About us

 We own, manage and maintain green open spaces, community facilities and services, children play areas and other community assets. 

Our values





Community focused


Who we are

The Steadings Community Management Trust is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which will take ownership of the community buildings and land within The Steadings estate and use it to respond to your needs. We want to bring about social, economic and environmental benefits to you. 

As a Community Management Trust we are:

  • Led by you
  • Enterprising. We look to achieve social benefits through the successful development of social enterprises. All revenues made from the use of community spaces will be directly invested back into you – your space, your community.
  • Really interested in forming partnerships and alliances with local organisations and groups to help create the spaces to deliver what you need 

The Trust will develop the community land and spaces around the The Steadings in collaboration with local groups and organisations, providing activities and services that strengthen the community within and around the new housing. Working with people of all ages, regardless of circumstances to minimise a sense of isolation, nurture a sense of community and build a strong future for everyone. 

The Steadings Community Management Trust has been set up to meet the diverse needs of existing and future residents, their children and other users, to contribute to a high quality of life and provide opportunity and choice.  This will be done through the effective use of natural resources, enhancing the environment and promoting social cohesion and inclusion, strengthening economic prosperity for all. 

We recognise that The Steadings is a new development that will be integrated into an existing, long-standing, wider community. The Trust will work to support both the local and wider community, and our role will evolve alongside the development and the local need.   

Our Work Process >>

Growing a thriving community.​

Our mission is to safeguard the community land and assets for community use and to create a sustainable and vibrant community for the benefit of those who live, work or enjoy leisure time within it. We want to build a strong, healthy and cohesive community and maximise social economic impact in the most sustainable way.

The team

Portrait of Clare de Bathe

Clare de Bathe

Director and Chair of Trustees

I am proud to lead this fantastic, community organisation. We believe in enterprise and the opportunities it creates for local people and it inspires me to see this in action. I head up a small team of hard-working staff, who are creative and quick to react to new ideas and opportunities. We manage buildings and spaces on behalf of communities in Cirencester, and it is fantastic to be able to offer these wonderful spaces to both residents and the wider community. Our aim is to offer events and activities in our various spaces that bring residents together, regardless of background, and create the great community spirit that makes living here so pleasurable.

Mary Cobbett

Mary Cobbett


Warwick Graduate initially worked for Miss Selfridge as management trainee and worked up through various roles in retail fashion companies from shop manager, buyer, buying director of Oxford Street Store and offered the opportunity to open a chain of fashion stores to compete with Next.

Moved to SA with her husband and worked all over Southern Africa with National Union of Mineworkers in marketing support for workers and womens Coops producing agricultural, craft and clothing ranges, and establishing credit unions. Appointed by ANC government as founding Trustee of Khula, a wholesale lending bank supporting emerging small and medium black businesses. Community Development director of South Africa’s first Community Bank Foundation.

Moved to US with family when husband was appointed director of UN agency Cities Alliance. Spent 13 years working for National Institute of Health and in building community organisations around schools in particular around issues of social mobility and equality.

Returned to UK in 2013 and have been a Citizen’s Advice benefit specialist for 8 years until recent retirement. Currently Trustee of St John’s Hospital Almshouses in Cirencester, and Chair of Park Community Group serving residents of central Cirencester Abbey ward.

portrait of Andrea Pellegram​

Andrea Pellegram​


I have been a resident of Cirencester since 2005 and have raised my two children here who both attended local primary and secondary schools in Cirencester and also College. Cirencester is where we live, work and relax. Its future is important to us. I have been very involved in Cirencester since I moved here.  First, I was strategic director for planning at Cotswold District Council where I led an initiative called Vision for Cirencester. I left local government in 2007 and worked as a consultant for Cirencester Town Council where I led Our Future Cirencester which brought all local charitable, community and local government projects about Cirencester under a unified programme. I was also Chair of Governors at Chesterton Primary for a number of years and was the first Chair, and am now Treasurer, for AQVIA. I am now a town councillor and I want to continue my work with AQIVA and the Town Council to replace the Scout Hut (now called the Obelisk Community Rooms) with a modern and energy efficient new community building. 

In my professional life, I run my own planning consultancy where I focus on supporting local councils in the preparation of their neighbourhood plans and getting the most out of local development.  I feel it is very important for people to be able to have a say over how their community evolves and develops.

Peter Clegg


2018 – Present CEO of The Bathurst Estate
2001 – 2018 CEO Gascoyne Cecil Estates, Marquis of Salisbury
1998-2001 – MD Rural Solutions
1993-1998 –  Head of Property Marketing and Development BAA plc.


Professional: Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors MRICS
University of Reading BSc Land Management
INSEAD short form MBA


Family: Married and 3 daughters
Sport: Hockey, Tennis, Skiing

Jo Marshall

Joanne Marshall


I qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in 1996 working in Liverpool, Sydney, Toronto, Warsaw
I became Treasurer of Big Food Group plc a FTSE 250 company with c.£5bn turnover
I was finance director of Booker plc with a turnover of £2bn
I started working for the estate in 2014
I am vice chair of my local parish council
I am trustee of St Vincents & St Georges charity which helps severely disabled people live independently in Gloucestershire
I teach accounting to AAT students at nightschool
In my spare time I help run a Ukrainian café in Cheltenham and am currently hosting a wonderful Ukrainian family
I am married to Andy a sports injury therapist and live in Cheltenham with 2 dogs and 2 cats.

We are custodians of your community spaces.

We safeguard community land and assets and work with you to create a sustainable and vibrant community. Find out more about the work we do.