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Chair – Regulator of Social Housing (RSH)

Location: National

Date Posted: 13/11/2020

Closing Date: 13/12/2020

£65,000 pa – 2 days/week

Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is seeking to appoint a Chair to the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH). The Chair will help guide the next phase of the organisation’s growth and development, as the Regulator responds to the reforms to be set out in the forthcoming Social Housing White Paper. We are open to applicants with a wide range of skills and backgrounds and would welcome hearing from applicants who have experience leading an organisation and wider sector through significant change.

This Government is committed to improving the lived experience of social housing tenants and will publish the Social Housing White Paper shortly. The Regulator plays a key role in protecting and empowering social housing tenants through a robust regulatory framework, and will therefore have a key role to play in delivering the reforms set out in the White Paper. This will be an exciting and challenging time to join the organisation, leading transformational change to the way the Regulator works with the wider social housing sector.

All of this is likely to provide a challenging task for a new Chair of the regulator. The role will require ensuring the organisation continues to deliver in these more challenging times, whilst ensuring that going forward it can respond and evolve to future policy changes and significant cultural change in the organisation.

As Chair of the Board you will be responsible for:

  • You will be responsible for leading the Board and establishing the strategic aims and objectives of the Regulator in line with its fundamental objectives and functions, and to maintain confidence in the Regulator, the sector and its ability to deliver good quality homes that meet a range of needs.
  • Representing the Regulator effectively with key stakeholders including in Government, and with bodies representing funders, providers and residents and to the general public
  • Working closely with and supporting the Chief Executive and supporting and challenging the Executive to lead and develop the organisation.
  • Ensuring that the Board operates and exercises its functions in accordance with the highest standards of conduct and probity and established good practice in decision making.
  • Promoting the most effective and efficient use of resources consistent with delivery of the regulator’s overall objectives.
  • Ensuring that the Board members play a full and active role, including that they are appropriately briefed on their duties and responsibilities.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria:

  • Extensive experience either in housing (equivalent to chief executive of a large housing organisation) or in running a regulatory system of a comparable scale and complexity. You should demonstrate the depth of your experience and how this would relate to the role of the Chair of the Social Housing Regulator and challenges within the sector.
  • Demonstrable evidence of understanding complex financial structures or products, the risks and opportunities they present and the ability to apply this to different markets such as the social housing sector, or similar.
  • You should demonstrate experience of shaping and championing good governance and approaches to risk.
  • Comprehensive experience at Board level, preferably as Chair, challenging and holding to account a strong executive team and conveying confidence in the organisation’s ability to deliver on its objectives. You should demonstrate experience of shaping and championing good governance and approaches to risk.
  • Extensive experience of stakeholder engagement in public facing positions, with proven influencing and networking abilities with diverse and high-profile key decisions makers.
  • Experience of working at a senior level in organisations going through change and transformation; and be able to survey the landscape of an organisation to respond to external factors.
  • Demonstrable ability to lead an organisation to respond effectively to a changing external landscape.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience of working as a senior executive at a customer focused business and driving improvements in delivery.

Additional Information

The Regulator of Social Housing was previously constituted as the Regulation Committee within the Homes and Communities Agency. The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) became a stand alone Arms Length Body (ALB) on 1 October 2018.

How to Apply

To apply for this post please supply the materials below:

Your completed application should be in Word format and include the following:

Part 1: CV & Covering Letter – CV should include education and professional qualifications and full employment history (max. 2 pages).  Covering Letter should explain how you meet the essential and desirable criteria for the role (max. 2 pages). Please use specific examples from your experience to demonstrate how you meet any of the essential criteria.

We would prefer Part 1 to be provided online via email to:

PublicAppointments@communities.gov.uk

If you are unable to apply online, please email PublicAppointments@communities.gov.uk. Please include the reference “RSH, Chair” in the title of your email

Part 2: Further Information – To process your application MHCLG require all candidates to provide the information requested online at: https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/

Please note that Part 2 information should be submitted to the Public Appointments Unit in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government via the below links.

Further Information & Diversity Form

Supporting Information Form

Information is also available from the MHCLG Public Appointments Unit at PublicAppointments@communities.gov.uk.

Please note that both Parts of your application are required for it be considered.

We cannot accept information and forms submitted with previous applications because your circumstances may have changed in the meantime and some of this information will be specific to the post being applied for.

Please note that the initial assessment of your suitability against the role criteria will be made only from the evidence you set out in your covering letter and CV.

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