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About the organisation

Amber Housing is a subsidiary of Ambient Support. We specialise in providing housing for adults with learning disabilities or mental health needs. Whilst a subsidiary of Ambient Support we work with other support providers too. This ensure that our customers have a home that enables them to receive the necessary support to live their lives successfully and thrive. 


We operate mainly in London, Lincolnshire and Norfolk but are looking to grow across other areas. We own some of our own properties but predominately manage properties on behalf of social landlords or private landlords.

 

The association is formed for the benefit of the community. Its objects shall be to carry on for the benefit of the community: the business of providing housing, accommodation, and assistance to help people and providing associated facilities and amenities for the support of aged, disabled, physically and mentally impaired or chronically sick people, and any other charitable object that can be carried out by a Community Benefit Society.

 

Amber Housing is passionate about the difference housing can make to people’s lives. The principles of affordable, safe, secure and comfortable housing remain at the heart of all we do now and in the future.


Amber Housing’s ambition is to be recognised as one of UK’s leading facilities and housing management providers working with vulnerable people in innovative and sustainable ways.

About the role

By 2025 Amber Housing will increase its range of services, partner with more support

providers and significantly increase its property development activity in order to offer a

greater range of housing options for vulnerable individuals.


In line with these aims we are looking to maintain the number of members and enrich the

skills of the Board.


We are looking for people who are willing to challenge and take risks but who also embody and share our values which are aligned with those of Ambient Support. Board members need to behave with integrity, seek to inspire, respect diversity and value inclusiveness.We are an inclusive and diverse organisation and we wish to ensure that the way in which we manage our business does not exclude excellent people from joining us in our work. 


We anticipate that you will make an annual commitment to attend bi-monthly meetings plus ad-hoc meetings. Meetings are currently held towards the end of the working day although sometimes they are during working hours. 


The Board meets virtually and has found this new way of working very effective and convenient for members. IT support will be made available to members. 


There are normally two Group Board Away Days during the year which provide the opportunity to work and network with Ambient Support Trustees, and a strategic away day for Amber Housing. 


Being assured of the quality of the work of Amber will require members to undertake occasional visits to Amber Housing’s properties and service locations. 


This role is also looking for someone to represent Amber Housing on the Group Finance Committee otherwise known as BIFPA.

 

Amber Housing has charitable objects and is a registered society, registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefits Societies Act 2014.


Board Members have a responsibility for corporate governance of the society. In addition to its Rules, Amber Housing has adopted the National Housing Federation Code of Governance which sets out the standards Amber Housing will meet.


Board Members have a responsibility to:

• Ensure the organisation operates effectively, efficiently and economically, with a culture

that is positive, and focused on the needs of those it serves and other customers and

stakeholders.

• Provide oversight, direction and constructive challenge to the organisation’s chief

executive and other executives.

• Satisfy itself as to the integrity of financial information, and setting and approving each

year’s budget, business plan and annual accounts prior to publication.

• Oversee and regularly review delegations to committees and staff.

• Oversee control and risk management frameworks in order to safeguard the assets,

compliance and reputation of the organisation.

• Hold to account the organisation’s committees and staff for the exercise of any powers

delegated to them.

Our ideal candidate

We are seeking applications from individuals who have:

• Senior management operational/strategic experience from the private, charitable or

voluntary sector, preferably within a business with a turnover of £2M or above covering

the environment and sustainability

• An awareness and interest in housing, health & adult social care, social enterprise and

the role of the third sector in providing services.

• An empathy or understanding of the needs of disabled people and those who are

vulnerable and disadvantaged and in need of care & support.

• An understanding of quality & safety, service development and service procurement.

• An ability to interact at Board level and offer objective, reasoned advice and comment.

• An appreciation of the role of inclusion, equal opportunities and diversity and how these

should be applied.

• Competence in the use of and access to IT in order to access documents and to

participate in meetings is essential.

What’s in it for you

You can make a difference to all the individuals we support by bringing your skills, experience and enthusiam to our Board. 


Our organisation impacts individuals in a positive way every single day and when you see or meet our customers you can see the joy their lives bring and we contribute to this by giving them a safe and stable home environment.

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Amber Housing

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4 Jul 2024

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