Tony DavisonI am delighted that you are considering the opportunity to join the Board at Great Places and I hope that you’ll have already picked up that we’re an innovative, ambitious and growing housing provider.

We have been providing homes and services to people in need for over 50 years and as we reflect upon our journey we see an organisation that has continued to evolve, pushing at the boundaries of what can be achieved with visionary leadership. We hope that you can also see that our impact has been extraordinary. We have developed thousands of affordable homes and regenerated whole neighbourhoods. We’ve supported hundreds of people into better financial security; helped them achieve their aspirations and improved their lives by supporting them with access to training and jobs. We have corralled communities around common goals and helped people feel connected and proud of where they live.

Despite the numerous challenges along the way we have thrived, and this last year has proven what a crucial role we play in being there with support, practical help and an empathetic ear in the face of adversity. We are passionate about being a Northern housing provider, and proud to be champions for the needs and ambitions of our region.

We are looking forward to welcoming three new colleagues to our Board team. The vacancies have arisen through natural renewal, but it also feels a pertinent time to look at what we stand for as a Board. We are constructive, value good debate and achieve consensus in a way that continues to push us forward. So the roles will suit if you also believe in what a group can achieve when there is a collective sense of shared ambition. Diverse voices around our Board table are especially important to us. We bring different perspectives and lived experiences and would like to continue to stretch ourselves further on this. We currently have an effective balance of board members from private and public sectors backgrounds and wish to maintain this.

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As such, we have thought carefully about how we shape these roles to attract talent that is diverse, appealing to people who want to be a part of a culture that values inclusivity and innovation. For one of the roles a background in social housing/property management is going to be helpful. For the other two roles we do not wish to be prescriptive about professional or sector background. For these vacancies, we see an opportunity to remain open about people’s potential and aptitude to help us achieve an effective blend of skills and experience.

Please read on to find out more how your offer to us aligns with our vision and values, because if it does, we’ll be excited to hear from you. 

Tony Davison
Chair of Great Places Housing Group

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