Board Members (Three), Inquilab Housing Association

We are seeking to recruit three experienced board members with an interest in our diverse local communities to help us meet rapidly evolving needs. We are looking for current or recent strategic experience in one of the following areas: finance, residential development and governance or HR/OD.

About the role

  • Time commitment: One to two days per month
  • Remuneration: Board Members are currently remunerated at a rate of £2,000 per annum
  • Closing Date for applications: 9:00am Monday 4 October 2021

Inquilab Housing Association provides affordable housing and services to the people in our diverse community who need it most. With an annual turnover of more than £10.2m and a G1 V1 rating we own and manage over 1,300 homes for affordable rent and shared ownership in West London, Elmbridge and Slough.

Our values of service, trust, accountability, respect and strength are at the heart of everything we do. We are more than simply a landlord. We are committed to supporting and empowering our diverse communities. We do this through championing social, financial and digital inclusion, supporting our residents in gaining skills, employment and accessing key services as well as developing a range of new affordable homes to meet the needs of our local communities in the future.

Inquilab’s staff and Board have successfully dealt with many challenges recently including maintaining our operations throughout the pandemic. Our successes over the past year also include being awarded the highest ratings in governance and viability by our regulator, the approval of a new Corporate Strategy, the recruitment of a new resident scrutiny panel, the mobilisation of a new partnering repairs and maintenance contractor (leading to increasing performance and collaborative working), the delivery of a new digital strategy and retaining our IiP gold rating

We continue to deliver real value for the people we serve, and yet there is still much more that we need to do. New challenges and inequalities have emerged during the pandemic, and barriers that existed before have grown.

The needs and expectations of our residents and communities have also changed. Housing supply continues to fail to keep up with demand, particularly for those on lower incomes, and people’s care needs are growing. The government has made the welcome commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, with the efficiency of existing homes having a major part to play. Inquilab needs to continue to evolve to meet these challenges and opportunities.

As part of our Board succession plan, we are seeking to recruit three experienced board members with an interest in our diverse local communities as well as relevant expertise to help us meet rapidly evolving needs. In addition to the usual broad range of knowledge and skills required, we are looking for the following expertise:

  • A qualified accountant with senior and strategic finance expertise, preferably including treasury management, as well as considerable audit and risk committee experience
  • Residential development expertise and preferably an understanding of environmental sustainability and asset management
  • Governance and/or HR/OD experience, preferably with committee experience

Knowledge of the social housing sector is not necessary for all roles, but experience of chairing meetings in an executive or non-executive/trustee capacity is essential. Ideally, we anticipate our new Board Members joining the board in early December.

The expected minimum time commitment will be an average of one to two days per month Remuneration is £2,000 per annum plus reasonable expenses. Board members will also receive comprehensive training and support to learn new skills and mix with interesting people who have a range of knowledge and experience to share.

It is very important that all of Inquilab’s Board and Committee Members empathise with and demonstrate commitment to Inquilab’s mission, vision and values, as well as the principles and practices of collective board responsibility and decision making. It is equally important that all board and committee members appreciate Inquilab’s heritage and roots and the positive community, societal impact and service-led culture. These will be assessed at the interview stage.

If you are interested in joining our committed team of Board Members and playing a key role in the lives of thousands in our community, please download the recruitment pack here.

How to apply

To apply please download the recruitment pack here and complete our online registration form, attaching the following documentation:

  • A detailed CV of no more than 2,000 words, including details of positions held and dates (including achievements relevant to a non-executive position)
  • A supporting statement of no more than 2,000 words, explaining your motivation in joining the Board at Inquilab and addressing how you meet the knowledge and experience requirements listed in PART ONE of the Person Specification
  • Full contact details (name, job title, organisation, phone and email) for two referees (including your current employer if applicable). Please note that we will not take up references without your prior permission
  • Completed recruitment monitoring form (see Appendix 3 – a Word version is available as a download here) The equal opportunities monitoring form will not be shared with the recruitment panel.

The closing date for applications is 9:00am Monday 4 October 2021.

Your application will be acknowledged and treated with strictest confidence. The reference code is ALT307.

Further information

If you are interested in joining our committed team of Board Members and playing a key role in the lives of thousands in our community, please download the recruitment pack here.

For an informal and confidential discussion about this opportunity, please contact our retained advisor at Altair Ltd: Sarah Palmer, Head of Recruitment on 07806 602933 or email: sarah.palmer@altairltd.co.uk

Sarah Palmer, Head of Recruitment 07806 602933 

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