Vacancy: Strategic Director, Housing

Salary up to £136K

Closing date 22 March 2021.

This is an opportunity for an outstanding housing professional to take on one of the biggest, most challenging, and most rewarding jobs in the sector.

Hackney is one of the UK’s biggest social landlords, with a housing stock of around 20,000 tenanted properties and more than 10,000 leasehold properties.  

Nearly five years ago, we took our housing services back in-house when our ALMO contract ended. Behind this was a corporate and political ambition to put the service back at the heart of the Council, and to re-establish that direct relationship with and accountability to our tenants and leaseholders. More broadly, it was in keeping with our firm commitment to in-house service provision.  Over the past decade, Hackney has been one of the biggest builders of new homes for social rent, and we have also invested heavily in our existing stock, meeting and exceeding the Decent Homes standard across thousands of properties. We will be investing around £240m on our  capital programme building and maintaining homes over the next three years, and alongside our roster of trusted contractors we want to grow and develop our DLO to increase our in-house capacity and provide training and careers for local people.

Woodberry Down Estate

Hackney is very proud of its social housing. Our role as a landlord to thousands of families and individuals across the borough is one of the most important things that we do as a Council. We aspire to provide exceptional services to our tenants and leaseholders, but beyond that we want to use our role as a landlord to transform the life chances of the people who live on our estates, to tackle inequality in attainment, employment, and health. This is an agenda for the whole Council and we are looking for someone who is fully committed to this ‘whole citizen’ approach to resident engagement, and who can see beyond the bricks and mortar of our landlord relationship. Housing in Hackney is not a stand-alone function but an integral part of our mission as a local authority, and every part of the Council has a role to play in this.   

As a Strategic Director this role has an important corporate role as part of the Council’s senior management team, and a cohort of Directors charged with shaping and driving cross-cutting strategic agendas across the whole organisation. You will be an exceptional team player with a passion for working with colleagues to innovate and improve services.  

You will have a strong background of leadership in the housing sector. You will have experience of working with elected Members, understand the challenges and benefits of delivering services in a diverse inner city area, and have shown a demonstrable commitment to inclusive leadership throughout your career.  

For further information or a confidential discussion about the role please contact Yvonne Frayling at Campbell Tickell on 07539 373827 or

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