We’re Abri, a housing association based in the south of England. One of the largest in fact. We've got 35,000 homes and 1,500 colleagues. And if all our 80,000 residents lived in the same place, we’d have a town roughly the size of Guildford.
We’re a passionate bunch. We think we can make a real difference. Homelessness, poverty, inequality, a lack of affordable housing. They’re all linked. They’re issues that affect so many, young and old alike. And we don’t think that’s right. We want to give people the chance to dream big and be who they want to be. Homes are at the heart of everybody’s lives. And we exist to help make good homes, and good lives a reality for everyone.
We’ve all got different backgrounds, strengths and experiences. But we share the same values. It’s these shared values that bring us together as one team.
Our colleagues embrace these every day. Be the difference to our customers and colleagues, always curious and look for better solutions, achieve together by working in partnership with others, own it openly through working with others in an open and honest way, and finally embrace possibility and see changes and challenges as welcomed opportunities.
If you share our values and want to make a real difference in the world, you’re on to a winner and we’d love to hear from you!
Your new role
We're looking for a proactive, innovative and people orientated individual to undertake the role of Head of Governance within our Governance team.
You'll have experience of working in a regulated environment, a strong understanding of governance and best practice with a sound knowledge of applicable legislation. You'll also have a good understanding of the uniqueness of the housing sector and how we are governed and regulated. You'll be CGI or legally qualified, although we will consider experience as well as qualifications.
We're looking for someone who understands the importance of governance being the perfect mixture of both people and processed, someone who is confident in disseminating governance and regulatory information to the Directors and Executive Board. You'll also be highly collaborative and work alongside the business to ensure continued high standards of governance are delivered.
You'll be highly literate and have the emotional intelligence to read a room, to be able to converse with Non-Executive Directors and Executive Directors as well as other key stakeholders. It's essential that you are used to working in a confidential environment and respect commercial sensitivities. You will also have experience of managing a team.
This is an excellent opportunity for an individual that views governance as more than tick box, someone who wants to get under the skin of the organisation to ensure that good governance continues to flow throughout the organisation. You'll report into the Group Company Secretary, an individual who has a strong sector reputation of being progressive and innovative. You'll join us at an exciting time as we continue to integrate and streamline the governance arrangements post-partnership.
You'll be responsible for leading the Governance team; the team is dynamic, enthusiastic and work at a fast pace and have ambitions to be a sector leading Governance team. The team are highly empowered to deliver high standards of governance within the formal governance arrangements and within the wider organisation.
You'll be expected to work in an agile manner covering all our locations.
If you feel you have the experience, skills and attitude, we want to hear from you.
What you can expect from us
We want our colleagues at all levels to be bold, inspiring and not afraid to speak up and be their authentic selves.
Your wellbeing is really important to us, so you can expect a competitive reward package to ensure you and your family are supported at work and at home. You’ll receive 28 days of annual leave a year (pro-rata for our part time colleagues) with Bank Holidays on top as well as being entitled to our generous pension scheme.
We’ll work with you to help you reach your goals through personal development plans and our in-house People Development team.
Depending on your role you may need to work a set shift pattern, or you may have greater flexibility to choose when and where you work. Either way, we strive to ensure all colleagues have a degree of flexibility to attend life’s important events.
Abri is committed to promoting an inclusive culture. We want our colleagues to bring their individual differences, life experiences and knowledge into the workplace and we welcome their contribution to our amazing company. Everyone is different, everyone is unique.
Interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams.
To our agency friends
We already have a number of carefully selected agency partners who know our business well and who support our in-house recruitment team during exceptionally busy periods. We’re not looking to add to our preferred supplier list right now but if you’d like to be considered at a future date please don’t hesitate to register on our procurement portal.