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London Housing Panel: recruitment

Trust for London and the Mayor of London are partnering to establish the London Housing Panel, which will bring together voluntary and community interest organisations with a particular interest in housing in London.

The primary focus of the Panel will be to engage with housing issues facing London. The Panel will provide the voluntary and community sector with a structured way of engaging with the Greater London Authority (GLA) in relation to housing policy, and vice versa.

Trust for London staff will be responsible for running the Panel, including leading the recruitment process for the Panel Chair and Panel Members, supporting meetings (including publication of meeting papers and minutes), managing communications and publicity, and supporting the Panel’s members to develop a work programme. Both the GLA and Trust for London are providing funding and in-kind support to help make the Panel work.

For more information about the Panel, click here.

We're recruiting for an independent, individual Panel Chair and up to 15 organisations to be Panel Members. Full details of both positions and selection criteria can be found below.

Appointments will be considered by an independent selection panel and will be announced in June. The term of the Panel is from June 2019 to March 2020.

The deadline for all applications is Tuesday 7 May at 10am.

We're looking for an independent, individual Panel Chair to provide leadership for the Panel, chair meetings and help Panel Members to develop a work programme and agenda. The Panel Chair will also represent the views of the Panel at the Mayor's quarterly Homes for Londoners Board and in other suitable forums.

The appointed individual should neither be a member of, nor closely affiliated with, any potential Panel Member organisation.

Duties of the Panel Chair include (please see the Application Pack for the full list):

  • Chair Panel meetings in an impartial way;
  • Attend and actively participate in the Mayor's quarterly Homes for Londoners Board meetings, representing the views of the Panel;
  • Liaise with Trust for London staff around management and transparency of the Panel;
  • Assist with communication about the Panel, e.g. to policy stakeholders and in the media;
  • Promote collaboration across the Panel and beyond;
  • Promote the voices and expertise of people with direct experience of the issues.

Criteria for the Panel Chair include:

  • Significant knowledge or experience of London housing issues;
  • Experience at a senior level of chairing formal meetings;
  • Knowledge of, and insight into, working with stakeholders with a diverse range of backgrounds and interests;
  • Proven commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting the voices of people directly affected by housing issues;
  • Experience of promoting collaboration between groups and organisations;
  • Desirable: experience of representing their own, and other organisations in public forums;
  • Desirable: experience of dealing with senior politicians, public officials and the media.

We're looking for organisations, rather than individuals, to sit as Panel Members. They must:

  • Be based and operate in London;
  • Provide services, representation or carry out advocacy work in relation to the Mayor's housing priorities;
  • Not be affiliated to a party-political organisation.

The Panel will have up to 15 members, who will cover a range of perspectives, such as:

  • Community-led housing groups;
  • Disabled people;
  • Gypsies and travellers;
  • Homeless people;
  • Low-income Londoners;
  • Private leaseholders;
  • Private renters;
  • Social housing tenants and leaseholders;
  • Students; and
  • Other groups protected under equality law.

Duties of Panel Members include (please see the Application Pack for the full list):

  • Attend and actively participate in all three Panel meetings, advising on housing issues on the agenda or that they become aware of through their organisation’s work;
  • Provide feedback on the delivery of the Mayor’s policy pledges and policy priorities by providing expertise and guidance;
  • Work collaboratively with other organisations in their networks to coordinate, consult, and provide feedback on housing and related issues;
  • Promote the voices and expertise of people with direct experience of the issues;
  • Commit to be governed by the Panel's terms of reference and code of conduct, which the Members will decide at the first Panel meeting.

Criteria for Panel Members include:

  • A core part of their mission devoted to improving the situation of Londoners, especially those on low incomes, through service provision, representation or advocacy;
  • Proven commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting the voices of people directly affected by housing issues;
  • The ability to represent the work of London’s voluntary and community housing sector and the Panel effectively to the Deputy Mayor, GLA and other stakeholders.

Full details of the panel, including the roles and responsibilities and criteria for both Panel Members and the Panel Chair and remuneration, can be found in the Application Pack below.

An information event was held at Trust for London on Tuesday 23 April. The presentation from that event is available for download below.

London Housing Panel: application packLondon Housing Panel Member Application FormLondon Housing Panel Chair Application FormEqual Opportunities Form LHP.docEasy read- LHP application pack.pdfEasy read- LHP equal opps form.pdfEasy read- LHP member application form.pdfEasy read- LHP Chair application form.pdfLHP Info event presentation.pdf