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Non Executive Directorships

Chair – Regulator of Social Housing

Location: London

Date Posted: 01/02/2019

Closing Date: 03/03/2019

Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for the Ministry for Communities, Housing and Local Government (MHCLG) is seeking to appoint a Chair of the Board to the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH).

Those who serve on the Boards of public bodies play a vital role in the life of this country, whether by improving the delivery of public services or providing independent advice to Government. Many people from a wide range of backgrounds across the whole of the UK participate in public life by being members of the Boards of public bodies. They are involved in making decisions that develop, shape or deliver government policy and public services. The information pack sets out the requirements for the RSH Chair position along with information on the work of the RSH and the appointment process.

On 1 October 2018, through a Legislative Reform Order, the RSH became an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB), sponsored by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, which is responsible for the regulation of social housing.

The successful candidate will have experience and understanding of how to operate effectively at Board level, and have knowledge of the social housing sector, regulation and finance.

Your application will be acknowledged by the Public Appointments Team. An assessment panel will assess your application to select those demonstrating the best fit with the role by considering the evidence you have provided.

The Panel will consist of:

1. Jeremy Pocklington, MHCLG Senior Official – Panel Chair
2. Kerry MacHale, MHCLG Senior Official – Panel Member
3. TBC, Senior Independent Panel Member

Regulator of Social Housing – Chair Responsibilities

Role Description

You will be responsible for:

  • Leading the Board and establishing its overall strategic direction in line with its statutory objectives and functions
  • Ensuring that the strategic direction and operation of the RSH Board secures and maintains wide confidence in the viability and stability of the social housing sector both within Government, and with the sector’s funders
  • Representing the Regulator of Social Housing at the highest levels with key stakeholders in Government, and with bodies representing funder, provider and consumer interests and to the general public
  • 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
  • Ensuring that the Board members play a full and active role, including that they are appropriately briefed on their terms of appointment, their duties and their rights and responsibilities, undertaking appraisals of members and making recommendations to Ministers or MHCLG for re-appointments.

Key responsibilities of public sector and Regulator of Social Housing Non-Executives

Information about the role of Non-Executives in Government departments is provided in the corporate governance in central government departments code of good practice

The responsibilities of Non-Executive members of the Regulator of Social Housing are set out in its Terms of Reference and Standing Orders

Strategic clarity

  • Helping to ensure that the Regulator’s activities contribute to the achievement of its statutory objectives;
  • Helping to ensure that the Regulator has long-term capacity and capability and undertakes on-going horizon-scanning;
  • Ensuring strategic decisions are based on a collective understanding of policy issues;
  • Bringing an informed external perspective to challenge and support on delivery of outcomes.

Commercial sense

  • Informing and agreeing distribution of responsibilities between board, committees, and executive;
  • Ensuring sound financial management;
  • Scrutinising the allocation of financial/human resources to the achievement of the corporate plan;
  • Ensuring organisational design supports the attainment of strategic objectives;
  • Setting risk appetite and ensuring appropriate controls are in place to manage risk;
  • Evaluating the performance of the board and board members;
  • Planning for board member succession (within statutory constraints).

Talented people

  • Ensuring the Regulator’s overall capacity and capability to deliver its statutory objectives.

Results focus

  • Shaping the Regulator’s corporate plan and business plans;
  • Monitoring the Regulator’s performance against plans;
  • Agreeing and supporting the Regulator’s corporate standards, culture and values.

Management information

  • Ensuring that clear performance information is used to provide assurance of delivery of statutory objectives within agreed risk appetite, and that budgets are achieved.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria and experience for this role

Essential Criteria

  • Board level senior leadership experience, as an executive or non-executive in large and complex organisations with a specific focus on the social housing sector and ideally of financial regulation.
  • Strong judgement and the ability to understand and influence complex regulatory discussions, such as the need to deliver effective economic regulation and increased value for money, whilst ensuring a backstop consumer protection.
  • A strong awareness of economic and financial issues and particularly experience of their impact on the social housing sector.
  • Track record of ensuring effective governance for high profile organisations, and management of organisations, including during a process of change.
  • Strong influencing and relationship management skills, with an ability to understand complex strategic issues quickly, and analyse and resolve difficult problems.
  • An understanding of the decision-making processes within public sector organisations.
  • An engaging and collaborative working style with the ability to adapt to a wide range of political and non-political partners.
  • Proven ability to identify and tackle failure, acting independently as appropriate.

Desirable criteria and experience for this role

Desirable Criteria 

  • A good understanding of current housing market issues.

How to Apply

To apply for this post please supply the materials below by Midnight 03 March 2019:

1.Curriculum Vitae – including education and professional qualifications and full employment history (max. 3 pages)

2.Covering letter – explaining how you meet both the essential and desirable criteria for the role (max. 3 pages). Please use specific examples from your experience to demonstrate how you meet each essential criteria.

3.Diversity (Equal Opportunities) Monitoring Questionnaire – Annex A

4.Guaranteed interview scheme form – Annex B  (if applicable)

5.Conflict of Interest form – Annex C

6.Other Relevant Information Declaration Form – Annex D

7.List of referees – Annex E (the referees will be approached only if you are shortlisted for interview)

8.Publicity survey – Annex F (please indicate how you heard about this post)

The Annex A-F Form and Candidate Pack can be found attached at the bottom of this page.

Please note that the above information and completed forms are required for each application.  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 – see the “Further Information” section below for further details.  Please also 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.

Your completed application should be returned to the MHCLG Public Appointments Team, preferably in Microsoft Word, by email to publicappointments@communities.gov.uk by Midnight on 03 March 2019.  Please include the reference “RSH Chair” in the title of your email.

We would prefer electronic applications but will accept hard copies by post to the Public Appointments Team, ALB Governance & Appointments, Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government, 1st Floor NE, Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF.

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