Welcome from the Interim Group Chair

Thank you for expressing an interest in the opportunities available at First Ark Group. We are seeking strong, experienced candidates for our Group Chair Designate position and for up to 10 other Non-Executive Directors.

The Board will have an important role in setting the right culture and framework for success at First Ark Group. The organisation is ambitious; we need a Board who can drive that ambition to deliver great homes and services for tenants and communities in Knowsley.

This is an exciting opportunity, but not for the faint hearted. The organisation has experienced a challenging 12 months. The Board will need to work in partnership with the Executive team, with the right balance of challenge and support to enable successful implementation of our plans for improvement, getting us back to G1 as soon as possible.

We have a new Group Chief Executive, Léann Hearne who will lead the delivery of our improvement and transformation plans. I have every confidence in Léann who is ideally placed to drive the First Ark Group forward, ensuring the business can achieve its mission.

Good governance has never been more important, and we need a Board who can help embed a culture and commitment to deliver excellent homes and services. You’ll need to be able to balance the need for strategic thinking alongside the ability to scrutinise performance and make sure we are putting the needs of our tenants at the heart of everything we do.

We are seeking individuals to join the new Board who can understand the scope of the Group’s activities and govern these effectively, whilst also having a clear focus on the core social housing business. Non-Executives will need to be able to work in a new structure, collaboratively with other members, officers, and stakeholders of the Group. We are looking for a diverse group of individuals motivated by wanting to help First Ark deliver its vision of creating success that changing people’s lives. Collectively the Board will need a good understanding of the regulated housing sector, delivering an excellent landlord and customer service, charitable governance, grant giving and social policy, combined with individuals with a commercial outlook and strong stakeholder engagement skills.

This is a challenging and exciting opportunity. I wish you every success in your application.

Helen White

Helen White
Interim Group Chair

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