Our offer for board members

How the NHF can support housing association boards to deliver for their organisations and protect the sector’s reputation.

Housing association boards play a key role in making sure that organisations are well run, effective and deliver on their mission. Making sure that board members are supported to do this is important for the reputation of the sector, and for ensuring we can continue to deliver high-quality homes, thriving communities and build stronger relationships with residents.

Housing association boards attract passionate, highly skilled and influential people. But housing is a complex, ever-changing world, and we want to support you as board members to deliver the best for your businesses and customers.

At the NHF, we've been working with board members to identify the key support that they need from us to do this more effectively. 

In 2018, we launched our board member offer, setting out what board members can expect from their organisation’s membership of the NHF. The offer is overseen by our Board Member National Group, which provides strategic input and guidance to ensure the offer meets the needs of board members across the sector. 

Board member events

Board member online forum

Board Bulletin


We will provide strategic insight

We will:

  • Develop your knowledge of the housing sector.
  • Provide opportunities for you to improve your technical skills and expertise.
  • Inform your understanding of the political environment.


  • Board member publications and conferences.
  • Webinars, seminars and workshops on key strategy and business-critical issues.
  • Housing policy and political intelligence updates, including our quarterly Board Bulletin newsletter, launched in December 2018 (email us to sign up).
  • Expert insight and input into board meetings, board away days and wider strategic thinking.

We will help develop your networks

We will:

  • Help you to grow your personal network across the housing sector.
  • Facilitate peer-to-peer learning to share best practice and innovation.
  • Support you to engage key influencers and stakeholders.


  • A programme of free board member events across the country, where you can hear from experts, decision makers and key stakeholders.
  • A dedicated contact point to help you access the information you need, when you need it. You can also contact your local External Affairs Manager for more information about our offer for boards. 
  • Opportunities to network with your peers at local events in every part of the country.
  • An online forum for networking with your peers (please note that a new and improved forum is due to be launched later in 2020).

We will support your ambition

We will: 

  • Inform your strategic thinking with insight and expertise.
  • Influence the Government to create a better environment for housing associations.
  • Support you and your organisation through challenging times.


  • Creating opportunities for you to inform, shape and lead the Federation's influencing work.
  • Expert support and guidance on key business issues.

More info

To discuss our wider strategy on board members, please get in touch. If you want to speak to someone about the support available in your area, please contact your local External Affairs Manager

Who to speak to

Sarah Finnegan, Head of Member Relations