Housing Committee Member

Racing Welfare

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This job expires on Sunday, 28th February 2021

Newmarket Part-time Voluntary (Paid Expenses)

Category: General Posted: 20.01.2021

Racing Homes is a national charity providing affordable accommodation for those working in and retired from the British horseracing and breeding industry. We are seeking an advisory committee member who shares our vision that everyone from the horseracing and breeding industry has access to high quality, affordable, safe housing. We are looking for someone who has a passion for the work that we do and who is familiar with the challenges of running a national organisation.

What will you be doing?

The Housing Committee meets four times a year, usually in London or Newmarket with the option to dial in/videoconference, but during the current Covid-19 pandemic all meetings are held via video conference. The meetings are currently routinely attended by four trustees, the Chief Executive, the Chief Operating Officer, Director of Welfare, Head of Housing, and Head of Finance. The meetings are held to report on and discuss the performance of Racing Homes in line with the strategy, consider any current issues or challenges facing the charity, provide advice to the main board to help assist with high-level decision making.

There will also be the requirement to undertake a committee member induction which we anticipate being a one-off one-day commitment. Each year, in addition to the four committee meetings we anticipate another two days commitment would be required.

We invite committee members to join the Charity for three years with the option to re-apply every three years for a maximum of nine years.

What are we looking for?

We are seeking to add to the expertise that we have on the housing committee, through an enthusiastic individual who is looking to develop their own skills and experience and has:

• Experience and expertise in delivering capital projects
• Experience working in the construction industry
• Professional connections in the North of England.

Please note, as this post will involve governing and advising on services that have direct contact with young people and vulnerable adults alongside some work of a sensitive nature it will be subject to a satisfactory, enhanced DBS disclosure. We also make checks on staff working with vulnerable adults and young people against the DBS barred lists.

What difference will you make?

Racing Homes currently has 165 units of accommodation housing young people, working-age staff, and retirees from the Racing industry. We have housing schemes in Newmarket, Lambourn, Middleham, and Malton and have advanced plans for new schemes in two of those locations, providing more than thirty additional new units of accommodation. You will be part of this team, providing crucial advice to shape the housing provision and influence strategy.

What is in it for you?
You will enjoy working alongside and learning from an inspiring and knowledgeable team of executives, committee members, and trustees on the Housing Committee. You will have the opportunity to develop your board member skills and there may be an opportunity to progress to a trustee position after 12 months.

How do you apply?

You can either
• Send a covering letter and CV by either post or email to the addresses detailed below
• Send a short video telling us why you are interested in the role, your relevant experience, and what you feel you can bring to the role

Application addresses:

By Post:
Clare Ascroft, Racing Welfare, 20a Park Lane, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8QD

By email:

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare:
• All unspent convictions and conditional cautions
• All spent convictions and adult cautions that are not protected (i.e. that are not filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2020).

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