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Posted 07 November 2023

Housing 21 is looking for an “ambitious, experienced and strategic” individual to become an ambassador for the organisation as its new Chair of the Board. 

Joining a leading not for profit provider of Retirement Living and Extra Care, the successful candidate will be integral to ensuring residents remain at the heart of the organisation’s decision making and their voice is heard at Board level. 

Following the departure of Stephen Hughes, who stepped down from the role in September after nine years on the Board and five as Chair, Housing 21 is looking for an experienced non-executive to ensure the leadership and efficient conduct of the Board’s business. 

Bruce Moore, Chief Executive for Housing 21, said: “This is an exciting time to be joining Housing 21 and we’re looking for a Chair who shares our ambition for growth without compromising on the quality of service to our residents. As we prepare to celebrate our 60th anniversary in 2024 we are showing no signs of slowing down or resting on our laurels, with aspirations to continue growing our portfolio through development and acquisitions whilst exploring sustainable and value for money solutions. 

“As a well-established organisation with more than 23,300 homes across England, the successful candidate will be joining a dynamic, award-winning housing provider, that continues to be at the forefront of delivering high quality housing with support or care for older people of modest means, enabling them to live well with dignity and autonomy.” 

The new Chair will work in consultation with other Board Members and the Chief Executive to ensure an open and inclusive approach to conducting business, in accordance with the Code of Conduct. 

The key qualities we’re looking for in a candidate are: 

  • A vision and a commitment to the provision of quality social housing and care for older people of modest means 
  • An inclusive and enabling approach 
  • Ambition and drive for Housing 21 to be the best, to innovative, to lead and succeed 
  • An ambassador and advocate, able to represent and promote Housing 21 to a range of stakeholders 
  • Experience and ability to establish an effective robust but supportive relationship with the Chief Executive 
  • Commercially astute, with the ability to leverage growth (organic/inorganic) and champion modernisation and innovation 

In order to be considered, applicants must be an experienced non-executive with credentials in the leadership and growth of organisations of scale, although it can be a first Chair appointment. 

They must be a strong communicator, able to work collaboratively with others with the ability to operate strategically in leading the organisational refresh of the three to five year strategy. 

The Chair will be required to commit between three and five days a month to the role, with an initial term of three years, renewable to a maximum of six. The remuneration is £24,000 per annum, subject to review.  

Applications can be submitted up until midday on Thursday, 30 November. Housing 21 is working with Odgers Berndtson to support with the recruitment, so applications should be made via the Odgers website.

Alternatively, you can find out more from the candidate briefing pack

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