Chair - Homes England

Body: Homes England
Appointing Department: Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities
Sector: Business, Finance & Skills
Location: National
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £95,000 per annum
Time Requirements: Up to 2 days a week


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

The Rt Honourable Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, has appointed Peter Freeman as Chair of the Homes England Board, for a 3 year term, commencing on 23 October 2020 and ending on 22 October 2023.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    13/06/2020 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Homes England Chair will be vital in leading the Agency and the Board through a substantial period of change. The organisation and the Government will look to the Chair to shape the strategy of the Board at pace to drive the delivery of the homes the country needs.

Key Responsibilities

The Chair will be responsible for the proper running of the Homes England Board. They will guide and influence the Agency at a strategic level providing confident, clear and consistent leadership. They will also lead the Agency’s relationship with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, who they will meet on a regular basis.

The Chair will act as an ambassador for the Board and for Homes England, helping to build and develop collaborative strategic partnerships that support and promote Homes England’s core mission. The successful candidate will influence and network with key decision makers and stakeholders and explain how the organisation is transforming.

The Chair of the Homes England Board is expected to operate within the relevant standards and duties, including the Corporate governance code for central government departments, Managing Public Money and other relevant Cabinet Office guidance. These represent relevant benchmarks for good practice in corporate governance.

As the Chair of Homes England, there would be further organisation specific governance documents that would be expected to operate within, including the 2018 Framework Document with MHCLG. The Chair is responsible to the Secretary of State and for ensuring to support their wider strategic policies.

Further information is provided in the attached Candidate Brief.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • Comprehensive experience at Board level as a Chair or non-executive of a large organisation supporting, challenging and holding to account a strong executive team and conveying confidence in the organisation’s capability to deliver on its objectives.
  • Extensive experience of stakeholder engagement in public facing positions, with proven influencing and networking abilities with diverse and high-profile key decision makers.
  • Ability to show evidence of excellent judgement and ability to assimilate a range of perspectives and evidence.
  • Proven track record of leadership within organisations of at least comparable scale and complexity.
  • Strong commercial experience, along with notable financial and risk management acumen.
  • A passion and enthusiasm for working with Government in meeting the challenges of the housing market.

Desirable Criteria

  • Evidence of leading organisational transformation
  • Understanding of large-scale digital change programmes
  • Experience in the housing (including social housing), infrastructure and/ or development sectors

How to Apply

To apply for this post please supply the materials below:

Your completed application should be in Word format and include the following:

Part 1: CV & Covering Letter – CV should include education and professional qualifications and full employment history (max. 3 pages).  Covering Letter should explain how you meet the essential and desirable criteria for the role (max. 3 pages). Please use specific examples from your experience to demonstrate how you meet any of the essential criteria.

We would prefer Part 1 to be provided online via email to:

If you are unable to apply online, please email Please include the reference “Homes England, Chair” in the title of your email

Part 2: Further Information – To process your application MHCLG require all candidates to provide the information requested online at:

Please note that Part 2 information should be submitted to the Public Appointments Unit in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government via the below links.

Further Information Form

Diversity Monitoring Form

Information is also available from the MHCLG Public Appointments Unit at

Please note that both Parts of your application are required for it be considered.

We cannot accept information and forms submitted with previous applications because your circumstances may have changed in the meantime and some of this information will be specific to the post being applied for.

Please note that the initial assessment of your suitability against the role criteria will be made only from the evidence you set out in your covering letter and CV.

Homes England MHCLG Public Appointments Further Information Form
73517_Candidate_Brief - Final version
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