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Board Members

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • UK wide
  • Closing 3rd November 2020

  • Advertised from 15th October 2020


The Centre was set up in 2018, in response to the need for an independent voice to champion the better use of rigorous evidence in preventing and tackling homelessness in its widest sense, going well beyond rough sleeping. The work therefore involves both policy and practice, and working with a range of other organisations and perspectives: we will only achieve our goals by drawing on the expertise both of academics and of people with lived experience of homelessness themselves, and by securing change in both policy and practice across a range of services, ie not just the “homelessness sector” itself.

To complement the skills and experience already on the board, we are looking particularly for members with the following attributes:

  • For one role, we want to appoint a current senior leader in work related to homelessness in a local authority – this could be a role in the prevention and addressing of homelessness itself, or in housing or social care or a related service, as a commissioner or in delivery.
  • For the other role, we are more open about the background. We want to ensure we are strong at assessing how our activity translates into impact on the ground. So someone with experience of looking constructively and rigorously at performance and impact would be valuable – this might be someone with a background in finance or analysis or operations, but technical skills matter less than mindset.

In addition, we are keen to strengthen the diversity of the board in a number of ways, to ensure we have as wide a range of perspectives as possible to make for better decisions:

  • We encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, as these groups are currently underrepresented on the board;
  • The same applies to people who have experience of housing insecurity;
  • We would like to extend the geographical reach: we would welcome applications from people based in Scotland, where we do quite a bit of work, and within England are particularly interested in people who aren’t London-based.

We are looking for board members with the following qualities:

  • passion and commitment to the strategic objectives and cause of the Centre;
  • ability to devote sufficient time and effort to the charity, including travel and attending events out of office hours;
  • influence and networks within your sector or field and willingness to leverage this for the charity;
  • sound, independent judgement;
  • experience of working as part of a team;
  • commitment to the importance of high quality research and its application to policy and practice;
  • understanding of charity governance and of the duties of a charity trustee (see “The Essential Trustee” from the Charity Commission, government/publications/the-essential-trustee-what-you-need-to-know-cc3/the-essential-trustee-what-you-need-to-know-what-you-need-to-do).

If you would like to help shape and drive an organisation which is starting to make a real impact on one of the major challenges of our time, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Application notes

If you would like an informal discussion with the Chair, Andrew Hudson, please contact him via

To apply formally, please send your CV and a supporting statement of no more than two pages, explaining why you are interested in the role, and what you would bring, both in terms of general skills and the specific points mentioned above. Please also let us have the names of two referees, though we will not contact them until after the panel interviews.

All this should be sent to

The closing date for these applications is midday on 3rd November.

There will be interviews with the Chair and a panel of board members and staff in mid-November (we plan for slots on 10th, 17th, and 19th). Depending on the number of applications, we may have some telephone conversations before the final panel.