Regulator of Social Housing

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government
Central Government
Monday, 28th January 2019
Closing Date:
Sunday, 17th February 2019
Part Time
DBS check:
Credit check:

Job Description

Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is seeking to appoint up to three new non-executive members to the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH).

Those who serve on the Boards of public bodies play a vital role in the life of this country, whether by improving the delivery of public services or providing independent advice to Government. Many people from a wide range of backgrounds across the whole of the UK participate in public life by being members of the Boards of public bodies. They are involved in making decisions that develop, shape or deliver government policy and public services.

The successful candidates will have experience and understanding of how to operate effectively at Board level, and have knowledge of the social housing sector, regulation and finance.


About the role

Strategic clarity

  • Helping to ensure that the Regulator’s activities contribute to the achievement of its statutory objectives;
  • Helping to ensure that the Regulator has long-term capacity and capability and undertakes on-going horizon-scanning;
  • Ensuring strategic decisions are based on a collective understanding of policy issues;
  • Bringing an informed external perspective to challenge and support on delivery of outcomes.

Commercial sense

  • Informing and agreeing distribution of responsibilities between board, committees, and executive;
  • Ensuring sound financial management;
  • Scrutinising the allocation of financial/human resources to the achievement of the corporate plan;
  • Ensuring organisational design supports the attainment of strategic objectives;
  • Setting risk appetite and ensuring appropriate controls are in place to manage risk;
  • Evaluating the performance of the board and board members;
  • Planning for board member succession (within statutory constraints).

Talented people

  • Ensuring the Regulator’s overall capacity and capability to deliver its statutory objectives.

Results focus

  • Shaping the Regulator’s corporate plan and business plans;
  • Monitoring the Regulator’s performance against plans;
  • Agreeing and supporting the Regulator’s corporate standards, culture and values.

Management information

  • Ensuring that clear performance information is used to provide assurance of delivery of statutory objectives within agreed risk appetite, and that budgets are achieved.

Board members are appointed directly by the Secretary of State. There are currently six Board members: Simon Dow (Interim Chair), Richard Moriarty, Ceri Richards, Elizabeth Butler, Paul Smee and Richard Hughes.

The Board is responsible for:

  • Supporting the Chair in establishing the Board’s overall strategic direction in line with its statutory objectives and functions;
  • Helping to ensure that the strategic direction and operation of the Regulator secures and maintains wide confidence in the viability and stability of the social housing sector both within Government, and with the sector’s funders;
  • Operating and exercising the Board’s functions in accordance with the highest standards of conduct and probity, and established good practice in decision making; and promoting the most effective and efficient use of resources.

The Board takes decisions on matters such as:

  • Maintaining and developing the regulatory framework – to keep pace with changing sector risks and ensure an approach that can withstand emerging challenge.
  • Regulatory standards, strategy on the use of registration powers for both non-profit and profit-making organisations.
  • Strategy on enforcement and intervention.
  • Strategy on proactive economic regulation.
  • The use of financial and economic analysis, for example on the risk profile of the sector.
  • Delegation of regulatory functions.
  • Board members must act in accordance with the seven principles of public life. (See page 15)

Person Specification

Essential Criteria and experience for these roles

  • Detailed knowledge of the social housing sector and potential impacts of economic and policy changes
  • Detailed knowledge or understanding of statutory regulation relevant to the social housing sector
  • Director level senior management experience and governance
  • Senior level experience of public sector and interface with government
  • Senior level experience in running an organisation and overseeing change programmes
  • (One candidate) with significant senior level experience of operating in a customer facing environment (ideally in social housing)
  • (One candidate) with senior legal experience – including charity law and regulatory issues
  • (One candidate) with significant senior level experience of a regulatory environment

Desirable criteria and experience for these roles

  • Knowledge of a regulatory environment or housing

How to Apply

To apply for this post please supply the materials below by Midnight 17 February 2019:

1.Curriculum Vitae – including education and professional qualifications and full employment history (max. 3 pages)

2.Covering letter – explaining how you meet both the essential and desirable criteria for the role (max. 3 pages). Please use specific examples from your experience to demonstrate how you meet each essential criteria.

3.Diversity (Equal Opportunities) Monitoring Questionnaire – Annex A

4.Guaranteed interview scheme form – Annex B  (if applicable)

5.Conflict of Interest form – Annex C

6.Other Relevant Information Declaration Form – Annex D

7.List of referees – Annex E (the referees will be approached only if you are shortlisted for interview)

8.Publicity survey – Annex F (please indicate how you heard about this post)

These annexes can be found on the same page as the Candidate Information Pack on the Centre for Public Appointments website.

Please note that the above information and completed forms are required for each application.  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 – see the “Further Information” section below for further details.  Please also 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.

Your completed application should be returned to the MHCLG Public Appointments Team, preferably in Microsoft Word, by email to by Midnight on 17 February 2019.  Please include the reference “ RSH Board Member” in the title of your email.

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