Outgoing NHF chief executive David Orr has used one of his last diary engagements to tell future sector leaders: “If all you have on your board are people like me, then you are missing out on such a range of other talent.”
Orr, who steps down at the NHF conference next week, urged Raising Roofs – the leadership development programme that prepares future leaders for the boardroom – to build on boosting diversity in governance.
Raising Roofs concluded its first cohort this month at Peabody’s office with presentations by the participants in front of an invited audience including Chief Executives of the participating social landlords, the programme’s facilitators and other senior figures from the housing sector.
Orr told the room that boards needed those who were “ bold and courageous enough” to ask the challenging questions.
“If all you have on your board are people like me, then you are missing out on such a range of other talent, expertise, knowledge, background, influence and different ways of looking at the world,” he said.
Victor da Cunha, Chief Executive of Curo Group, who sent two participants onto the programme, said: “We get individuals that know about effective governance and bring this back into the workforce, and when they are going about their daily jobs can understand how they fit into the organisation’s purpose and mission.”
Raising Roofs receives sponsorship from the National Housing Federation and leading social housing law firm Winckworth Sherwood.
A second programme is set to start in January.