Board of Management Board Member
Salary: £2,500 per annum
Location: London Borough of Croydon
Closing Date: 22nd September 2023
Interviews: Online – TBC
Eldon Housing Association was established in 1981 and specialises in the provision of housing for older people, our sheltered and extra care housing schemes are in the London Borough of Croydon and West Sussex. We also provide Facilities Management services to 3 London Borough of Croydon Residential Care Homes/Day Centres.
As part of our Board succession plan, we are looking for new Board Members with experience and knowledge to help us shape and take forward our exciting plans for Eldon. We are looking for a broad range of Strategic Leadership, Management, Risk and Audit, Care & Support sector and commercial experience to help lead our continued organic growth. Equally important is our focus on customers, as we respond to the challenges facing our sector and the requirements outlined in the Social Housing White Paper.
We are particularly interested in candidates with strategic experience in one or more of the following areas:
- Care & Support
The time commitment for this role is 6 meetings a year, plus an AGM and a Saturday Away Day.
We currently hold a mix of in-person and virtual meetings. Meetings are normally held on Thursdays with virtual meetings starting at 5.00pm and in-person meetings, held in Croydon, starting at 5.30pm.
Our ideal applicant would be someone with an awareness of, and interest in, issues affecting the housing sector and older people. A full induction programme will be provided.
We are looking for Board Members who share our values and vision for the future to help transform our aspirations into reality. We are also particularly keen to have a Board that includes people from a range of backgrounds and different life experiences, who support our commitment to equality and diversity.
Ideally, we are looking for Board members who live within a 20-mile radius of our Head Office in Kenley, Surrey. In return, Board Members will be part of a team of dedicated people who have a wide range of knowledge and skills to share.
The Board Recruitment Pack which includes the Role Description and Person Specification is available from our Chair – Hony Premlal.
To apply: please forward an up-to-date CV and a brief supporting statement explaining why you are interested in the role and what you feel you could bring to Eldon Housing’s Board (please no longer than 2 pages).
Please forward to our Chair, Hony Premlal, at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday 22nd September 2023.
If you would like to have an informal discussion about Eldon Housing and the role of our Board Members please contact our Chair, Hony Premlal, on 07738 545131
BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
BOARD MEMBER ROLE PROFILE
MAIN PURPOSE OF ROLE
The role of the Board members is to provide leadership to Eldon Housing Association and determine its vision and strategy, manage risks, control the organisation’s affairs and ensure legal and regulatory compliance. This role profile is relevant for all members of the Board including the officer positions of Chair and Deputy Chair.
Board members are collectively responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organisation and ensuring its long-term success. They must ensure, working with the Senior Team, that the organisation achieves its aims and objectives efficiently, effectively and in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements.
The role of the Board member is to add value to Eldon’s business by contributing experience, expertise and insight in order to help determine strategy, direction and control in the interests of tenants and leaseholders, other service users and the wider community.
All Board members share responsibility for the Board of Management’s decisions. Each Board member should act only in the interests of Eldon HA and not on behalf of any constituency or interest group. Board members should put the interests of the organisation before their own interests.
- Developing and promoting the values of Eldon and ensure they are at the heart of everything the Board does.
- Defining and driving pursuit of the organisation’s vision and strategic direction.
- Agreeing strategies, policies and plans which enable the organisation to achieve its strategic objectives.
- Exercising sound financial and risk management to ensure the long-term success of Eldon.
- Making decisions which are in the best interests of Eldon and its customers.
- Establishing and overseeing a framework of delegation and internal control.
- Monitoring the organisation’s performance against its strategic objectives.
- Supporting and challenging the Senior Team to ensure the efficient and effective management of the organisation.
- Acting as an ambassador for the organisation and promote its aims, values and work.
- Delegating operational responsibility, and setting key performance targets for the Chief Executive and senior team.
- Ensuring all corporate activity satisfies legal, regulatory and organisational requirements.
- Establishing a framework of prudent and effective controls that enable risk to be properly assessed and managed and to ensure the organisation’s ongoing viability.
- Ensuring that Eldon acts in accordance with its Constitution, Governance Framework and the relevant legal and regulatory requirements and that its obligations to its stakeholders are fully understood and enacted
- Agreeing a governance structure which best facilitates delivery of the organisation’s strategic objectives and populate this accordingly
- Establishing mechanisms by which the Board communicates with and receives insight from key stakeholders
- Appointing (and if necessary removing) the Chair
- Taking appropriate advice, including external advice where necessary, in order to make robust decisions.
- Preparing for and attending Board meetings, committees, working groups and internal and external stakeholder events as required
- Making an effective and engaged contribution to strategic discussion, debate and decision making
- Maintaining appropriate standards of behaviour in accordance with the Code of Conduct and role modelling these for the organisation.
- Maintaining good relationships with other Board members, Senior staff and other key members of staff and external stakeholders including customers.