Key Criteria


  • Understanding of legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of being a Non-Executive Board Member
  • Time and commitment to the role
  • Awareness and understanding of diversity and equality issues.

Personal Qualities

  • Good independent judgement
  • Ability to constructively challenge at Board level
  • Ability to mediate
  • Impartiality, fairness and confidentiality
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Respect for others
  • Respected and trusted by other Board Members
  • Effective networking skills and ability to build partnerships
  • Team player
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strategic Vision
  • Creative thinking


  • Leadership
  • Sector experience or related sector
  • Commercial skills
  • Board Membership and governance
  • Good interpersonal
  • The desire and ability to be an ambassador for Saffron
  • An understanding of the housing sector, in particular the issues and challenges facing the sector.

Term of office

  • Three years with a maximum of nine years in office.

Time commitment

  • Seven Board meetings a year Two away days a year.


  • £ 3,727 per annum payable monthly Payment of travelling expenses
  • Learning and development opportunities.

What we expect from a Board member


  • Time and commitment to the role

Personal Qualities

  • Independent judgement
  • Ability to constructively challenge
  • Analytical and meticulous
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Respect for others
  • Respected and trusted by other committee members
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Integrity

General business and organisational skills and experience

  • Strategic management and planning
  • Risk identification and management
  • Change management / organisational development
  • Performance measurement and management
  • Business development / new business
  • General business/commercial management
  • Governance / non-executive leadership / chairing
  • Strategic partnership with other agencies & organisations

Finance and audit

  • Financial strategy, planning and management
  • Treasury management
  • Accounting
  • Audit and the work of Audit Committees
  • Pensions

Corporate Services

  • PR / marketing / communications
  • Information & communications technology strategy & systems
  • Information management / data protection
  • Health and safety
  • Premises / facilities management

Housing, Care and Support, Property and Development

  • Family and general needs social housing
  • Care and support for elderly/vulnerable people
  • Shared ownership and leasehold property
  • Market rent and commercial property
  • Strategic asset management, repairs and maintenance
  • Property development and regeneration, including project appraisal
  • Social housing regulation (or similar regulated sector)
  • Social and housing policy

Customers and communities

  • Provision of customer services
  • Knowledge of areas/ communities served by Saffron
  • Knowledge of residents’ needs and concerns
  • Resident and service user involvement and scrutiny
  • Financial inclusion and/or employment initiatives

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