Non-Executive Chair

This is an opportunity for an experienced Chair to join LHC.

LHC is a highly successful and reputable public procurement organisation working together with social landlords and public sector building owners to deliver better buildings, homes and communities throughout Great Britain.
Their current governance arrangements have been in place for over fifty years and whilst they have served LHC well in the past, the pace of growth of the LHC business requires a more agile governance structure which is representative of both current and future operations.

LHC are about to embark on a new phase of their impressive development and seek an inspirational Non-Executive Chair to steward us through it.

The Chair will help to establish and lead a new LHC Board of Directors and be responsible for its overall effectiveness in directing the organisation. The Chair will demonstrate objective judgement throughout their tenure and promote a culture of openness and debate. In addition, the Chair will facilitate constructive Board relations and the effective contribution of all non-executive directors, and ensure that directors receive accurate, timely and clear information.

  • Job Description
    The Chair will lead the Board and be responsible for its overall effectiveness in ensuring stewardship of the organisation. The Chair will demonstrate objective judgement throughout their tenure and promote a culture of openness and debate. In addition, the Chair will facilitate constructive Board relations and the effective contribution of all non-executive directors, and ensure that directors receive accurate, timely and clear information.
    Other specific duties include:

    • Ensuring that the Board as a whole, and members individually, carry out their responsibilities as outlined above in a timely and effective manner.
    • Ensuring an annual skills audit is in place to maintain an effective Board with the right balance of experience.
    • Leading on the appraisal of Board performance on an annual basis, agree improvement actions with the Board and ensure their effective implementation. These appraisals will be used to determine whether it is appropriate to engage that Board member for a further term in line with the Board’s competency and succession frameworks.
    • With the Board Vice Chair, undertaking appraisals of each Board member and ensuring each member has the support and tools to perform at their best, including access to training and development.
    • With the Board Vice Chair, managing the performance of the LHC Managing Director conducting formal appraisals at least twice a year and ensuring that s/he receives support and tools to perform at her/his best including access to training and development.
    • Reporting to the LHC Joint Committee meetings on the Board’s performance and, with the LHC Managing Director, report on progress and risks relating to the pursuit of LHC’s purpose.
    • Promoting diversity across all areas of LHC’s activity, including at Board level.
    • Developing and implementing a succession plan for future Board membership.

  • Person Specification
    Essential Criteria:

    • The ideal candidate will already have a track record as a Board Chair in an organisation in the social housing/public building sector demonstrating growth and improved performance.
    • S/he will have a wide and active network of contacts in local government and/or social housing and also a deep understanding of the needs of the private sector.
    • A keen interest in the topics driving improved outcomes in the built environment is essential.
    • The successful Chair Elect will be required to advise on the establishment of a new LHC Board of Directors at LHC and participate in the selection of its members.
    • An ability to support a culture of joint responsibility and consensual decision making is a key requirement as is a natural ability to make sound judgements with independence and objectivity.
    • Applications are encouraged from candidates from all areas of Great Britain and ideally from those with a working knowledge of regional differences.
    • We are also very interested in candidates with a range of lived experiences.
    • We are committed to EDI as an organisation and our new governance structure must reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate

    Desirable Criteria:

    • Demonstrable experience of leading Boards to improve organisational performance
    • Ideally some experience of working with newly established Boards and prior chairing experience
  • Location
    • Flexible. 
    • Board meetings will usual be held during work time in LHC’s offices in Uxbridge or via Teams. LHC also has offices in Livingston, Leeds, Caerphilly and Exeter.

    The Chair Elect will be asked to participate in the selection of the five vacant Board member positions.

    The inaugural Board meeting is likely to take place in April 2022

  • Application Process

    To apply for this position, please provide the following:

    Submission of:

    • A covering letter (ideally no longer than two pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the role specification. Please also demonstrate your personal commitment to delivering culturally sensitive outcomes.
    • CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements.
    • Diversity Monitoring Form

    Candidates should apply via this link: https://lhc.livevacancies.co.uk/#/job/details/18

    The closing date for applications is midnight, 13th February 2022 

    Failure to submit documents will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification. 

    Please ensure that all documents contain your full name and contact details.

    If you have any accessibility issues, or require any support and assistance with your application, please contact Katy Crothall at WIG on 02072274786 or [email protected].

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