Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Job Type: Part-Time

Number of Positions: 2 (one with Property Development experience and one with a Human Resources background)

Location of Meetings: 6 Board meetings a year held in and around the Gravesend area

Salary: £2,000 per year (currently under review)

Closing Date: 8th May 2018. Interviews to be held shortly after with the aim of appointing new members to the Board at the AGM on the 25th July 2018.

Job Description
GCHA is a small independent registered provider of social housing operating in Gravesham, Dartford and Maidstone. We are seeking a new Non-Executive Director with senior level experience in each of the following areas:

  1. Housing Association property development and funding
  2. Human Resources

The successful candidates will work with the Chair and other Directors to develop the association’s strategy and direction. The Board meet in the evenings, six times a year and hold at least one strategy away-day which you would be expected to attend.

If you think you have the skills and experience to help shape our future then please email your CV together with a supporting statement to Keely Henderson, Governance and Administration Manager at

Role Profile
Overall Purpose of the Role

The primary role of the Board is to manage the business of Gravesend Churches Housing Association (GCHA), maintain its financial viability and ensure compliance with the law and regulation.

As a Board member, you work in a team to decide the strategic direction of the Association and setting and monitoring plans that improve service to residents.

Key Responsibilities
The key responsibilities apply to all Board members including the Chair, Vice Chair and Committee Chairs, are:

  1. To set GCHA’svision, mission and values.
  2. To participate fully and contribute in the planning of GCHA’s strategic direction, setting objectives and monitoring performance against delivery of the corporate strategy and business plan ensuring that management information provided is fit for purpose.
  3. To acting good faith with care, diligence and skill ensuring that decisions are taken in the best interests of GCHA and in accordance with the law.
  4. To act within the powers of GCHA asset out in its Rules and Governance Handbook.
  5. To declare any conflicts of interest.
  6. To receive and consider reports prepared by management and to constructively question these to ensure that decisions are well founded.
  7. To adequately prepare for, and attend, Board/Committee meetings(as appropriate)and other Board events and take collective responsibility for decisions made and abide by them.
  8. To ensure the financial viability of GCHA through effective business planning and budgeting including the approval of annual revenue and capital budgets, the treasury policy and to ensure that these drive the outcomes set out in the corporate strategy and financial business plan.
  9. To maintain sound financial management of GCHA’s resources ensuring income is maximised, expenditure is minimised and investment activities meet accepted standards and policies.
  10. To drive value for money across all GCHA’s operations and asset base and to seek assurances that GCHA is delivering value for money (economically, socially and environmentally) in an appropriate manner for its business.
  11. To ensure that systems of risk management and control are robust and effective.
  12. To maintain the highest standards of governance and conduct.
  13. To participate in individual and collective Board appraisal and contribute to the identification of personal and collective development needs and to attend development events as required.
  14. To treat Board information and discussions as confidential until advised to the contrary.
  15. To foster good working relationships and shared understandings with other Board members, the executive and the leadership of GCHA.
  16. To ensure that appropriate human resources capacity and capability are in place for GCHA to meet its objectives

Personal Specification
In selecting Board members GCHA wishes to have a Board that comprises individuals who, between them, have the right level and mix of skills and experience necessary to fulfil their role on the Board.