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25.01.2022 NEDonBoard Online: Secure a Housing Association NED role and understand sector nuances

January 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Are you considering your NED options for 2022 and which sectors you may target?

Have you looked into the board positions offered by housing associations? Join us for a panel discussion chaired by Cynthia Alers with Mandy Clarke and Mike McDermott to get your questions answered and dramatically increase your appoint-ability for NED roles in this sector.

Our panel will present the specificities of the NED role on a housing board, discuss current sector challenges, identify the skills in demand, give recommendations for interviews and position you for success. This event is suited to those aspiring to board roles with a social housing provider, as well as NEDs who have a role in the sector.

Session agenda:

  • 12:00 PM – Event start & Welcome
  • 12:05 PM – Panel insights
  • 12:40 PM – Q&A

Panel Speakers:

Cynthia Alers – Cynthia Alers has served as a non-executive director to several organisations including the Port of Dover, where she chaired the Audit Committee; a multi-school academy trust as Finance Director; and, most recently, Orwell Housing Association, where she is the Chair of the Audit Committee, a Member of the Governance Committee, as well as sitting on the subsidiary board of Orwell Homes Ltd.

Cynthia is an MBA qualified, global, multi-sector interim consultant, specialising in investor relations, strategy, finance and corporate communications for international and UK listed FTSE 100 and 250 companies, such as Workspace Group and Sage. She won best Investor Relations Director (Sage Group, FTSE 100) by IR Magazine. Cynthia is currently the Director of Investor Relations at AO.

Mandy Clarke – Mandy is a commercial HR, OD & Transformation Consultant with over 25 years’ international & multi-sector experience. She has significant board-level expertise in HR strategy and change management to improve organisational performance. Mandy has extensive experience of leading and coaching large multi-disciplinary teams, bids & projects. Mandy’s current board portfolio includes her roles as Founder of Accomplish HR; Deputy Chair and Non-Executive Director at Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership; NED and Chair of the People and Culture Committee at Abri Group – a housing association based in the south of England with 35,000 homes and 80,000 residents; NED and Chair of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee at GreenSquareAccord – a housing association with a mission to provide affordable homes and support services for people in need; and non-executive at IPSE, a membership body.

Mike McDermott – Mike is an experienced Chair and Non-Executive Director, currently sitting on the Board of Jigsaw Homes Midlands, which is part of the Jigsaw Homes Group, managing around 35,000 homes across Greater Manchester and the East Midlands. Mike is also a Trustee of a pension scheme and Governor of a secondary academy. His previous board experience includes Chair of a pension scheme and a Non-Executive Director and Chair of a building society. Mike works with Boards and senior management teams providing governance, risk and compliance guidance and support, primarily in the financial services and charitable sectors though his work is relevant across most sectors.

We welcome the board community to register to this event.


Please ensure to select the relevant NEDonBoard member / non-member ticket option and complete the registration form.

Dial-in details will be distributed the day before the event.