Chair and Board Member, Irwell Valley Homes

Would you like to be part of a leading housing provider in Greater Manchester with an agile and inclusive culture, committed to enabling people to live well? If so, we are looking for a new Chair of the Board plus one additional Board member.

About the role

Remuneration: Chair: £15,000 per annum plus reasonable expenses; Board Member: £5,500 per annum (increasing with responsibility) plus reasonable expenses

Time commitment: The time commitment for these roles is a minimum of two days per month. The new Board Member will also sit on the Audit and Risk Committee

Meeting location: Meetings are held in person at our Salford office wherever possible. Hybrid meetings are also available if required

Closing Date: 10:00am Monday 30 May 2022

About us

We’ve come a long way in since Irwell Valley Homes was established as a not-for-profit housing association back in May 1973. Whilst our strong social purpose remains, today we provide affordable homes and services to around 20,000 people across Greater Manchester.

We make it our mission to enable people to live well in their homes and communities. We own and manage over 7,700 homes and provide a range of tenures to help people into a home that is right for them. This includes homes for affordable rent, social rent, market rent and shared ownership.

We know that some people need extra help to live independently, so we also provide homes with specialist support for people with dementia, mental health issues, learning and physical disabilities, and those who have been made homeless or have experienced domestic violence. In addition, we provide homes for older people to help them live well in their home and community.

Our current development programme will see us deliver over 1,100 new homes over the next five years. In addition, our multi-million-pound regeneration programme in Trafford is providing more affordable homes as well as significant improvements to existing homes and the wider estate. We are working towards becoming carbon neutral before 2050 and delivering a significant home improvement programme alongside building safety works.

With a turnover of over £37m and over 260 colleagues, we are a leading housing provider in Greater Manchester. We’re driven by our strong social purpose and are committed to providing good quality homes and services, making a difference in the communities we serve, providing more affordable homes, and supporting colleagues to enjoy work, learn and grow.

Our G1-V2 status demonstrates our financial strength, sound governance and capacity to deliver our ambitions as well as our confidence in taking on a level of risk through increased investment to ensure we can improve standards of building safety for our homes.

About our new Chair and Board Member

As part of our Board succession plan, we are looking for a new Chair plus one additional Board Member to help us shape and take forward our exciting plans to enable people to live well in their homes and communities.

We are looking for a broad range of strategic leadership, management and commercial experience to help lead our continued organic growth. Equally important is our focus on customers and communities as we respond to the challenges facing the sector in relation to building safety, as well as the requirements outlined in the Social Housing White Paper.

For the Chair role, we are particularly interested in candidates with a strong track record of effective leadership, including motivating different groups of individuals, chairing meetings and ambassadorial experience.

For the new Board Member, who will also sit on the Audit and Risk Committee, senior strategic leadership experience in one or more of the following areas is desirable:

  • Finance and/or treasury management
  • Residential property development (medium to large scale), property investment and land acquisition, current housing and planning issues

Strong networks and a good understanding of the Greater Manchester social, political and operating environment will be an advantage for both roles.

An awareness of and interest in issues affecting the housing sector is essential but non-executive experience is not required as a full induction programme will be provided. In addition, all Board Members are supported with an agreed learning and development plan which is regularly reviewed.

We are looking for people who are committed to our mission, values and inclusive culture. We want our Board to represent people from a range of backgrounds and different life experiences, with people who support our commitment to equality and diversity. In return, Board Members will be part of a dynamic team of people who have a wide range of knowledge and skills to share, who are passionate about making a difference in the communities we serve and enabling people to live well.

For additional information, please view IVH’s: recruitment video

How to apply

To apply please use the reference code: ALT321 and state which position you are applying for using the online registration form Please attach 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 applying for this position at Irwell Valley Homes and addressing how you meet the competencies outlined in PART ONE of the relevant 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

You will receive an automated acknowledgement. Your application will be treated with strictest confidence.

The closing date for applications is 10:00am Monday 30 May 2022.

Further information

For further information about this opportunity please download the recruitment pack.

If, having read the recruitment pack, you would like an informal and confidential discussion about this opportunity, please contact one of our retained advisors at Altair Ltd:


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