The Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS) is seeking to expand and strengthen its board of trustees in summer 2021. Our trustees drive our vision to build sustainable communities of genuinely affordable neighbourhoods across London, working with our staff, residents and volunteers.
RUSS is a Community Land Trust building sustainable, permanently affordable and community-led housing in London. We are currently developing a 36-home scheme in Lewisham, driven by a community of future residents. We share the lessons from our project work through the RUSS School of Community-Led Housing. Over 1,000 members and volunteers contribute to our mission, including through helping to design and build our Community Hub in 2019.
Trustees are responsible for ensuring that RUSS fulfils its charitable duties by delivering our on our vision. Trustees set the overall strategic direction of the organisation and monitor performance against objectives to ensure an effective and sustainable organisation.
In addition to attending board meetings every six weeks and two strategic away days each year, trustees bring their energy and commitment to help further RUSS’s mission. Depending on your capacity and interests, this might involve leading projects, sitting on Board sub-committees, managing volunteers or contributing to day-to-day operations like fundraising and communications.
Over the coming years, RUSS trustees will oversee the following key areas of work:
- The delivery of our Lewisham housing project
- The development of a resident-led model of neighbourhood management for the Lewisham scheme
- Strengthening RUSS’s profile both in the housing sector and the local community
- Building RUSS as an organisation, including through recruitment and development of staff and volunteers
- Expanding the work of our School and Community Hub
Who we’re looking for
We’re particularly keen to welcome applicants with experience in any of the following: community engagement, social housing, property management, organisational development, volunteer management, communications, IT and fundraising.
Above all, we want Trustees who are committed to our aims and are willing to put in some real time to help us achieve them!
RUSS seeks to reflect the community it operates in, and would welcome applications from people from ethnic minority groups, women, LGBTQ+ people and people with disabilities.