Vacancy: Chair of the London Housing Panel

The London Housing Panel is looking for an independent Chair to provide leadership to the Panel as they work on housing policy issues facing London.

Application deadline: Monday 17 August 2020, 5pm

About the Panel

The London Housing Panel (the ‘Panel’) was set up in 2019 ‘to enable London’s voluntary & community sector and the communities it serves to influence the capital’s housing policies and practices’ [1]. Trust for London and the Mayor jointly funded and supported the Panel’s initial term to July 2020 and have recently committed to continuing to fund and support the Panel through to July 2021.

The London Housing Panel provides the voluntary and community sector (VCS) with a structured way of engaging with the GLA, and ensures the GLA has a clear mechanism for its engagement with the sector in relation to housing policy. It has 15 members drawn from a diverse range of voluntary and community organisations.

Three principles guide the Panel’s work:

  • There is an urgent need to build more social housing in London to tackle its housing crisis and we will always push for prioritising the building of and increasing the amount of social rented housing over other forms of tenure.
  • By understanding the needs and aspirations of all Londoners, including those who are living most vulnerably, we can ensure house building creates better longer-term outcomes for Londoners.
  • In addition to the building of new, stable homes at social rent, we want more action taken now to address homelessness, particularly statutory homelessness.

The Panel has identified three priority areas of work which are set out in their March 2020 publication Priorities for the Mayor. You can find out more about the Panel and its members as well as accessing its minutes and papers here.

Role purpose

The independent Chair of the London Housing Panel is responsible for providing leadership for the Panel and setting the agenda of the Panel meetings, in consultation with Panel Members and with support from the Secretariat. They also represent the views of the Panel at Homes for Londoners Board and in other forums and build relationships with key stakeholders including the Mayor and the Greater London Authority (GLA).

The Chair will require a good understanding of housing policy issues in London and the role of the voluntary and community sector in tackling the housing crisis.

For greater insight into the role, read an interview with outgoing Chair, Raji Hunjan.

To apply

If you would like to apply, please send your completed application form and equal opportunities monitoring form to londonhousing@trustforlondon.org.uk by 5pm, Monday 17 August 2020.  

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