Board Recruitment

Would you like to join the Board of a housing association that provides homes for families and single people in need in Southeast London?

Location and time commitment

Board meetings are held four times a year for two hours in the evenings in their office in the London Borough of Lewisham. There are also up to three committee meetings per year (remote) and two away days.

London Borough of Lewisham, Hybrid. You will be expected to be available for formal and informal conversation with fellow Board members and with the staff team between these meetings, as required based on the needs of the organisation.

The overall time commitment is approx. one-two days per month.


These are unremunerated Board roles. All reasonable expenses are paid.


Three years with a possibility of renewal to another three years

Board member opportunities

CHISEL is a neighbourhood housing association based in the southeast of England, the majority of which are in southeast London. We are seeking up to six Board members to lead the association confidently through the next year and beyond.  We are looking for people who are first, passionate about social housing and resident participation and second, enthusiastically optimistic with the ability to bring extensive experience and skills to work with our committed colleagues and Board teams.

In particular, CHISEL requires Board members who between them or in combination will provide the following:

  • Strategic finance and risk expertise in a regulated environment (though not necessarily a qualified accountant)
  • Asset management/development expertise in the housing sector
  • Change management in a small to medium housing association or in a regulated environment

With your expertise in at least one of the above specialisms, you will be an integral part of the Board and will help run CHISEL innovatively within a framework of continuous improvement and effective control.

What we can offer you

Joining our Board allows you to adapt and apply everything you have learned to date, and you can gain a clearer idea of your professional strengths and weaknesses whilst simultaneously learning altogether new skills.

This role will reward you with a wealth of personal and professional skills which are valuable for both work and personal life, whilst empowering you with a sense of contribution in the pursuit of a wider purpose.

How to apply

 Please ensure you read the candidate pack before you apply, as this will provide you with detailed information on the roles. Please click here to apply by submitting your CV and a covering letter which should indicate why you are interested in applying for a Board member role and how you meet the selection criteria.

If you would like a call to discuss the role in more detail, please email Renu Gundala, [email protected] to arrange a convenient time. Having a call of this kind will not influence the success or otherwise of your application.

We want you to have every opportunity to demonstrate your skills, ability and potential;

please contact us if you require any assistance or adjustment so that we can help with making the application process work for you.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 23 April 2023 at 10 pm with shortlisting interviews taking place the week after with Eastside People.  Interviews with CHISEL will take place on 15 and 16 May 2023.

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