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Job Description

REF: 15453
Posted: 15 April 2020
Closes: 20 April 2020

Background

On behalf of our client, MRG Interim Executives have been instructed on a mandate to recruit a Board Member to join a Housing provider in the Midlands. Our client, a values-driven, not-for-profit organisation and registered charity, seeks a Board Member who will also Chair the Development and Sales Committee.

Role Summary

This is a multi-faceted role, primary representing the main board as a Board Member whilst also Chairing the Development and Sales Committee. In this, you will provide oversight on new development opportunities; help shape and deliver the development strategy and oversee the development of the for-sale portfolio.

Your responsibilities to the main board will include helping to set set the overall organisational strategy in your broader role on the main parent board, ensuring that the executive leadership team operates as effectively as possible and is properly resourced, tracking results, delivery of services and financial viability, identifying and minimising risks.

Person Specification

While this individual will Chair the Development Committee, the main accountability for this role will be to the main board. Therefore, our client is not seeking an out-and-out Development expert but would prioritise an individual with strong commercial expertise and an understanding of housing development and the property industry in a wider sense.

Key requirements include;

  • Demonstrated leadership experience and the track record of acting as Chair to a non-executive committee.
  • Sector experience in housing development, property, asset management or residential construction
  • An understanding of regeneration and placemaking
  • An appreciation of the challenges and issues facing the wider housing sector both regionally and nationally.
  • A willingness to serve as our client's ambassador, to live their values and to promote their best interests wherever possible.

Plans for the future

The three main strategic focus points for the main board over the next 12-24 months are:

  • Creation of new homes – this organisation has plans to build over 500 homes per annum for customers and 100-unit sales to private buyers
  • Developing and continuing to improve customer service standards. This involves rolling out enhanced voids standards, support and enhanced benefits for all customers and continued service delivery for its small care and support portfolio
  • Increasing the brand awareness and footprint in the Midlands. They seek to become a thought leader in the industry and are working on a sizeable transformation and leadership development programme, adopting LEAN principles.

The main focus of the Housing Development and Sales Board over the next 12-24 months are:

  • Expanding the existing development programme. From 250 homes four years ago, they now aim to provide over 500 homes in 2020. The Chair of the Development Committee will be taking on an exciting role, bringing together two formerly separate committees (sales / development) into the second year of their amalgamation.
  • An existing joint venture is being wound up and they are now entering a new joint venture partnership for the remainder of 2020 and beyond, acting as an investor.


Organisational Ethos and Values

Our client has a clear social purpose, providing homes to those who need them the most and helping their customers face fundamental challenges around housing and homelessness. They don’t just provide a housing service, but also support their customers with everything from personal coaching to advice on personal finances, piloting a new benefits scheme in 2020 based on their own internal wellbeing packages provided to their staff, now extended to their customers.

Term and Time Commitment

  • The Main Board meets 6 times per year. Two of these are full days and four are half days.
  • The Development Committee meets six times per year for four meetings and two away days.
  • The term is three years, with a maximum of nine years in office.

Applications and Key Dates

MRG Interim Executives is an executive search business which recruits senior business leaders and professionals as non-executive directors onto the boards of our clients.

If you are interested in applying for the role, please send your CV and a short expression of interest to matthew.donovan@mrgpeople.co.uk

The closing date for applications is Monday 20th April at 12:00pm.

Please note: candidates should live within reasonable travelling distance the Midlands and/or have a link with the region. For more information or for a confidential discussion, please call Matthew Donovan on 07964 465 343

Equality & Diversity Statement

MRG Interim Executives shall not discriminate unlawfully when deciding which candidate/temporary worker is submitted for a vacancy or assignment, or in any terms of employment or terms of engagement for temporary workers. MRG Interim Executives will ensure that each candidate is assessed only in accordance with the candidate’s merits, qualifications and abilities to perform the relevant duties required by the particular vacancy.

Equally, our client seeks a board that is representative of the communities that they serve. They encourage applications from people of all genders, abilities, sexualities, ethnic backgrounds and age groups.