Homes England Board - Up to 3 Non-Executive Directors

Body: Homes England
Appointing Department: Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities
Sector: Communities
Location: National
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial
Number of Vacancies: Up to 3
Remuneration: £24,984 per annum
Time Requirements: Maximum 3 days per month


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

The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities appointed four new Members to the Board of Homes England. Patricia Ritchie CBE, Mark Henderson and Lord Ian Austin of Dudley have been appointed for 3 years commencing on 24 February 2022 and ending on 23 February 2025. Lesley-Ann Nash has been appointed for 3 years commencing on 28 February 2022 and ending on 27 February 2025.

Date: 15/03/2022

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    15/03/2022 at 13:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Non-Executive Directors have corporate responsibility for ensuring that Homes England fulfils the overall aims and objectives set out in legislation as well as the mission and objectives it has been set by the Secretary of State. Non-Executive Directors also have responsibility for ensuring that Homes England complies with any statutory or administrative requirements for the use of public funds and assets. Non-Executive Directors responsibilities include:

  • ensure that Homes England delivers its Strategic Objectives within the policy and resources parameters set by the Secretary of State;
  • hold the Chief Executive to account for the effective and efficient delivery of the strategic and annual business plans and for the day-to-day management, delivery and performance of Homes England;
  • ensure that effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance to the Board and MHCLG on risk management, governance and internal control;
  • ensure that any statutory or administrative requirements for the use of public funds are complied with; that the Board operates within the limits of its statutory authority and any delegated authority agreed with MHCLG, and in accordance with any other conditions relating to the use of public funds;
  • approve Homes England’s Annual Report and Accounts; 
  • oversee production and retain oversight of Homes England’s Risk Appetite Statement and Risk Management Framework;
  • set performance objectives and remuneration terms linked to these objectives for the Chief Executive, which give due weight to the proper management, use and utilisation of public resources; 
  • act as a champion for the work and role of Homes England at public events and meetings, taking on a specific champion role for priority topics as required and advise on the effective wider management of stakeholders.

Person Specification

We are looking for up to 3 candidates who have credibility and stature as a strategic leader – former Chairs, Chief Executive Officers, Group Finance Directors or equivalent senior level  – in organisations of scale and complexity.  

All candidates must demonstrate, in their CV and supporting letter, how they meet the selection criteria for the roles, through their knowledge, skills and experience. 

​Essential Criteria:

  • Prior non-executive experience is not a requisite, but you must bring a demonstrable record at a senior level, where there has been significant exposure to a non-executive board. 
  • An excellent understanding of governance particularly in relation to the role of the Board in overseeing the performance of organisations, and holding the executive to account for meeting its strategic objectives.  You will have credibility and stature as a strategic leader in organisations of scale and complexity. 
  • Excellent commercial acumen and strong analytical skills, gained from leading organisations in these sectors. 
  • A passion and enthusiasm for working with Government in meeting the challenges of the housing market.​​

We are looking to appoint up to 3 posts. You must have experience in one of the following areas:

  • Experience of leading in the housebuilding/developer sectors. You will have gained a strong understanding and experience of corporate governance as either Chair of an Audit Committee or as a Chief Financial Officer, or an equivalent role and level; OR
  • Experience of the challenges involved in affordable housing and delivering the Government’s ambition to ‘level up’, gained from leading in either the local government or affordable housing sectors; OR
  • Experience gained in a major construction company or major firm of engineers / project managers / consultants that support the construction sector.

Additional Information

Homes England is a ‘non-departmental public body’ sponsored by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. 

Homes England is an agile, commercial organisation that can collaborate in a unique way between Government and the public and private sectors. We’re unified by our determination to embrace this crucial opportunity to help solve one of the country’s most intractable domestic policy issues. 

Just as the agency has built its capabilities and expertise to meet the challenges it was created to address new priorities have come to the fore – from design quality to net zero to the future of our towns and cities. It is paramount for the agency to show leadership and work collaboratively with industry and Whitehall to ensure homes and communities are built to address the challenges the country will face in the 21st Century. 

How to Apply

Please complete this application form and diversity monitoring form:

Please submit the required documentation to by Thursday 12th August 2021. If not provided your application will not be taken forward. Late applications will not be considered.

Please ensure you include ‘Homes England – Non-Executive Director’ as the subject line of your email.
Please note: it is your responsibility to ensure we receive all parts of your application by the closing date.

  • Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages) include your education, professional qualifications and full employment history. In the same document please submit a Supporting Letter (maximum 2 pages). Please tailor, setting out your suitability for the role(s) and how you meet the Selection Criteria. We suggest you use specific examples to demonstrate how you meet the Criteria.
  • Application Form and Diversity Information. This is an online form. You should declare any potential issues including conflicts of interest (perceived, potential or actual), this includes your personal or professional history that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued, cause embarrassment to the Homes England/MHCLG or HM Government, or cause public confidence in the appointment to be jeopardised. The Panel will explore your declarations during the interview process. Failure to disclose such information could result in an appointment either not being made or being terminated.
    Candidates should note that ‘due diligence’ will be carried out as part of the assessment process and will be shared with the Panel and Ministers. You should expect this to include searches of previous public statements on social media, blogs and/or other publicly available information.
    You will receive an automated acknowledgement of your application.
  • Please note that your application will not be considered if all documents are not provided.
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