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Board Members (x2)

Board Members (x2)

Posted by:
Local Space
Details
Posted by
Local Space
Location
London
Renumeration
£4,000.00
Working Hours
Part-Time
Posted
January 9, 2021
Closing Date / Time
February 5, 2021
12:00 pm
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Job Description

Local Space is a dynamic and unique registered provider of social housing.

Many of our tenants and communities are facing challenging times - and that will continue for the foreseeable future.  Our ambitions are huge and transformational; it is therefore important that we have a governance and strategic framework that moves our agenda forward.

To support this, we are looking for 2 individuals to join our dedicated Board. We want to see people who have a keen interest and competence in understanding communities as well as the importance of focusing on customers. The issue of diversity and equality is important to our strategic development and growth plans, not least because of our diverse customer base. We recognise that issues around race equality, disability, gender and culture etc all play a part in determining the nature of our business.

Whilst you do not have to be a housing specialist, it is important that you have a demonstrable interest in housing those in need, and an aptitude to develop in the field. Strong analytical and communication skills will be essential as well as an understanding of the role of a Board.

Black, Asian and minority ethnic people and women are currently under-represented on our Board and we welcome applications from these communities.  

Person Specification

Main purpose of the role

To contribute experience, expertise and insight to determine strategy, direction and governance in the interests of customers and all stakeholders. In conjunction with fellow Board members the Board member shall:

  1. Fulfil the legal duties of the Board member role.
  2. Set strategy and agree the business and financial plans to support strategic delivery.
  3. Ensure effective and efficient provision of services in all areas and for all customers in the light of the Strategy
  4. Provide financial stewardship and responsibility for the management of all Local Space assets. This will involve treasury management and regular scrutiny of Local Space’s financial position.
  5. Ensure effective and efficient administration of Local Space by establishing and overseeing a risk management framework and maintaining an agreed assurance framework.
  6. Oversee Local Space’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, including health and safety
  7. Direct and control Local Space’s work by establishing, monitoring and reviewing a framework of delegation and systems of internal control.
  8. Engage in regular appraisals. Performance reviews and learning and development.  

Essential Qualifications, knowledge and experience

The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience and understanding of one (or more) of the following areas:
  • Customer service
  • Community engagement
  • Housing provision
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in relation to delivery of services
  • Financial management and treasury management
  • Risk Management
  • Digital Transformation / Project management
  • HR
  • Governance and law
  • Asset management / repairs and maintenance
  • Development and procurement
  • Ability to rapidly gain a good understanding of the work of Local Space and the needs of its customers
  • Understanding of monitoring Executive performance
  • Experience of operating as a board member within another charitable, public sector or commercial organisation, or a strong and demonstrable ability to do so.

Essential Competencies

The successful candidate will have:

  • Effective communication and influencing skills
  • The ability to act independently and a willingness to provide constructive challenge to peers and the Executive Management Team.
  • A proven ability to work effectively as part of a team that makes collective strategic decisions.
  • Strong analytical capability with the ability to analyse complex information and concepts.
  • A genuine interest in housing those in need, and a willingness to learn and develop in this field.
  • An understanding of the role of a Board, and willingness to accept the statutory duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Board membership in a charitable registered provider of social housing.
  • An understanding of the positive role housing can play in improving the lives of diverse tenants and communities.
  • An ability to maintain standards of probity and work within the regulatory and governance frameworks.
  • An ability to work with electronic communications or a demonstrable willingness to learn.
  • The willingness and ability to devote the necessary time and effort required for the role.

Candidates should note that these competencies will be assessed at the shortlisting stage and at interview. We want to attract the widest pool of talent to this post. If having read the role profile, you feel that you can do the role, but you are not sure whether you meet the criteria outlined, we would you encourage you to contact David Weaver for an informal conversation.

Eligibility criteria

The following will mean that a person is not eligible for appointment:

  • they are disqualified from acting as a company director, charity trustee or Board member of a registered society for any reason; or
  • they have been convicted of an indictable offence which is not, or cannot be, spent; or
  • a composition is made with their creditors generally in satisfaction of that person’s debt.
  • they are a member or officer of London Borough of Newham (unless a London Borough of Newham appointee).

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