Chair of Audit & Risk Committee at Saffron Housing Trust

Regulatory and strategic finance expertise gained in the housing sector is preferred.

About the role

Remuneration – £ 7,000 pa plus reasonable expenses

Time commitment: 2 days per month

Length of term: 3 years per term, for a maximum of 2 terms

Location: Long Stratton, Norfolk

Closing Date:  10am Monday 22 April 2024

Our journey began in May 2004 with the transfer of 4,345 properties from South Norfolk Council. Today, Saffron Housing Trust (Saffron) has evolved into a leading housing association, managing over 6,600 homes across Norfolk, Suffolk, and East Anglia.

It is a great time to join Saffron, our strategy has been refreshed to meet the challenges of our operating environment and introduce new objectives for 2024/25.  Our Board’s risk appetite ensures that, while pursuing our ‘Inspiring Saffron Strategy’, we prioritize the health and safety of our tenants and colleagues, compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, financial integrity, and retaining our G1/V2 regulatory grading.

With our current Chair of Audit and Risk Committee reaching the end of their tenure, we are now seeking to appoint a new Chair.  We are looking for an experienced non-executive, ideally with chairing experience to lead a well-established committee.

Sector experience is preferred and regulatory and strategic finance background is highly desired, in particular we are seeking experience in:

  • Internal Audit & controls
  • Accounting (accounting qualifications not essential) & external audit
  • Risk identification and management
  • Knowledge and understanding of the communities Saffron serve (desirable)

We are committed to increasing equality, diversity, and inclusion within our Board composition. We encourage applications from individuals representing diverse perspectives, styles, and experiences, considering factors such as socio-economic circumstances, locality, background, viewpoints, and lived experiences.

We prefer our board and committee meetings to be face-to-face but offer flexibility of hybrid meetings when required.

If you are passionate about making a difference in the housing sector and possess the skills and qualities we are looking for, we invite you to apply for this key role.

To find out more about the role and Saffron Housing please take a look at the recruitment microsite.

How to apply

To apply please complete our online registration form, clearly stating the reference number ALT362

and attaching the following documentation:

A detailed CV of no more than three pages of A4, including details of positions held and dates (including achievements relevant to a non-executive role).

Please answer the below questions in no more than 250 words per answer and attach them along with your CV ensuring your name is clearly visible.

  1. What attracts you to the mission and work of Saffron?
  2. Tell us about the sector/company you work in, one of the main challenges it is currently facing, and how you personally have contributed to transformation or innovation in the solution.
  3. How has your own background and upbringing influenced your approach to creating greater diversity in your workplace?
  4. Tell us about a time when you raised a challenge at work or on a Board (charity/not-for-profit or business-related) and how you went about trying to convince your colleagues of your view.
  5. Tell us about a time you have made a recommendation for a strategy to reduce risk either at work or on a board or Committee, what did you recommend and what was the outcome of your recommendation?

Full contact details for two referees (including your current employer, if applicable). Please note that we will not take up references without your prior permission.

Please complete EDI Form HERE.

The closing date for applications is 10am Monday 22nd April 2024. Your application will be acknowledged and treated with the strictest confidence. If, after having read through the information, you wish to have an informal chat please contact Sioned Hughes from Altair ltd who is supporting Saffron HT on 07887 791381 or email

Further information

To find out more about the role and Saffron Housing please take a look at the recruitment microsite.

Sioned Hughes 07887 791381

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