Meet the Team


AirS is an independent charity that exists for all people living in rural areas of Sussex but especially those who are at risk of isolation and/or disadvantage, and for whom rural life brings an additional challenge and cost to their daily lives.

Our vision is for a thriving, economically active rural Sussex full of choice and opportunities for everyone, regardless of their circumstances.

The Sussex Community Housing Hub Team

Tom Warder

Tom is our Community Led Housing Manager at AirS where he has enabled the delivery of 15 local needs affordable housing schemes across Sussex over the past ten years – a rural housing enabling service which evolved into the Sussex Community Land Trust Project in 2013 and the Sussex Community Housing Hub in 2017.

He has also overseen the work on over thirty five Neighbourhood Development Plans across the region – including the first plan to pass a referendum in Sussex at Arundel.

Tom provides technical support to a range of community led housing groups and projects from housing association partnerships to stand-alone CLTs.

Graham Maunders

Graham is our Community Led Housing Advisor, joining the team in September 2017 to help develop and deliver the Hub.

He has many years’ experience of working in housing – with local authorities, housing associations and community led regeneration programmes. Delivering a wide range of projects – including advice and support in relation to governance, strategy, management, development and community engagement.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and Chartered Surveyors, a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and is a Board member of Sussex Oakleaf Housing Association.

Other specialist AirS services include: 

  • Family & Children Outreach
  • Community and Neighbourhood Plans
  • Research & Policy
  • Village Agents Enabling
  • Village Halls and Community Buildings

The Hub – enabling Sussex community groups to develop truly affordable homes