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Board Composition Consultation

Consultation on proposed changes to the Board of livin Housing Limited (livin)

We are proposing to make some changes to the make-up of our Board.  We are writing to you to explain our proposals and seek your views and comments on what we would like to do. 

Background

livin Housing Limited was established in 2009 to own and manage the housing stock transferred from Sedgefield Borough Council.  At the time of the transfer, livin was known as Sedgefield Borough Homes and changed its name in 2011.

Currently livin has a Board of 12 comprising 4 Tenants, 4 Independent Members and 4 Council Nominees.  The make-up of the Board reflects what was set out to tenants in the offer document as part of the stock transfer from the Council and has not changed since 2009.

What are the changes being proposed?

We have been reviewing the structure of the Board and our governance arrangements to ensure that we are well positioned to handle the future demands placed on Registered Providers and their Boards.  We are proposing to reduce the number on our Board from 12 to 10 and make some changes to its composition.  We are proposing that the Tenant Board Member class is removed and that the 10 Board Members are made up of eight Independent Board Members plus 2 Council nominees. 

Although we are proposing to change our Board composition, it is our expectation that tenants would apply for Independent Board Member roles when they are advertised in the future.  This proposal would put Board members on the same footing during recruitment, ensuring all Board Members are appointed specifically for their skills and expertise.

Since we were established our shareholding membership has been made up of some of our Board Members and the Council. We are proposing to retain this, and under our proposals shareholders would be the Council and the Independent Board Members.

  

 

 

We are also reviewing how we recruit our Board Members and under the proposed structure all Board members would be recruited for their skills, knowledge and experience, and appointed by the Board in accordance with an agreed Board Recruitment Policy.

Why are we proposing to make these changes?

Given the demands placed on Boards of Registered Providers, we have commissioned an independent review of our governance arrangements, considering best practice from other housing associations.  It is clear that there has been a move towards the recruitment of Board Members based solely on their individual skills knowledge and experience.  This is also a requirement to ensure livin continues to comply with the National Housing Federation Code of Governance.  By adopting this approach we would ensure that there is the right mix of skills, knowledge and experience to allow the Board to be as effective and successful as it can be.

What does this mean for you?

This proposal does not impact on the way we deliver our services or set our rents and other charges and does not affect your rights as a tenant or leaseholder.

Next steps

We welcome any views you have on these proposals.  If you have any comments or queries please do not hesitate to contact us by email boardfeedback@livin.co.uk

Please let us know if you have any comments or queries by 5.00pm on Friday 26 February 2016.  All feedback will be considered by livin’s Board before any final decision is made.

I look forward to receiving your feedback.

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