Job Description


Role:                                       Board Member


Responsible to:                     Group Board Chair


Accountable for:                    The Organisation and its future


Supported by:                       The Governance Team


Overall Purpose of the Role


To contribute to and promote Halton Housing’s vision, mission and values through the management control, accountability and good conduct of Halton Housing and of the Board.
To provide, in conjunction with other Board Members and the Executive, strategic leadership to Halton Housing.
To share responsibility for Board decisions and act only in the best interests of Halton Housing.
To take responsibility as Lead Member for an area of work/service allocated to them, to lead and promote issues within their area of responsibility, inviting, encouraging and inspiring excellence and acting as a catalyst for their area of responsibility
Specific Duties and Responsibilities


To ensure that the policies and procedures relating to governance, legal, regulatory requirements and good practice are in place and reviewed on a regular basis.
To set the strategic direction of the business and determine its vision, values and objectives
To support and challenge the Executive Team to help achieve these objectives
To ensure that these objectives are also achieved through the appropriate delegation of authority, operational procedures and the employment of suitably skilled staff
To regularly measure and review the performance of the organisation and make recommendations for improvement where appropriate
To ensure the organisation runs efficiently, maximises the impact of its resources and provides Value for Money in its service delivery.
To review the activities of the organisation from time to time and to recommend changes that are appropriate or in the interests of the organisation
To agree annually Halton Housing’s budget and business plan
To exercise sound financial management and maintain financial viability by approving the business plan, accounts, budgets, liquidity and borrowing facilities whilst meeting the organisation’s vision, values and objectives
To ensure that the interests and needs of Halton Housing’s current and future customers are considered in all matters
To ensure that the organisation’s assets are kept in good order and are used for the benefit of the organisation
To promote openness, accountability and transparency in the organisation’s dealings with all its stakeholders
To contribute to and implement the risk management frameworks for Halton Housing and ensure risks within Halton Housing are identified and managed
To attend on a regular basis, Board and Committee meetings and contribute effectively to them, to ensure that, as a group, the Board has the capacity and commitment to achieve the strategic aims of the organisation
To ensure that the business of the Board is suitably conducted, documented, is timely and meets the requirements of good practice and governance
To attend conferences, training sessions, seminars, meetings and other events where they are in the interests of the organisation and to act as an ambassador for Halton Housing.


Board Member           £ 4,731 per annum

Plus learning and development opportunities



How to apply


Please email a CV and covering letter, outlining your reasons for wishing to join our Board and the potential contribution you think you could make, to our independent consultant;


Paul Johnson

Managing Director, 3Dk Solutions Ltd.

Mobile: 07713 085001



It is important that your covering letter highlights supporting evidence of how your previous experience and skills relate to the criteria outlined in the recruitment pack.


Your CV should provide the following:

§  Full name and postal address

§  Work telephone (if applicable) and home telephone number, mobile number and email address (most written communication with you will be electronic)

§  National Insurance number

§  Details of any criminal convictions other than spent convictions (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974)

§  Employment history (explaining any gaps)

§  Education and dates your qualifications were obtained

§  Current memberships of relevant professional associations/Institutes and dates

§  Name and contact addresses/phone numbers of two referees. We will not contact your referees without your prior permission.


You need to state if you are related to a Board Member, an existing employee or customer of Halton Housing, and if you have any financial interest in the organisation. We also request that you complete the Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form which is attached. If you are invited for interview, you will be asked to bring along evidence of your professional qualifications as described on your CV.


Please also state on your email where you saw the role advertised.


If you would like an informal and confidential discussion before formally expressing your interest, please contact:

Nick Atkin, Group Chief Executive                 07903 594827

Paul Johnson, 3Dk                                          07713 085001


Key dates:

Closing date:                                                   31 October 2017 – 5pm

Final Interviews:                                             21 November 2017


Your application will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

About Halton Housing

Halton Housing is a forward thinking and dynamic not for profit housing association that owns and manages 7,000 homes in the Cheshire towns of Runcorn and Widnes.

We employ over 280 talented members of staff, including 80 specialist trades people in our Construction Services team. Our Board work closely with our Executive Management team to ensure that we meet our promises and main objective – ‘Improving People’s Lives.’

Officially called a registered provider, we formed in December 2005 following the transfer of homes from Halton Borough Council.

Our Board work closely with our Executive Management team to ensure that we meet our promises and main objective – ‘Improving People’s Lives.’


We have achieved a lot and we will continue to Improve People’s Lives in the future.


External changes and better knowledge of our customers has led us to review our approach.


We expect the following trends will continue and have an impact on us: increasing demand for good quality housing, cuts in government spending on welfare and housing, government support for home ownership, the ageing population, rising energy costs and advances in digital technology.


We are developing further our customer insight and want to use this for the benefit of the business & challenge the way we work.