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Nick Bennett, chief executive of Community Housing Cymru, and Ian Williams, welcome Board members to their conference in Cwmbran February 29 2008

Nick Bennett, chief executive of Community Housing Cymru, and Ian Williams, welcome Board members to their conference in Cwmbran February 29 2008



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  • Policy Progress 2008 Nick Bennett and Ian Williams Community Housing Governance Conference
  • Context – 2007
    • Challenges
    • NAW election campaign
    • New WAG
    • New National Assembly Powers
    • CSR
    • Further HST ballots
    • PR Campaign
  • National Council Priorities for 07/08
    • Social Housing Grant
    • £30m extra Social Housing Grant (SHG)
    • Supporting People
    • To increase by £26m by 2010/11
    • Better Regulation
    • The Essex Review
  • Priorities for 2008
    • Ensuring that we are all equipped for the regulatory review’s outcome –
      • The need to focus on Governance – so that we are fit to face the future
    • That we build on our improving relationship with local government pre- and post election-
      • We need to measure our economic and social impact- so we know what difference we are making under a new regulatory regime
    • That we welcome new members and maintain unity as we develop as a movement
  • The changing face of the sector
    • Homes owned
    2003 63,527 2004 72,113 2005 73,262 2006 74,174 2007 75,032 2008 98,230 2009 115,500? 2010 124,500?
  • The changing face of the sector
    • Staff employed
    7,000+? 2010 6,000+? 2009 5,000 2008 4,054 2007 3,935 2006
  • Lets look to the future with renewed confidence
    • “ We are hungry for change, and we are ready to believe again” Barack Obama 27/01/08
  • The Review of Regulation Adolygu Rheoleiddio Sue Essex
  • Review of Governance Adolygiad Llywodraethu Paul Griffiths Public Services Consultant Ymgynghorydd Gwasanaeth Cyhoeddus
  • Context of Review
    • A higher political priority for affordable housing
    • The case for more focussed external regulation – the Essex Review
    • The need for external confidence in self-regulation
  • Review Method
    • Short and sharp - 2 months, 30 days
    • A study of 3 Associations
    • Interview of at least one member of most other boards
    • Learning from this Conference
  • Board Membership Tenant Members
    • Committed and well supported
    • Provide the essential ‘citizen focus’ – housing
    • associations can be the beacon of Welsh
    • public services
    • Need to be rooted in a well supported network
    • of groups and panels
    • Can be recruited where the roots are strong
    • and well nourished – advantage of a
    • community basis?
  • Board Membership ‘Professional’ Members
    • A reasonable balance of skills and expertise
    • Widespread commitment and motivation
    • Open recruitment is bearing fruit
    • Open recruitment is consistent with pro-active marketing of opportunities
    • The ‘tap on the shoulder’ and ratification by shareholders is not legitimate!?
  • Board Membership ‘Partnership’ Members
    • Appointments based on member’s position within local authority or health organisation
    • Can provide valuable links and relationship building with partners
    • Only succeeds on the basis of shared investment in partnership working
    • Personalities matter
  • Do Boards Make a Difference? Strategic Direction
    • A Clear Diversity of Strategy – community basis, market led, extra care/residential care, special needs, homelessness, working with private landlords, developing home ownership, community regeneration.
    • Whose strategy? – evidence of Boards providing initiative and a brake
    • Significance of Away- Days
  • Do Boards Make a Difference? Challenging Performance
    • Regular performance reporting
    • How well is information presented and used?
    • Some evidence of performance monitoring changing practice
    • ‘ Support and Challenge’, ‘Critical Friend’
    • Is there enough ‘grit in the system’?
  • Do Boards make a Difference? Financial Management
    • Significance of specialist board members
    • Significance of internal and external auditors to support boards
    • The check of the lenders
    • The importance of the non-specialist
    • The biggest risk to reputations?
  • Do Boards Make a Difference? Setting the tone, values, culture
    • Boards do not manage staff
    • Boards appoint the chief executive
    • Can boards develop some relationship with staff, sufficient to influence attitudes?
  • Do Boards Make a Difference? Developing Partnerships
    • Responding to housing needs, meeting care needs, giving confidence and skills to communities – all require effective partnerships.
    • Are the Board the outward face of the Association – making the external and political relationships?
    • Is partnership what the chief executive does?
  • A New Model of Self Regulation?
    • WAG sets out clear expectations of Boards on the self-assessment of performance and the evaluation of developments
    • The Boards create procedures and implement them in meeting WAG expectations
  • A New Model of Self Regulation?
    • The external regulator monitors the process of self regulation and the results
    • External appraisal is ‘risk based’ – focussing on lapses in process and declared gaps in performance
    • External appraisal has a focus on the ‘big picture’ – the synergies and viability of medium and long term development plans
  • Learning from each other
    • Despite CHC Conferences, Boards are not good at learning from each other?
    • “ We get comparative information from our chief executive”
    • “ Competition gets in the way of shared learning”
    • “ Shared learning takes too much time”
    • What potential for the Steve Cranston web-based conversations? – could you provide another beacon for Welsh public services?
  • Giving the public confidence
    • The public do not understand what RSL Boards are?
    • Does this matter?
    • It does, if you want to self regulate the use of public money in achieving public goals
    • How can Boards have a more transparent public profile?