Horizon Housing Association is a social housing provider of affordable housing and services that enable people, irrespective of age or impairment to live full, independent lives in the community of their choice. Driven by a commitment to the inclusion of disabled people, Horizon contributes to the delivery of more accessible homes across Scotland and serves as an exemplar of good practice.
Established in 1998, Horizon has now built more than 800 homes across 11 local authorities. One quarter of Horizon’s housing is built or adapted to ensure accessibility for all, providing services in line with their vision of creating inclusive communities where everyone has a home that meets their needs. Horizon also delivers initiatives, contracts and services supporting disabled and older people in home ownership and private lettings with improved independence and quality of life.
Horizon has developed various partnerships over the years, supporting the increase of access to housing services by working with Housing Options Scotland and Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living. The Association also joined the Link Group in 2009 to improve Horizon’s ability and capacity to achieve its aims and continue to fulfil its purpose. Working closely with Link Group subsidiaries, Horizon functions as a key member of the group but retains its identity and individuality.
The new Chief Executive will lead the organisation to deliver the key aims and objectives, working closely with partners and the Link Group. Developing services and campaigning to address the national shortfall of fully accessible homes for disabled people, they will act as an ambassador for Horizon and the Link Group, its tenants and the Board at public events and forums. The candidate will be an innovator, introducing new ideas and potential improvements to the organisation through the delivery of person-centred services, collaborating with the wider Group. Horizon’s Chief Executive will be a strong communicator, and through policy and research, act as a key influencer in supporting Horizon’s commitment to independent living, inclusive design and fully accessible homes.
Horizon requires an engaging leader who will support and guide the board to fulfil the strategic objections and continue to fulfil Horizon’s purpose and vision.
Experience of the housing sector is not a prerequisite to be considered for this role – all backgrounds are welcome as are applications from all sectors of the community who share Horizon’s values and aims. Relevance and motivation should be highlighted within your application.