Islington and Shoreditch Housing Group (ISHA) is a community and neighbourhood based Housing organisation managing and developing quality affordable housing for people in North and East London, especially in Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest.
About the role
You will be joining at an exciting time with a new Chair and CEO: and with our next 5 year strategic plans in the planning stages.
You will be part of a strategic decision-making body so will need to contribute to, and accept a share of responsibility for the decisions of the board. We provide initial training and continuous opportunities for learning and development. Any reasonable travel costs will be reimbursed.
And you will be highly motivated to contribute to our ambitions to stand out from the crowd in the way we provide fantastic customer service, improve how we communicate with our customers, meet future housing need and provide first class service delivery. You will have the opportunity to learn about and contribute to the issues faced by ISHA.
The Board leads by example, promoting and upholding values and standards of behaviour for the whole organisation. Individual Board member behaviour has a significant influence on the reputation of the organisation, the confidence and trust that its residents, funders and other stakeholders have in it and the working relationships and morale within it.
- uphold the values and objectives of the organisation;
- uphold the organisation’s core policies including code of conduct, standing orders and financial regulations;
- ensure that you understand the constitutional and legislative framework as it applies to the organisation, and act within its powers;
- contribute to and share responsibility for the board’s decisions, including its duty to exercise reasonable care, skill and independent judgement;
- prepare for and attend meetings, training sessions and other events;
- attend and participate in reviews linked to individual performance and that of the whole board;
- represent the organisation as appropriate;
- declare any relevant interests and avoid conflicts of interest;
- respect confidentiality of information; and
- uphold the National Housing Federation’s code of governance and Code of Conduct.
What difference will you make?
The Board Member would be setting the direction of the business and making strategic and financial decisions. The Board are legally responsible for the organisation and the Member would delegate day to day management to ISHA’s staff.
The Board agrees the strategies and policies to support ISHA in meeting it's objectives and monitors performance and service delivery;
What’s in it for the volunteer?
There are many priceless new skills learnt being a board member; everything from leadership to finance, governance to strategy, decision-making to group dynamics. You can learn about yourself and enhance pre-existing skills to perform better both in away from the Board
Joining a board helps you learn from the people around you, but also gives you the opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences with those same people
It's an opportunity to give back and make a difference
What are we looking for?
We welcome people to our Board with a wide range of professional skills and experience. We will give priority to people with skills in Housing Management, customer related service delivery, IT and Communications.
You will have a passion for our mission and belief that everyone is entitled to a quality, affordable safe home. And you will be highly motivated to contribute to our ambitions to stand out from the crowd in the way we provide fantastic customer service, improve how we communicate with our customers, meet future housing need and provide first class service delivery. You will have the opportunity to learn about and contribute to the issues faced by ISHA.
You will be part of a strategic decision making body so will need to contribute to, and accept a share of responsibility for the decisions of the board. We provide initial training and continuous opportunities for learning and development.
You will have had experience of being part of a decision making body such as another board or work team.
The position is voluntary. The time commitment is equivalent to between 6 and 8 evening meetings per year, one or two Awaydays, 2 half day training sessions, at least one site visit a year, a social event
Deadline for applications is 10am, Monday 24th June