We’re looking for a new Board Member
to help oversee the delivery of our ambitious plans.
We’re particularly keen to hear from female finance professionals from non-housing backgrounds.
Thank you for your interest in Halton Housing
Halton Housing is no ordinary housing association. Established in 2005 we have experienced tremendous success. We own and manage over 7,000 homes across Cheshire and beyond, with ambitious growth plans to build and acquire over 1,000 homes in the next 5 years.
Our purpose is improving people‘s lives, placing customers at the heart of everything we do. We believe that a good place to live is a solid foundation from which our customers can thrive and fulfil their ambitions.
We are different because we want to be, so that we can attract the best people to work with us and to deliver the best service for customers.
We have a brilliant opportunity for a new Board member to join us, to help us achieve our vision of Improving People’s Lives. Can you help us maintain our strong financial foundations whilst keeping our customers at the heart of all we do? If so, this could be the role for you.
We place great value on the contribution and insight an inclusive and diverse Board brings. The role is rewarding and brings opportunities to develop and shape our strategy and make a real difference to the lives of our customers. You will collaborate and learn with a team of Board and Executive colleagues and bring a fresh perspective to decision making.
If you’re looking for a new challenge and an opportunity to influence and govern our future, we’d like to hear from you.
Group Chief Executive
Our vision is Improving People’s Lives, reflected in our corporate strategy 'Our Direction' (OD3).
Financially Viable and Well-Governed
Brand and Reputation
OD3 has 6 key priorities:
Places to be Proud of
Growth and Diversification
We're entering the next phase of the OD3 journey, which is a pivotal time for the business. Building on a strong foundation, we are delivering an ambitious change programme. We will continue to innovate, whilst maintaining a strong focus on our homes - strengthening our position and reputation as a landlord of choice in Halton and beyond. All this, whilst firmly keeping customers at the heart of all we do.
Together, we can deliver our vision of improving people’s lives.
£5,000 per annum, plus learning
and development opportunities
Closing date: 12 noon 17th May 2021
Interviews will be held: 11th June 2021.
An opportunity has arisen for a new Board member to join us to play a key role in governing and overseeing our future and ensure we deliver on our ambitious plans. We welcome applicants with financial experience who, in addition to playing a key role on the Board, can also strengthen our Audit and Risk Committee
We are committed to ensuring our Board is diverse, comprising people with diverse backgrounds, characteristics, and attributes. We believe a Board that brings a range of views, insights, perspectives, and opinions is critical to achieving our vision of Improving People’s Lives.
All applications will be gratefully received. However, for this role we are particularly interested in hearing from female applicants from non-housing backgrounds.
We will provide tailored training and development and you will also work alongside several experienced Board members who can share learning and experience.
Our Board meets seven times per year for formal Board meetings, with meetings lasting around two hours. Board also meets for two strategy days a year which provide an opportunity for Board Members to come together on a more informal basis, to build relationships, gain insight into the current environment from external experts and have a more open and free flowing discussion on the future strategy of the business. Board also gets together for focussed, one item discussions on areas of strategic priority.
Our Audit and Risk Committee meets four times a year.
All meetings are currently taking place remotely on Microsoft Teams, however we will move to a blended approach with a mix of face to face and remote meetings, in line with Government guidelines.
MESSAGE FROM OUR AUDIT AND RISK COMMITTEE CHAIR
OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Group Board Chair
Clive has a background in Engineering and private equity, and he has held senior leadership roles in a range of utilities and infrastructure companies. Clive brings extensive experience from within the social housing sector, the NHS, the Ombudsmen and a range of other performance driven not-for-profit organisations. As a part time university lecturer and author Clive has studied how great organisations achieve frontier performance by balancing safety, customer service and environmental investment with financial objectives.
Board Vice-Chair and 'Remuneration and Nomination Committee' Chair
Mike is heavily involved with the local Chamber of Commerce and runs his own business, giving him an insight into the business sector in the borough and the wider region. Mike is a champion for the voluntary sector which gives him an in-depth understanding of the needs of the more vulnerable in society and the support they need. Mike is a local Councillor which brings him into daily contact with communities across the borough. Mike has a lot of experience of being on various Boards and chairing meetings. Mike is a people person and is well respected in the political, business and charitable sectors in Halton.
