Croydon is inviting council tenants, industry experts and voluntary sector specialists to apply for board roles to help shape housing improvements across the borough.
The new Housing Improvement Board will oversee Croydon’s progress towards ensuring all council residents have a good home and customer service.
From November, the board will examine how the council is doing against housing targets set by the independent ARK report, and it will have the power to refer important business to cabinet meetings.
Applications are now open for members, and the council is looking for community group representatives, council tenants as well as an independent chair to join.
The successful chair will have detailed knowledge of national and local housing policy, and the council is looking for community representatives with a good track record of partnership working across the public and voluntary sectors.
The board’s four places for council tenants will consist of one from the tenants’ and leaseholders’ panel, one resident living on the Regina Road estate, and two other council tenants from across the borough.
Alison Knight, Croydon Council’s interim executive director for housing, said: “This board will be crucial to keeping us on track to improve the service we give to our tenants.
“We want to make sure we have people with a range of expertise, but we also want applicants who are passionate about helping us deliver a better experience and excellent services for everyone in our council homes.”
Board membership will involve around five hours’ commitment per month, with meetings to be held every two months on weekday evenings. These will be online at first, with plans to move to in-person meetings in future. All external board members’ roles will be unpaid, voluntary, and board members will not be employed by the council.
The application deadline is 12 October. For more information, visit the following advertisement links: