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Why become a board member in social housing?

Do you want to make a positive contribution to your community and enhance your personal and career development prospects? Then becoming a board member is for you.

There are almost 550 voluntary board members on housing association boards across Wales who play a vital role in driving the strategic direction of their organisation. Some housing associations offer paid non-executive roles as well.

As a housing association board member, you’d be expected to attend regular board meetings and relevant board member training.

In return you will receive:

  • Experience of a dynamic, innovative sector, which is making a positive impact on people’s lives
  • Personal learning and development opportunities
  • Great networking opportunities and
  • Reimbursement of reasonable expenses.

Board member responsibilities include:

  • defining and ensuring compliance with the organisation’s values and strategic objectives;
  • ensuring that effective systems for evaluating the work of the organisation, internal control, risk management and communication and engagement with service users and stakeholders (including in relation to setting strategic direction) are in place;
  • establishing mechanisms for communication and receiving feedback from the organisation’s stakeholders and shareholders;
  • monitoring the organisation’s performance and service delivery and taking timely corrective action if required;
  • systems are in place to ensure the effectiveness of governance on a regular basis.

CHC’s Code of Governance also sets out the standards and practices that boards must adhere to.