Henderson highlights value of ‘new talent’ to boards

“Boards need to be authentic, accountable and ambitious for the future.”

Kate Henderson 1 at Raising Roofs final day 050619

NHF chief executive Kate Henderson highlighted the value of “new talent” on boards in saluting a project promoting just that.

Henderson (pictured) was special guest at the presentations event for Raising Roofs – the programme preparing future housing leaders for the boardroom.

There, Henderson spoke of the importance inherent in Raising Roofs nurturing and developing board ready talent and promoting diversity of thought and ideas.

“Having the right leadership on boards is fundamental, boards need to be authentic, accountable and ambitious for the future of our organisations,” she said.

In the invited audience were Chief Executives of the participating social landlords, the programme’s facilitators and other senior figures from the sector.

Ijay Onyechi of Peabody, said the programme doesn’t just teach what is expected of board members, “It gives you the confidence that you do have something to offer to a board”.

Natalie Swales of Devonshires Solicitors said there isn’t a rule book for being a board member, but Raising Roofs gave participants a flavour of what it means to be a board member.

“The participants’ experience and passion for good governance will drive real change,” she said.

Gail Teasdale, Chief Executive of Broadacres which had two participants on the programme said, “It’s been fantastic for them, not just from a personal learning point of view but also for the organisation”.

Raising Roofs is endorsed by the NHF and d sponsored by leading social housing law firm Winckworth Sherwood and property consultants JLL.

Raising Roofs’ third programme is set to start in October.

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