Position: Board Member/Committee Member
Location: Bristol and Birmingham
Remuneration: In accordance with National Housing Federation guidelines
Hours: 4 - 10 days per annum
Non-Executive Director and Committee Member Roles
We are currently recruiting for a Non-Executive Directors/Board Member with a commercial, legal, governance and risk, social housing management, and community development background to join our experienced team. Sound judgment and independent thought are crucial, along with excellent communication and leadership skills. We specifically seek candidates who have proven experience in the business world with commercial acumen, experience of a high growth, high turnover environment and ideally knowledge of business and strategic leadership in an organisation of similar size or larger than ACH.
ACH was established in 2008 as a social enterprise specialising in the economic, social and civil integration of refugees through accommodation and community-based training support. We are a growing, innovative and ambitious registered social housing provider with offices in Bristol, Birmingham and Wolverhampton. Our award winning #RethinkingRefugee campaign is considered outstanding and reflects our commitment to making sure refugees become part of society rather than remaining marginalised and under-employed.
We are a social enterprise organisation led by our values, and we are committed to adding social and economic value not only to our service users but also to the communities at large. ACH continues with a planned and sustainable growth agenda to meet the Board’s aspirations and realise the vision of the organisation. Therefore, we aim to provide a high standard of accommodation and support services for those who need them the most.
We want individuals who are committed to what we do and who have the vision and skills to help us deliver on our ambitions for the future. You will need to be able to work at a strategic level, interact effectively with the Board of directors, challenge constructively, and influence a wide range of stakeholders.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community and actively encourage diversity reflecting our customer base. You will need to be able to commit time to this role: Board and Committee members are required to attend around four Board meetings – along with other events, training and appraisals – per year.
Skills and abilities:
- Ability and vision to lead, inspire and represent the organisation, giving a clear sense of strategic direction
- Skills and experience of presenting views with knowledge and understanding of the wider strategic context.
- Ability and skills to listen and allow others to make contributions, challenge in a constructive way and build consensus through persuasive discussion.
- Ability to make balanced and informed decisions, analysing performance, financial and other information.
- Ability to assess risk and promote risk awareness without being risk averse.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Able to read, understand and analyse both written and numerical reports presented to the Board for decision and information and to draw out points for discussion.
- IT literate and able to review and analyse large and complex data.
- Able to be an ambassador for the organisation, operate effectively at all levels and committed to developing positive external relationships at the local, regional and national levels that generate confidence and respect.
Requirements for the roles:
In particular, we are interested in attracting people with the following skills, background or experience:
- A senior track record in organisational development or strategic leadership from either an executive or non-executive role.
- An appreciation of business and community development.
- Business effectiveness and transformation.
- Housing management and service development for tenants.
- Legal and commercial experience.
- Governance, audit, risk and organisational leadership and management experience.
- Experience of operating effectively at senior levels within an organisation, and a proven ability in influencing decision making.
- Empathy with the purpose of the social housing and/or direct experience of working in the sector with knowledge of refugees and addressing deprivation.
Board and Committee members are remunerated in accordance with National Housing Federation guidelines.
If you have any questions about these roles, please contact our Company Secretary, Abdi Mohamed, on firstname.lastname@example.org. Or just send your CV to him.
Closing date for applications: 19 July 2019
Letter from ACH CEO:
20 years ago, I arrived in the UK as a refugee from Somalia, and amongst a lot of goodwill I also found a system that was failing people like myself due to the lack of focus on long-term integration. This encouraged me to start ACH in 2008 to provide refugees and other vulnerable homeless people with supported accommodation, along with the training and education, necessary to help them integrate into UK society.
ACH has gone from strength to strength and I am proud of the business we have become. Our training subsidiary, Himilo, offers high-quality support for all members of the community, specialising with those who have previously faced barriers to employment. We now also work directly with employers to address their skills shortages through our unique and tailored training programmes, leading the way in providing and delivering life-changing opportunities.
I am excited to do succession planning and bring new Board Members into our business and would like to thank you for applying for this position. The Board Member role is integral to our organisational development strategy and business sustainability, and will shape what the future of ACH looks like. I am keen to hire people who have the ability to vision and inspire, and who will make outstanding contributions to our strategic leadership and whose personal values align with our organisational values.
If you think you are the person that we should hire, I welcome your application.