Location: Watmos Community Homes - Flexible Location
Salary: £10,000 pa / £6,000 pa
Posted: 2 months ago
Closes: 4 April, 2022
Contract: Full Time

Board Chair / Chair of Audit Committee

WATMOS is a housing provider with a difference. We are a community based organisation with strong roots in our neighbourhoods and we deliver services to our customers through ten, locally focused, tenant management organisations (TMOs). This gives us a unique perspective on our residents’ needs and means that we can really focus our energies and resources on the things that matter to them. We listen to what they tell us. And we act on it.

We own almost 2,700 homes for rent in the Walsall area of the West Midlands and Lambeth in London.

We now have opportunities for two highly capable individuals to join our Board in these central roles. The Board plays a vital part in setting the overall strategic direction of our organisation, ensuring that we are compliant with relevant legislation, and working closely with our leadership team to ensure that organisational performance is managed effectively. As our operational model is founded on the principles of locally devolved responsibilities through the TMOs, the Board fulfils an important function in ensuring consistency of approach in key strategic areas, while ensuring we retain our commitment to tailored local solutions.

As Chair you will take on a highly visible role in the organisation – taking lead responsibility for ensuring effective governance underpins what we do and that the Board as a whole fulfils its duties to a high quality. And we are also looking for a Chair of Audit who will bring particular expertise in finance, audit and risk to the Board and ensure that close scrutiny of what we do assures the Board on compliance and that we can identify and mitigate organisational risk effectively.

It’s important to us that our board is as diverse as the communities we serve. This breadth of perspective and life experience is invaluable in informing and challenging how we work. We particularly welcome applications from women and the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community who are currently under-represented on our Board.

For either of these roles it’s important that you can offer a good understanding of the social housing sector; and that you have a professional record of leading or supporting strategic organisational change. Accomplished people and communication skills will be vital so that you can engage with different audiences on often complex subject matter. Effective relationship building skills, within and outside the organisation, will be important. Most importantly, you’ll share our commitment to supporting strong, sustainable communities, where those who live within them have a voice in how they are managed.

For further information please download a copy of the briefing papers. For a confidential discussion please call our retained consultants at EMA, Anne Elliott on 07875 762029 or Ian Robertson on 07947 126329.

Closing date: 4th April

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Anne Elliot EMA Consultancy

Anne Elliott

Managing Director

01926 887272

Ian Roberts EMA Consultancy

Ian Robertson

Executive Director

01926 887272