Do you wish to join a local, ambitious housing association that is making a positive difference to people’s lives?

West Herts Homes was formed in May 2019, succeeding Cherry Tree Housing Association which had been providing homes for vulnerable people since 1975. We are based in Hemel Hempstead. During the forthcoming year we aim to increase the number of homes that we manage, and we will be offering services to a wider client group.

In 2018, we were included at position 39 in the Top 50 Landlords In The UK. 

Our current Chair will be standing down from the Board in July 2020. We are now seeking candidates who feel they have the skills and experience to become our next Chair. We also wish to recruit new members to the Board, who can offer relevant skills and experience to the running of a small housing association and who can help us build relationships across the communities where we work.  

Induction and ongoing training are provided. At present, Board members are not remunerated, but the Chair receives a small stipend, and reasonable expenses are paid for attending meetings. 

A recruitment pack is available from Liz Kelvin on 01442 244484, or at should be returned by no later than 7 November 2019.  

Meetings will be arranged for candidates who are shortlisted for interview in mid November 2019.



West Herts Homes

The role of the Chair is as follows:

  • To establish a constructive working relationship with and to provide support for the Chief Executive and staff team and to ensure the Board as a whole works in partnership with them
  • To ensure the efficient conduct of the Board’s business and of the Association’s general meetings
  • To report to the Annual General Meeting, on issues and highlights during the preceding year 
  • To ensure that Board members are given the opportunity to express their views, and that appropriate standards of conduct and behaviour are maintained as set out in the NHF’s code of conduct
  • To ensure that the Board delegates sufficient authority to any committees, the Chair, the staff and others to enable the business of the Association to be carried out effectively between meetings of the Board and also to ensure that the Board monitors the use of these delegated powers
  • To ensure that the Board receives professional advice when it is needed, either from its staff or from external sources
  • To ensure that the Association follows the recommendations of the NHF Code of Governance, subject to any exceptions agreed by the Board
  • To be an ambassador for WHH and to represent the Association externally as appropriate
  • To take decisions delegated to the Chair
  • Working in consultation with other Board members, to ensure proper arrangements to appraise the performance of the staff and to determine their remuneration
  • To lead on the appraisal process to ensure proper and appropriate arrangements for the overall Board appraisal and that of individual Board Members, including the Chair and Vice Chair
  • To ensure the Board has a succession plan for future Board membership
  • To lead in ensuring that the Board is kept abreast of relevant changes in law and practice and of the environment in which the Association operates
  • To ensure that all new members receive appropriate induction training and that effective arrangements are made for the development of the skills experience and knowledge of all Board members on an ongoing basis
  • To ensure the Board is accountable to the Association’s regulators


Board recruitment, Autumn 2019

Background Information For Candidates

What are we looking for?

Board Requirements:

WHH is committed to having a Board with a mix of knowledge, skills, and experience which are relevant to the range, size, and complexity of its business.

Skills, Abilities, and Experience required by all members:

  • Ability to assimilate, analyse and scrutinise reports and data, determine key issues, and make balanced judgements
  • Excellent communication skills including listening and questioning and the ability to summarise key points in discussions
  • The ability to contribute to the development of WHH’s strategy
  • The ability to distinguish between non-executive and executive roles
  • Be able to network and communicate with people from all backgrounds
  • A good understanding of the communities within which WHH operates 

To be effective, all Board members should:

  • Prepare for meetings and commits sufficient time to role
  • Commit to the mission and values of WHH 
  • Achieve the right balance of challenge and support for the staff
  • Use appropriate communication styles for Board meetings 
  • Work collaboratively with peers and the staff team 
  • Take collective responsibility and support collective decisions
  • Keep up to date with changes in the environment in which WHH operates

We expect all Board members to:

  1. Show commitment to and support for WHH’s Vision and Values
  2. Contribute to the development of strategy using skills, knowledge, and experience, from their areas of expertise
  3. Ensure that the Board and the Association as a whole acts in the best interests of WHH’s residents and other stakeholders
  4. Understand the key risks for the business and ensure that that there are adequate plans to mitigate them
  5. Oversee scrutiny of WHH’s success in delivering its plans, objectives, performance standards, and service quality
  6. Satisfy themselves that information provided to the Board is relevant, timely, and accurate and that appropriate schemes of delegation, and systems of  control are in place to meet statutory and regulatory requirements
  7. Maintain the highest standards of personal professional integrity and conduct and be prepared to report any suspected breach of the relevant codes of conduct to the Chair and Company Secretary
  8. Keep up to date with changes in the environment in which WHH operates and which may impact on the Association
  9. Contribute to regular reviews of the effectiveness of WHH governance arrangements to ensure continuing relevance and high standards
  10. Help represent WHH to external partners, and support the development of good and appropriate professional relationships 
  11. Demonstrate a commitment to equality and diversity 
  12. At all times, be committed to the highest standards of governance 


Board recruitment, Autumn 2019

Information For Candidates  -  How To Apply 

Please read all the supporting documentation that has been provided.

Application is by:

  • Submitting a CV, of no more than 3 sides of A4,


  • Providing a brief supporting statement, of no more than 1 side of A4, stating clearly why you wish to join WHH’s Board and what you feel you can contribute to WHH
  • Candidates who wish to be considered for the position of Chair, should also give details of how they would approach the role; why they believe they would be a good candidate; and details of previous experience of chairing a board, a committee, or other role where effective leadership was required
  • Please submit your application to Liz Kelvin, by no later than 7 November 2019, by email to, or by hard copy to:


Private and Confidential

Liz Kelvin

Office Manager and PA to the Chief Executive

West Herts Homes Limited

Enterprise House

Maxted Road

Hemel Hempstead