Are you interested in shaping the way the Federation responds to issues around house building? Are you keen to support the Federation develop ideas to help housing associations deliver more homes, more quickly? Are you passionate about co-creating the ideas that could to improve the sector’s development potential at a time of real change?
It is now widely acknowledged that England’s housing market is broken, as a result of decades of undersupply – and that the solution is to build more homes and to build better homes. The contribution housing associations make to new housing supply is increasingly being recognised – as is their potential to go further. The sector has already its ambition to significantly increase the number of homes it delivers – the key now is to do so.
We are currently recruiting new members for a well-established national member group that will provide strategic input to help shape and inform the Federation’s policy work relating to increasing the supply of high quality homes. The group will support us with advice and insight on:
- housing associations’ appetite and capacity to build new homes
- issues impacting on the delivery of new homes, including access to development finance, the planning system, the availability and affordability of land, build costs and mortgage availability
- ideas to maximise the scale and effectiveness of public and private investment in housing, in a way which boosts supply and improves the functioning of the housing market
- new and innovative ways of investing in affordable housing and unlocking latent capacity across the housing association sector
- exploring ways to more effectively and efficiently deliver new homes, for example the use of offsite manufacturing and joint ventures
- delivering good design and high quality standards cost effectively, including exploring ways to improve how homes are procured and how contractor/client relationships are managed
- risks and opportunities presented by any further devolution of funding and power, including engaging with emerging and established local growth agendashHow to ensure the planning system and land market can be used to maximise housing associations’ delivery of new (affordable) homes
- trends in the wider housing market and a route for early warning of ‘what’s working and what’s not working’ in relation to building new homes, for rent and sale, and identifying barriers and opportunities for the sector.
The group will also have the opportunity to support the Federation with media, campaign and lobbying work as appropriate.
The Delivering Great Homes group is not a governance mechanism, so the onus will be on discussion, debate and engagement, rather than lengthy papers and minutes. You will need to be able to attend a minimum of three of the four core meetings a year. What we will promise you in return is a dynamic space in which to contribute to Federation policy thinking and thought leadership, with high quality facilitation and support from our staff.
Co-creation is at the heart of our work and this is an exciting opportunity to play a part in the life of your trade body and ensure we really understand what will deliver the greatest impact for you. There is no need for the group to be wholly representative, but we are keen to ensure the breadth of our membership is heard and understood, so the more diversity we have the better. Wherever you are based and whatever the size of your association, we’d like to hear from you.
What we are looking for
Applications will be considered by the Federation’s Member and Business Support Manager (Helen Collins) and Policy Leader (Adam Morton). The following factors will be taken into consideration:
- the need to ensure a mix of associations in terms of size and geographical location
- the need for enthusiastic individuals who can contribute to sector leadership across the broad policy areas concerning the group
- expertise and interest in development issues
Meetings and commitment
- You will need to attend at least 3 of the 4 core meetings a year
- Length of term is 3 years in line with our business planning cycle
- Membership is by individual, rather than association, so nominating substitutes for meetings will not be permitted
- The meetings take place at our Lion Court offices in Holborn. We are unable to pay travel expenses unless travel costs are a significant barrier to participation. Please let us know if this is the case.
A note on local development groups
Involvement with one of the Federation’s local development groups is not a pre-requisite for application to the national group, nor is it a barrier. Whatever your current levels of engagement with the Federation, we are interested in receiving your application.
How to apply
To apply to the group, please complete an application form and return to the admin team. Applications will be considered by the panel above, and there will be no interview process. The deadline is Wednesday 27 September at 5pm, and we will be able to notify all candidates of the outcome early the following week.
For an informal chat about the group and its work, feel free to get in touch with: