The Centre was set up in 2018, in response to the need for an independent voice to champion the better use of rigorous evidence in preventing and tackling homelessness in its widest sense, going well beyond rough sleeping. The work therefore involves both policy and practice, and working with a range of other organisations and perspectives: we will only achieve our goals by drawing on the expertise both of academics and of people with lived experience of homelessness themselves, and by securing change in both policy and practice across a range of services, i.e. not just the “homelessness sector” itself.
The main role of the board is the classic one of governance: to set the strategy for the organisation, to monitor progress in delivering this, to oversee financial management and risk management, to make sure that the Centre complies with all legal and ethical standards, and to oversee accountability to the wide range of stakeholders.
To complement the skills and experience already on the board, we are looking particularly for members with the following attributes:
- For one role, we want to appoint a current senior leader in work related to homelessness in a local authority – this could be a role in the prevention and addressing of homelessness itself, or in housing or social care or a related service, as a commissioner or in delivery.
- For the other role, we are more open about the background. We want to ensure we are strong at assessing how our activity translates into impact on the ground. So someone with experience of looking constructively and rigorously at performance and impact would be valuable – this might be someone with a background in finance or analysis or operations, but technical skills matter less than mindset.
In addition, we are keen to strengthen the diversity of the board in a number of ways, to ensure we have as wide a range of perspectives as possible to make for better decisions:
- We encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, as these groups are currently underrepresented on the board;
- The same applies to people who have experience of housing insecurity;
- We would like to extend the geographical reach: we would welcome applications from people based in Scotland, where we do quite a bit of work, and within England are particularly interested in people who aren’t London-based.
Please see the attached recruitment pack for full details of the role, including how to apply, or visit the jobs pages of our website.
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