passionate about supporting people to develop and grow their ideas and passions into sustainable and flourishing community enterprises. Through demystifying the more technical aspects of business planning, I believe groups can effectively create empowering and democratic organisations that in turn nourish their local communities and inspire further positive change in the world around them.”