Audit & Risk Committee Chair
Angela has significant Non-Exec experience in the housing sector. She is an experienced business leader with over 30 years of successful delivery of high-profile business roles across a number of industries, including manufacturing and highly regulated service organisations. Angela’s current role as director of Angelteccies includes providing product and processing support into the Wire & Cable Industry. Angela has recently been appointed as Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee.
Lead Member for Asset & Compliance
Kevin has 20 years' property development and management experience. He is financially astute with a strong grasp of financial matters. Kevin is currently Director of Asset & Growth Strategy at The Guinness Partnership, one of the Country’s largest HAs. Kevin is responsible for the Guinness Footprint Strategy, providing strategic direction on focus areas for growth through development, acquisitions and strategic partnerships through to active Asset Management of a portfolio of over 65,000 homes across the Country. Kevin leads teams responsible for a variety of property roles across a variety of tenure types.
Lead Member for Customer Experience
Linda is an experienced housing professional with a passion for tenant empowerment and building strong effective partnerships between landlords and tenants. Linda is currently Director of Customer Services with Irwell Valley Homes. Her housing career focus has been to listen to customers and work with them to achieve positive outcomes.
Remuneration & Nominations Committee & Chair of Open Solutions (OSUK) Ltd
Ian is well-known within the business community of Halton. Ian brings over 25 years’ experience in the commercial and finance sectors to the Board of Halton Housing. Ian is currently Head of Telesales and Retention Telefonica UK (O2 UK), a Director of Halton and Widnes Chamber of Commerce, Executive Chair of Halton Enterprises Ltd and Non-Executive Director of Asterius Ltd, a start-up Technology business. Previously, Ian’s career has included a variety of senior leadership roles at Telefonica UK (O2 UK), and management roles at several banking and insurance companies including Marks and Spencer Financial Services and Standard Life. Ian Chairs HH’s, Open Solutions UK Ltd, which invests in the PRS sector, the Build to Rent sector and which is currently developing sites for sale. He is also a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee’
Audit & Risk Committee Vice Chair
Mark is a Local Authority nominee who was appointed to the Board in 2011. Mark served in the role as Audit Chair from 2014 to 2020. Mark is both an officer and a member of two local authorities, Warrington and Halton, with over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of finance and accounts. He has broad experience in the health and children’s services sectors and has networks across the region and at various levels of the public sector.
Lead Member for Development
Matt is CEO of a leading North West Housing provider. Previously, Matt was Development Director at the same organisation and led on many iconic, award winning regeneration projects. He is a Board member of the Sheffield Local Housing Company, Chairs the Greater Manchester RP Joint Venture, Hive Homes and leads on Development issues for the Greater Manchester Housing Providers. Matt is also on the Board of the Sheffield City equivalent JV, Forge New Homes. Matt has been involved with a Local Strategic Partnership, has been a PFI Company NED and has supported the NHF in a variety of ways, most recently as part of the Coronavirus CEO Recovery Steering Group. Matt is well versed in the power of partnership working and supportive of collaborative work approaches.
Lead Member for Digital
Geoff is a respected Chair and Non-Executive Director helping companies who need to take advantage of digital innovation to significantly improve service levels and/or optimise operational performance. 40 years’ experience of measurable success ensuring companies deliver more business value. Gained a strong governance and risk management background with consensus stakeholder management through delivering a number of major business transformation programmes. Geoff has a wide breadth of experience gained in many sectors including Social Housing, NHS, Care Services, Investment Banking, Wealth Management, Insurance and Consultancy.
Group Chief Executive
Liz leads the organisation to deliver our ambitious OD3 strategy, positioning Halton as a landlord of choice whilst fulfilling our vision of improving people’s lives.
Deputy Chief Executive & Chief Financial Officer
Neil leads the business services functions, growth, finance as well as our commercial arm, Open Door.
Chief Operating and Transformation Officer
Debbie leads the business functions for Customer, Homes, IT, digital, Brand and Transformation.
If you like what you’ve heard and wish to apply to be our new Board member, you should submit:
Your up-to-date CV - This should be no more than three sides of A4
A supporting covering letter, outlining your reasons for wishing to join our Board and the potential contribution you think you could make.
It is important that your covering letter highlights supporting evidence of how your previous experience and skills relate to the criteria outlined in the job description and Board skills matrix.
You need to state if you are related to a Board Member, an existing employee or customer of Halton Housing, and if you have any financial interest in the organisation.
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