Overview

The Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government is seeking to appoint five new Board Members to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) Board.

The HCA is the Government’s housing delivery agency. It is a Non Departmental Public Body within the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). It was established on 1 December 2008 following the merger of the investment arm of the former Housing Corporation with the regeneration activities of the former English Partnerships.

The Agency has the following corporate priorities, which flow from the DCLG Single Departmental Plan:

  1. Driving up housing supply
  2. Increasing home ownership
  3. Supporting the Government devolution agenda to support local growth
  4. Engaging with the market and delivery partners
  5. Delivering effective regulation of social housing
  6. Ensuring it has the systems, processes, management and governance in place to meet delivery targets and manage budgets
  7. Ensuring it has the resource, skills and leadership to deliver

Housing is a key priority for Government – the last Spending Review prioritised housing by doubling the housing budget from 2018-19, setting the most ambitious plan since the 1970s to build homes. The HCA is the government’s agency responsible for delivering these housing ambitions and the scale and portfolio of the agency is now unprecedented. It is a major investment business with responsibility for over £20bn investments and guarantees in housing and land. Examples of programmes funding by this investment include: support to increase the number of starter homes; Help to Buy schemes; long-term infrastructure funding to unlock homebuilding on brownfield land in the longer term; the Affordable Rent programme; and estates regeneration.

The HCA also manages a diverse portfolio of 1,700 land and property assets, comprising more than 11,000 ha of landholdings.

The HCA employs around 730 people, with an annual operating budget in 2016/17 of £80 million. The HCA has principal offices in London, Warrington, Manchester, Leeds, Gateshead, Bristol, Birmingham, Nottingham, Bedford and Cambridge.

The responsibilities of the Board include:

  • Leading the HCA through a period of crucial change as the organisation responds to a fast-moving policy environment.
  • Establishing the overall strategic direction of the HCA to deliver the corporate priorities and targets approved by the Secretary of State, within the policy and resources framework agreed with DCLG.
  • Holding the HCA’s management to account for the effective use of public funds, value for money and achieving Ministers’ priority objectives and targets.
  • Setting strategy and risk management policy for the investment portfolio in line with the Department’s risk appetite, receiving regular reports on the performance of the portfolio and exercising a challenge function of the investment unit.
  • Overseeing the delivery of the Agency’s public land role, plus programmes and projects to deliver housing.
  • Overseeing the advancement and recovery of equity and loans to support housing development.
  • Ensuring that the HCA’s affairs are conducted with probity and that high standards of corporate governance are observed at all times.

The successful candidate should be well informed about the HCA and the environment in which it operates. A proven track record of dealing with Government would be highly beneficial. Due to the increasingly commercial and evolving environment in which the HCA operates, the candidate must be able to demonstrate strong commercial and financial acumen.

Essential Criteria

  • Evidence of strong business acumen.
  • Substantial commercial background, ideally including experience of property and land.
  • Strong understanding of governance and risk.
  • Strong analytical skills evidenced in property development, finance or economic development.
  • Experience in some or all of the following areas: surveying; construction; mixed use developments; house building; finance; regeneration; joint ventures and bespoke delivery vehicles; planning and credit risk.

Desirable Criteria

  • Track record of ensuring effective governance for high profile organisations, and management of organisations, particularly during a process of change.
  • A good understanding of current housing market issues, including the delivery of both private rented and affordable housing.
  • An understanding of the decision-making processes within public sector organisations.
  • Professional qualifications and/or practical experience such as, but not limited to accountancy, chartered surveying and quantity surveying.

 

All candidates are required to complete and submit the following:

A Curriculum Vitae which include your education and professional qualifications and full employment history (no more than 3 pages).
Covering letter explaining how you meet both the essential and desirable criteria for the role (no more than 3 pages) – please refer to the person specification section of this candidate pack
Diversity (Equal Opportunities) Monitoring Questionnaire – Annex A
Guaranteed interview scheme form – if applicable – Annex B
Conflict of Interest form – Annex C
Other Relevant Information Declaration Form – Annex D
List of referees – Annex E (The referees will be approached only if you are shortlisted for interview)
Publicity survey – Annex F

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