Membership of the Housing SORP Working Party

The Housing SORP Working Party (SWP) is seeking a housing association finance director based in England.

12 December 2017

The Housing SORP making process

SORP making bodies recognised by the Financial Reporting Council have responsibility for developing and issuing sector-specific SORPs. The Housing SORP Making Body (SMB) is responsible for developing and maintaining the Housing SORP to address issues in the UK accounting framework relevant to housing associations. The Housing SWP is responsible for advising the Housing SMB on issues arising from the UK accounting framework relating to housing associations, and for carrying out the detailed work involved in developing and maintaining the Housing SORP.

The respective responsibilities of the Housing SWP and SMB, including terms of reference, can be found on the Housing SORP governance page of our website.

What are we looking for?

The Financial Reporting Council’s policy and code of practice on SORPs requires that participants in the SORP making process are fully representative of the housing sector – they should include independent members representing the wider public interest, and where possible, users of financial statements.

Consequently, membership of the SORP working party bodies has been drawn to ensure that they:

  • possess an understanding of the housing association business model across the UK and the Republic of Ireland
  • have sufficient technical accounting expertise
  • include principal users of housing association financial statements.

The Housing SWP currently consists of 17 voting members – 11 senior housing association finance staff and six professional advisors.

Voting members will be selected in a fair and transparent way – the Technical Advisor to the SWP, the SWP Chair, a member of the SWP, and a member of Federation staff will take part in the selection process and ensure consistency in the process. The SMB will approve the final selection.

How to apply

To apply, please submit a CV and a covering letter. Applications will be considered by the selection panel and there will be no interview process.

Deadline for SWP applications

The deadline for SWP applications is close of business on Monday 12 February 2018. We will notify all candidates of the outcome by the week ending 22 February 2018.

Please note that the first SWP meeting after completion of this recruitment process will take place on Tuesday 13 March 2018.

For an informal chat about the SWP and its work, please contact John Butler, Finance Policy Leader (020 7067 1177).