Exeter Community Alliance


Exeter Community Alliance is a collective that is working towards acquiring a centre and organising hub using the CEC model from which to work on fixing the social and ecological emergency.
We aim to build a better Exeter and a better world.



We believe that people and the planet come before profits. We are a collectively managed project that values cooperation and mutual aid.


We believe in the right of all communities to live, create and work with dignity, respect and equitable access to resources.


We uphold anti-oppressive values in our organising against racism, sexism, transphobia, ableism, homophobia, exploitation, xenophobia, and other injustices.

System Change

We know that structural problems require structural solutions. We will work with institutions that uphold and practice these same values.


Local organisations in our alliance include:

Feed Our Community

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CND Exeter


Black Lives Matter

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Greenpeace Exeter

Extinction Rebellion


Transition Exeter


Exeter Community Energy




Bex Flintham

A lifelong wildlife conservationist and activist for social and environmental issues, Bex lives in Devon and works as an environmental educator for a wildlife charity, teaching children and young people and adults about the interdependence of humans with the natural world. Past jobs have included working for the National Trust, Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, The John Simonds Trust, and Five A Day Community Garden. Bex also leads community choirs and gives talks to gardening clubs about wildlife. Identifying as queer and non-binary (pronouns they or she), Bex sings with Exeter‘s LGBTQ choir Spectrum. To unwind after a hard day‘s work trying to save the planet, Bex goes wild swimming or walking on the coast or Dartmoor.


Maia Thomas

A 22 year old award winning Equality Activist, EDI Consultant (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion), International Speaker, Social Media Consultant & Instagram Influencer. Maia has worked with over 70 schools across the South West on EDI, delivering assemblies/workshops and mentoring teachers. Throughout her consultancy role she has worked with Devon County Council, many business leaders and firms. One of her latest projects -Feed Our Community, delivered over 2500 free food packages to those in need within the first 6 weeks. Maia strives daily to make long lasting positive change in society. Her work has featured on CNN, BBC, ITV, Sky, The Morning Star and other platforms. Maia has been recognised by winning the Ron Todd award for Equality and featuring in the Mirrors Top 100 Inspirational Women 2021.


Rob Masding

Born in Leicester sometime in the last century, Robert has lived and worked in many parts of England as well as spending some years working in Zambia, Holland and Saudi Arabia. Eventually settling in Devon in 2013 - firstly in Exmouth, where he was elected to Exmouth town Council on a Green party ticket, and now in Exeter. Robertʼs interests include photography, computing and generally involving himself in the community - such as being on the Cornerstone Housing Performance Panel and volunteering with the Queens Crescent Garden Forum. Robert has two children and is divorced.


Chris Wood

Chris is a software engineer wanting to ensure his five grandchildren have a habitable world to grow old in. Chris has marched with Rock against Racism in the 70s, hitchhiked around Europe, been a despatch rider, become a self taught computer programmer, been a Childrenʼs Advocate, studied Philosophy and Psychology at Oxford as a mature student and jumped out of perfectly fine aeroplanes. Chrisʼs software development company had offices in Surrey and California until the family moved to Devon at the turn of the millennium for a radical life change. Having come across the concept of Climate Emergency Centres in late 2020 Chris is determined to see one open in Exeter promoting community, justice, education and equality to help build a better world.


Phil Sleigh

Phil was born in South India, then from age 4 grew up in Devon. He worked in botanical research; as a psychiatric nurse; and on IT for the NHS until retiring in 2019. Throughout this time he has campaigned on various environmental, animal rights, and human justice issues. He is married with 2 daughters, and enjoys gardening, cycling, walking (especially on Dartmoor), and the excellent beers at The Bridge Inn in Topsham.