Are you passionate about professionalism, committed to excellent governance and the role housing can play in the future of our communities? If so, we want to hear from you.

Our purpose at CIH is simple. We want to provide everyone involved in housing with the skills, support and knowledge they need to be the best they can. We also want to shape housing and community agendas.

To achieve these things, we want to ensure that CIH is an accountable, strategic, modern, inclusive and dynamic organisation that is both prepared to face future challenges and fit for purpose.

Overall direction and leadership is set by the governing board and with Geraldine Howley's second and final term as chair being completed this year, we are pleased to share we're seeking an exceptional new chair who can lead the organisation through 2024 and beyond.

Our governing board

The governing board of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is charged with the leadership and management of the business of CIH. This includes:

  • The strategic direction of the organisation and setting priorities
  • CIH’s corporate plan, budgets and accounts
  • Management and exercising of all powers of the Institute, apart from those which can only be
    exercised by the wider membership in general meeting
  • Risk and compliance. 

Who can apply?

Applicants are welcomed from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences and will be expected to demonstrate a strong track record of achievement in their field and as chair or vice chair of trustee/non-executive boards.

You are likely to be accustomed to operating at a senior level within an organisational setting and have a strong network of contacts and experience of influencing within and outside of an organisation.

Appointments will be made based on values, skills and experience and CIH particularly welcomes applicants with a background in the following areas:

  • A professional body or membership organisation
  • Charity sector
  • Housing sector.

Important information

The closing date for the receipt of applications is noon on Friday 23 February 2024 with initial interviews held week commencing 4 March 2024.

For an informal conversation about this role, you can contact to arrange a call.

Please download our recruitment pack and take some time to read the relevant documents below.

Recruitment pack
Discover full role details on becoming part of the CIH governing board.
Governance structure
Familiarise yourself with how we operate.
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Corporate plan
Discover more about our organisational objectives.