Welcome from Helen Evans, Chair, Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust
Thank you for your interest in the role of Board Member of JRHT and Member of the Audit and Risk Committee for JRF/JRHT.
With a staff of 800 across the group, based largely in and around York, we have been given a distinct and vital mission, backed by the generous endowment of Joseph Rowntree, to seek out the root causes of poverty, and to find practical ways to address these, working with those who are experiencing poverty and exclusion. Over the last couple of years, the Trustees and senior executive team have begun significant strategic developments for social change and for housing.
At JRHT, we have large teams working on the practical challenges of providing high quality care and affordable housing in York and Hartlepool, and they are very much grounded in the realities of delivering quality services at a time of tough economic conditions. Getting it right for our tenants and residents is central to our work, building and developing strong and empowered communities without poverty or isolation.
At JRF, we have teams of policy experts, analysts, economists and communication specialists working across the UK to analyse the causes of poverty, whether in our social security systems, the labour market, or housing policies. We also build the political and public will to understand poverty and want to take action, working with partners to identify solutions. We passionately believe it is possible to solve UK poverty, changing the life chances of millions. In this, we work in partnership with many other organisations and groups, raising awareness, providing an independent and informed voice, seeking to build coalitions for reform.
All our work is enabled by a strong and effective central team. We have embarked on significant organisational changes which are also vital elements of the Group’s success. These include improving our governance, implementing an ambitious people strategy and delivering a technology transformation, as well as changing our culture through a focus on values and outcomes so that we can deliver exceptional services, achieve our outcomes and see our vision realised.
We are now looking for two Board Members for JRHT, as well as an independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee for both JRF and JRHT. The two charities have both incorporated and have created a group structure, with a common heritage and the same vision. We are seeking high-quality applicants from the social housing/care and support sectors, who share our passion for making a difference and are experienced in challenging and supporting a highly experienced executive team.
Our Board Member and Trustees are the stewards of Joseph Rowntree’s vision, legacy, values and principles, and shape how these are put into action today. If you have the experience and skills we seek, and share our enthusiasm for tackling major social issues, I would be keen to hear from you.
Helen Evans, Chair
Diversity and Inclusion
At JRHT / JRF we are committed to diversity and inclusion and for Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust in particular our objective is to increase the diversity of our colleagues and our Board in particular, to better reflect the different communities we serve. To this end, we have implemented a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy which reflects our intention to bring a real step change to expanding diversity in thought as well as characteristics of people across the organisation.
Our very own Anne Mwangi has been working with Governance and the JRHT Board on this recruitment drive, and has taken some time to talk about her own experience of working at JRHT / JRF on diversity and what it would look like for her.