Chair and Independent Board Member - Red Door Living (Red Door Venture’s Affordable Housing Provider)
location: Stratford, East London
Salary. The roles are Remunerated and expensed

About Red Door Living

There is an increasing pressing need for affordable homes to be delivered in the London Borough of Newham. The Borough has a long waiting list of those requiring homes which is constantly growing. This is an issue recognised by the Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz who made a manifesto commitment to start the construction of 1,000 genuinely affordable homes in the Borough by March 2022. As a result of this focus, LBN achieved the largest GLA grant allocation of all London Boroughs at the end of 2018 (£107m).

Red Door Living’s parent, Red Door Ventures, has an identified programme to deliver around 480 affordable homes. This presents a significant opportunity for growth for Red Door Living, providing always that the investment opportunities align with the company’s strategic objectives, Red Door Living has a unique opportunity to influence and obtain these homes.

The demand for genuinely affordable homes in Newham is real, with a waiting list of around 28,000 people who need a quality place to live. Red Door Living will use its exclusive relationship with Newham to let the homes it delivers to people on the waiting list via a nomination’s agreement. In addition to alleviating the housing pressures in the Borough, the quality of the homes delivered will have significant regeneration benefits and will impact positively on local communities.

Red Door Living’s objective of delivering homes at London Affordable Rent (LAR) will go some way to helping local people access good quality housing at affordable prices.

Overall, there is a great opportunity for Red Door Living to grow in a sustainable way. Red Door Living has immediate access to good quality housing from its parent, RDV, and also has access to the funding required to acquire these homes. Newham is an exciting place to start Red Door Living’s journey and provides ample opportunity for Red Door Living to contribute to fixing the housing crisis in this part of London.

Purpose

Red Door Living’s overriding purpose is to significantly contribute towards increasing the supply of genuinely affordable homes in the London Borough of Newham. Red Door Living’s focus is on providing quality, sustainable homes, fostering strong communities, and building a financially viable business. We will do this through robust governance and in turn, protect public money, assets and the people that reside in our homes.

Vision

Within the next five years, to become widely recognised as a leading social enterprise in Newham and London, with a reputation for providing quality homes and services.

Mission Statement

To build and acquire quality homes in Newham, that shape communities and enrich peoples’ lives.

Values

People First: We are committed to providing our residents with the highest quality of service and the best standard of accommodation possible.

Teamwork & Accountability: We will work tirelessly together to deliver our goals. We are accountable for our individual performance and that of the company.

Continuous Improvement: We will critically assess our performance in order to learn and continuously improve:

• the services we offer;

• the homes we build or acquire;

• how we govern;

• our financial performance

Passion: We are truly passionate about our mission and purpose. We believe that commitment, drive and enthusiasm are essential to achieving our goals of quality service, sustainable growth and long-term success

About the Roles

We are seeking to appoint a new Chair and board members who share our passion and commitment to increasing the supply of genuinely affordable homes in London and to make a difference to our community. This is a very exciting time to join, to help shape Red Door Living shape its future self. Our Stage 2 Application to the Regulator will be submitted in December with a view to registration by 31 March 2020. We are seeking someone who relishes this challenge and is keen for an engaging and long-term journey with us.

In our Chair, we are looking for someone committed to the provision of affordable housing, a champion for innovation and quality in residential development, and who will bring in-depth knowledge of the governance around registered providers. As a Board member you will be someone who thinks strategically; works well in a team and have the ability to support and constructively challenge others. We are also keen to reflect the diversity of our communities.

For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with our advisors at Berwick Partners;

Marek Dobrowolski

Associate Partner

Direct Dial: +44 (0)121 654 5912 / 07793 529576

Email address: marek.dobrowolski@berwickpartners.com

Ruth Hernandez-Turner

Associate

Direct Dial: +44 (0)121 654 5936/ 07811 976392

Email address: Ruth.HernandezTurner@berwickpartners.co.uk

Initial Interviews Tuesday 3rd December

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