Our Board members share responsibility for Board decisions. Each Board member acts in the interest of Housing Solutions whilst helping provide guidance and strategic direction to the collective leadership of Housing Solutions Group (the Association). The Housing Solutions Board is currently made up of 9 non-executive independent members and a Non-executive resident member who meet once a quarter. The Board is supported by a committee structure with Board members and independent specialists, covering Audit and Risk, Remuneration and Treasury, as well as development and customer service
The Board meets to scrutinise the activities of Housing Solutions and to ensure compliance with our values and objectives. When the Board met in March they undertook Anti-Fraud and Bribery Regulation training. The Board also welcomed their new external auditors, BDO who replace Grant Thornton. This change adheres to good practice guidelines as Grant Thornton have been our auditors for the past 10 years. The Board were also pleased to welcome a new member, Nick Whitaker FCA who will also be part of the Audit Committee.
The Services Improvement Team presented on some current projects around Gas Safety checks, help for our customers who need gardening assistance and an innovative use of Alexa to enable our customers to have hands free access to our customer portal.
Liz Padmore the Chairman of the Board reported on her recent attendance, along with other members of the Executive Team at the Ground Breaking ceremony at the York Road, Maidenhead site. This is a joint initiative we have entered into with the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and Countryside to deliver affordable local housing for our customers including more social housing within Maidenhead.
Campbell Tickell provided positive feedback on the results from their Independent Board Governance Review.
The Board also received confirmation of the ongoing retention of their A+ rating standard by Standard and Poor’s which describes the general creditworthiness and financial strength of a company.
A Performance review was also presented on our current status around KPI’s including arrears and voids.
Development provided information on four garage sites that have been earmarked for redevelopment in Maidenhead. The proposal was approved and this will mean that the land can be used for more affordable homes locally.
Finally Cooper Bassett gave a positive report on our current Health and Safety status.
The next Board Meeting is scheduled for June 4th.