Director of People and Innovation

South Wales, with opportunities for flexible and remote working
c. £78,030 per annum
22 Mar 2021
22 Apr 2021
Full Time
Organisation Type
Housing association / RP

This newly established role provides an exciting opportunity for a skilled, experienced and strategic HR/OD professional to make a huge difference and support Trivallis on its journey of transformational change and improvement to build a thriving organisation and culture through its people. If you want the opportunity to add value this is the role for you.

About us

We as an organisation are proud to provide homes for thousands of people within our communities, we are one of the largest housing associations in Wales and provide 10,000 homes and a diverse range of services to our residents, their families and communities. We employ 500 staff working across a range of locations in Rhondda Cynon Taff.

We have a Vision of ‘prosperous people and places’ and as an organisation understand the importance of looking after our employees, and developing a workforce dedicated to achieving this ambition supported by strategies to continuously improve people processes.

We are committed to supporting our staff to work flexibly and would offer the successful candidate the opportunity to work flexibly to blend home and office working.

Are you looking for a career where you can make a real difference to the quality of people’s lives and our services? Come and join Trivallis on this exciting journey.

About the Role

Working closely with our Senior Leadership Team and supporting our Executive Team and Board, you will provide strategic leadership to our People and Innovation teams, responsible for developing and implementing our people and innovation strategies. We are looking for a skilled and experienced HR/OD leader with a strong track record in HR, organisational development, change management, culture, and learning and development. You will be able to continuously improve people and organisational processes to support the delivery of our vision, values and strategic objectives with a real passion for people engagement, cultivating teams and delivering amazing innovation. You will play a lead role in driving a high performance culture to support business growth that will enable the organisation to attract, develop and harness the right people.

About you

With a strong track record of senior HR or people leadership roles you will lead from the front and be a strategic thinker with the ability to drive and deliver change. You will have a flair, creativity, and have a real desire to make a difference and put our tenants at the centre of all we do. This role will have exposure to all aspects and levels of the business therefore you will need to be able to communicate effectively at all levels both internally and externally. Someone who can build relations, be a trusted advisor, able to coach and counsel at all levels, with the credibility to influence change, and can challenge norms and encourage different perspectives.

You will have the skills to inspire and motivate a team of hard-working and passionate individuals, you will know how to get the best from them, even when the schedules are tight, and the demands are high.

You will need to be a relational, emotionally intelligent, creative, approachable and energetic leader of people, who relates strongly to our vision and values and is passionate about putting people at the heart of everything we do.  Experience of working with Boards would be advantageous.

The ideal candidate will hold a degree or equivalent, with a relevant professional qualification, such as a Master’s in Human Resource Management or a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.


We are committed to ensuring Trivallis is a great place to work. We are constantly reviewing the benefits that we offer to our workforce. As well as aiming to achieve a positive culture we offer a competitive pay and benefits package to all Trivallis employees, some of which are listed below:

  • A generous 33-day annual leave entitlement plus bank holidays.
  • Local Government Defined Pension scheme, with 17% employer contribution.
  • Health Shield Cash Back plan for you and your family.
  • Flexible and remote working.
  • Learning and development programme where we invest in your personal development.
  • Opportunity to be involved in facilitating the diversity and inclusivity across Trivallis.
  • Volunteering and giving back to our communities through our Time for Change programme.

If you have the right skills and experience for the Director of People and Innovation role, if you share our values, and if you want to contribute to our vision, we’d love to hear from you!

How to Apply

To support in the search and appointment of this role, we have exclusively retained Goodson Thomas, an Executive Search consultancy.

For an informal discussion about the role, and for details of how to apply please contact the Goodson Thomas team on 029 2167 4422 or

To apply, please submit your CV and supporting covering letter via the Goodson Thomas website ( and quote reference 0294-GT-THA when submitting your application.

All applications will be acknowledged.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon, Thursday 22nd April 2021.

Final panel interviews will be held on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st May 2021.