Would you like the opportunity to join the Board of a housing association whose purpose is to work with a co-operative ethos to help people & their communities to flourish?
Location and time commitment
Board meetings are held quarterly, usually in March, June, September, and December. They are usually held on Thursday afternoons, at CHS offices in Teddington. There are also one or two Board away days, and the AGM (September).
You will be expected to be available for formal and informal conversation with fellow board members and with the staff team between these meetings, as required based on the needs of the organisation, and you may be asked to join sub-committees when relevant.
The remuneration for the role is £3,000 per annum and all reasonable expenses are paid.
Co-op Homes was founded in 1986. Since then we've grown - so now as well as managing our own homes we offer professional management services to 30 independent co-operatives and other community-led housing organisations. We also manage some short life properties which are leased to us by local authorities and other landlords. The majority of our homes are located across the Greater London and Thames Valley areas.
Board member opportunities
Co-op Homes is governed by a Board of Management made up of paid members who meet regularly throughout the year to direct policy and make major decisions on housing matters. The Board is also responsible for ensuring that Co-op Homes is managed efficiently, effectively and in line with the requirements of the law, regulatory bodies, best practice and value for money.
We have an active Board, currently made up of six members, bringing a variety of skills and backgrounds. We appointed a fantastic new Chair last year and are now looking to further increase and diversify the experience on our Board.
We are seeking up to three new Board members who between them and in combination will provide the following:
• Expertise in housing management.
• Expertise in Finance and Risk (not necessarily a qualified accountant).
• A contribution to our board’s cognitive diversity – we will welcome applications from generalists with a passion for our mission and a range of skills and experience, and we will particularly welcome applications from members of groups who are currently underrepresented on the boards of housing associations.
We are looking for people who can act as advocates for CHS and who will be committed to our mission and grassroots approach. Our approach to diversity supports everything else we are committed to do and we expect all our Board members to demonstrate a personal commitment to diversity.
Candidates do not require previous experience as a Board member to apply and all new Board members will be offered a full induction as part of the onboarding process.
We are an equal opportunities employer, our Inclusion Diversion and Equality Strategy available on our website can tell you more about our approach.
How to Apply
Please read the candidate information pack carefully before you apply. Application is by CV and a covering letter which should indicate why you are interested in applying for a Board member role and how you meet the role requirements. Please click the 'Apply for this job now' button to submit these documents to our recruitment partners Eastside Primetimers. If you would like a call to discuss the role in more detail, please email Bernice to arrange a convenient time. Having a call of this kind will not influence the success or otherwise of your application.
We want you to have every opportunity to demonstrate your skills, ability and potential; please contact us if you require any assistance or adjustment so that we can help with making the application process work for you.
The closing date for applications is Friday 1st July with shortlisting interviews taking place the week after. Interviews with CHS will take place early to mid-July.
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