The Rural Housing Alliance is made up of housing association Members who are supported by the Rural Services Network, in collaboration with the National Housing Federation.

Key individuals from the Rural Housing Alliance include:

Martin Collett, Chairman, the Rural Housing Alliance
Martin has been Chairman of the Rural Housing Alliance since October 2017.  He is a longstanding advocate for affordable rural housing, initially working for the Rural Housing Trust and from 2005 English Rural Housing Association, where he is Operations Director.  Martin is also one of the principal architects of the 5-star plan for rural housing, an ambition emerging from the National Housing Federation Influencing Academy.  A History and History of Art graduate and Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Martin is also a Trustee of Community Action Hampshire and an Ambassador for the LGBT youth homelessness charity the Albert Kennedy Trust.

Ursula Bennion, Vice-chairman, Rural Housing Alliance
Ursula is the Vice Chair of the Rural Housing Alliance, helping to champion the important role of rural affordable housing in the UK. Much of Ursula’s work over her career has been within a rural context and she is experienced in dealing with the complexities of delivering new homes in villages, both small and larger scale. Ursula joined Trent & Dove Housing in July 2015 as Chief Executive. Prior to joining Trent & Dove, Ursula worked at Housing Plus for 9 years, leading on development and new business across Staffordshire.

Andy DeanAndy Dean, Administrator, the Rural Housing Alliance
Andy provides secretariat services to the Rural Housing Alliance on behalf of its partnership with the Rural Services Network where he is Assistant Director, which involves leading on housing issues.


Monica BurnsMonica Burns, Rural Lead, the National Housing Federation
Monica is External Affairs Manager (North East) for the National Housing Federation and in addition has the specific lead interest for rural housing issues.  The National Housing Federation, is the primary voice of affordable housing in England, with 440 of its Members owning around 750,000 homes in villages.


Another supporter of affordable rural homes is HRH The Princess Royal, who has helped the Rural Housing Alliance raise awareness of the need for village homes that benefit local people by speaking at and attending a range of events.  To find out more, download HRH The Princess Royal’s message in support of the Rural Housing Alliance.