Housing associations are looking for volunteers to provide effective governance for their organisations and to help shape the future of housing in Northern Ireland.
Joining a Board can be a rewarding experience, working to improve your local community, whilst helping to broaden your skills and networks.
You don’t need a wealth of experience in housing to become a Board Member, just an interest in the sector and community issues. Click on the questions below to help you find out more…What does it mean to be a Board member?
Board members are expected to:
- take a strategic view
- safeguard the housing executive’s values and mission
- ensure the interest and needs of the association’s tenants are considered in all matters
- delegate to Committees and staff
- approve and monitor the housing association’s strategy, corporate plan and budgets
- ensure risks are identified and managed
- hold management to account for their performance – ensuring reviews where necessary
- appoint, support and, if necessary, dismiss the Chief Executive
- Committee meetings if you’re involved in a subcommittee
- Six Board meetings and Annual General Meeting
- Attend a meeting on internal audit reports
- Other events e.g. Scheme visits/openings, Seminars, NIFHA Conference, Training
Every Few Years
- DfC monitoring
- NI Audit Office testing
You’ll be able to apply your existing skills, learn new ones, broaden your experience, develop contacts and make new friends all whilst being part of an international Movement.
With regards housing associations, the Department for Social Development has useful information in the Housing Association Guide on being part of an association’s board.
You can complete your application online. If you use the online option you cannot save the form and come back to it so we encourage you to be prepared beforehand. You can download a Word Document version here to help you prepare your answers.
Once submitted, you will receive a copy of your completed application form to the email address you provided.
Joining NIFHA’s register is not the only way to become a housing association board member. You can apply for a share and, if approved, stand for election the housing association’s Annual General Meeting. Associations may also co-opt a certain number of people (shareholders or non-shareholders) to their Boards as well. Contact individual housing associations directly for further information.
If you are interested in becoming a shareholder in Co-Ownership Housing please click Co-Ownership to visit their website for more information.