Chair, B3Living

Broxbourne, Hertfordshire

£8,210 per annum (subejct to review) plus reasonable expenses

About B3Living

B3Living is a mature (2006) LSVT association based in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, owning over 4,600 homes and providing homes for over 9,000 people across Hertfordshire and Essex. We employ 175 people and for the previous 6 years we have appeared in the Sunday Times Top 100 best not-for-profit organisations to work for. Our turnover is £26.5m, our operating surplus is £11.5m and our operating margin is 43.3%. We are well governed, financially sound and offer good value and services to our residents We have a V1 rating for validity and G1 rating for governance from the Homes and Communities Agency as well as a BAA1 Moody’s rating

We are committed to addressing the acute shortage of affordable homes in our locality through providing a range of sustainable places to live to those who cannot afford the market, ensuring that we help create cohesive communities through supporting our residents.

We have a strong and ambitious development programme, with plans to build over 700 homes over the next 6 years, widening the area we work in to include homes outside Broxbourne. We have also set up two new group subsidiaries. Our Development Company was operational from February and will be mainly for rented and shared ownership. Everlea Homes will produce private rented homes with any profits being gift-aided back to B3Living.

About the role

B3Living is currently reviewing its purpose. Rather than being an average performer at a wide range of things, we want to narrow our focus to become exceptional at a few carefully chosen areas and become a beacon and thought leader for the sector. We are small enough to be agile and flexible and we have a Board that has the appetite to be different, and a team that have the potential to deliver this.

We want to identify specific products to holistically improve housing in our area of operation based on a very thorough understanding of the demographic and socio-economic data and trends, whilst ensuring the properties can be built in a flexible way to enable change of use should that need change. We are also considering a detailed understanding of the housing market and local stock condition.

We are also looking at innovative ways to intervene in the housing market and offer options that don’t involve individuals spending the bulk of their income on housing costs.

About candidates

We are looking for dynamic, experienced and strategic non-executives, with some chairing experience and knowledge of the housing sector and its governance. Excellent leadership skills and experience of a similar complex business operating environment are essential. A commitment to equality and diversity is crucial.

We are looking to increase expertise on the Board in the following areas and so experience in one of more of the following areas would be an advantage:

  • Large regeneration projects
  • Planning
  • Financial strategy, planning and management
  • ICT strategy and systems
  • Customer services
  • Health and safety
  • Change management/organisational development
  • People management and development
  • A lawyer or legal perspective

About the Board

The B3Living Board has eight members and meets ten times a year as well as away days that sometimes take place on Saturdays and/or have an overnight stay.

The Chair will also to sit on other B3Living boards and committees, including Audit and Risk and our Development and Private Property companies. There are likely to be other time commitments including regular contact with the Chief Executive, events, training and development, recruitment and internal meetings, as well as the time required to review documents. The successful candidate will be appointed for an initial 3-year term and the total maximum term is nine years.


Closing date:  Noon, Monday 14 May 2018

First interviews:  Wednesday 23 May 2018

Assessment (online personality profile):  From Monday 28 May 2018

Final stage selection process:  Monday 11 June 2018

We are also currently recruiting for two new Board members with the closing date of 21st May and the final stage interviews taking place on 26th June. Our new Chair may wish to assist with this recruitment.

 Further information

Further information is available in the recruitment pack. For an informal and confidential discussion about becoming B3Living’s next Chair please contact Sarah Palmer, Head of Interim Management and Executive Search at: or 07806 602933.

How to apply

Please apply online at: The closing date is Noon Monday 14 May 2018.

Download the required files

Please download: Recruitment pack