Chief Executive, Walterton & Elgin Community Homes


£80,000 plus pension

About Walterton & Elgin Community Homes

WECH (Walterton & Elgin Community Homes) has a proud history and this is a rare opportunity to work with a motivated group of residents in an organisation which is a beacon of good practice in community leadership. We are a successful resident-controlled housing association with 632 homes, 3 commercial units, a community centre and offices in Westminster. As well as providing housing we organise various social and community activities and play an active part in the regeneration of North Paddington.

We have virtually completed a £17.5 million new build and upgrade scheme on the Elgin Estate to provide an additional 43 homes for rent and are now in the process of maximising its benefits for the growth and development of our community, consolidating our systems and resources and further developing our community leadership role.

About the role 

Having had a very stable executive team, we are now facing the retirement of Andy Watson, the current Chief Executive, after 28 years. Our new Chief Executive will share our passion for WECH and the values of a resident-controlled social landlord dedicated to offering a high-quality service to our residents. We are a very people-focused organisation and our new Chief Executive will need to lead WECH to remain at the heart of North Paddington; developing innovative projects to support the whole community while ensuring the core business thrives.

We are seeking an experienced leader with a firm focus on quality and a people-centred approach who wants to lead an organisation at the heart of our community. Experience of working at executive level in social housing or a closely related sector and working alongside residents and a Management Board are essential. We also need someone who is an excellent communicator and enjoys working with a diverse range of people with different views, perspectives and priorities.

Our new Chief Executive will be ambitious for WECH but also recognise our values as being those of an organisation which is proud to have and retain its social heart and purpose. Equality and diversity are intrinsic to the way that WECH works and we will particularly welcome applications from diverse individuals and individuals from different backgrounds.

Further information

For further information, please download and review the recruitment pack. If having read the pack, you would like an informal and confidential discussion about this role, please contact our retained advisor at Altair Ltd:

For more information about WECH please visit: where you will find our 2019 annual report and financial statements

 How to apply 

To apply for the Chief Executive position at WECH, please complete our online registration form, attaching the following documentation (please save your documents with your surname first, followed by your first name and description of the file):

  • detailed CV of no more than 2,500 words, including details of positions held and dates with relevant examples of achievements
  • supporting statement of no more than 2,500 words, explaining your motivation in applying for this position at WECH and addressing how you meet Part One of the Person Specification
  • Full contact details (name, job title, organisation, phone and email) for three referees(including your current employer if applicable). Please note that we will not take up references without your prior permission
  • Completed recruitment monitoring form (please click the highlighted text to download the Word version)

The closing date for applications is 10:00am, Friday 21 February 2020. The job reference code is ALT267.

Your application will be acknowledged and treated with strictest confidence.

Download the required files

Please download: Recruitment Pack Please download: Recruitment Monitoring Form