More Information for Prospective Board Members

Thank you for considering joining the Board of St Luke’s. Our website includes a large amount of information that board members need, but we suggest that you should start with the induction material highlighted in this introductory note, which guides you through some of the more important documents and introduces you to the world of social housing if you come from a different background.       

 

This introduction is divided into four parts with links to the appropriate documents taken from the Society’s website.

 

  • Part 1: The History of St Luke’s and its Mission

  • Part 2: Organisation Structure and Recent Events

  • Part 3: Government Policies for Social Housing

  • Part 4: Key Recent Documents

 

Part 1: The History of St Luke’s and its Mission

A short history of St Luke’s can be found here

Perhaps the key document for new (and existing) board members is the Governance Policy Manual which includes information on:    

  1. Principles on which our governance policies are based

  2. Mission, vision and values

  3. Structure of the organisation and the governing body

  4. Legislation

  5. Standards of behaviour

This document can be found  here

 

Part 2: Organisation Structure and Recent Events 

 

The organisation chart for the society is available here

 

           The Board  is chaired Malcolm Fearn and members come from a wide range of backgrounds, bringing a range of different skills.

The two key working committees of the Society are the Finance (Chair: Peter Hendricks) and Strategy and Governance (Chair: Linda Hobbs) Committees, both of which report to the Board.

The General Manager of the Society is Sue Fisher; Sue is responsible to the Board for the overall management of McMaster House. She is the Company Secretary and on a day-to-day basis also oversees the governance, finances, staffing and maintenance of McMaster House.  The House Manager is Shimbo Chand; Shim has responsibility for the day-to-day running of McMaster House, but her focus is on the tenants and their needs. She is responsible for many aspects of health and safety, and also tenant welfare and support services. Trudy Cox and Malcolm Parker look after the maintenance and advise on the need to bring in specialist contractors.

 

McMaster House currently consists of 36 purpose built flats in Headington, Oxford generally let to those over the age of 55. All the flats are self-contained and let at an affordable rent.          In addition, building commenced in August 2019 on the construction of three new flats and the remodelling of two studio flats into a one-bedroomed flat. The planned completion data is the end of February 2020. 

 

The Annual Accounts to March 2019 (showed an operating surplus of £18,648 in 2019 and total reserves of £611,464.

 

Part 3: Government Policies for Social Housing

 

The National Housing Federation has published a useful guide to the regulation of housing associations entitled Leadership and Control: A Governance Manual for Board Members. This is a helpful reference document based on the NHF Code of Governance            and is is supplied to all new Board Members.

 

However, if you do not come from a social housing background you might find it helpful to appreciate a little of the historical development of current government policies related to affordable housing. Two chapters from Understanding Affordability: The Economics of Housing Markets by Geoff Meen and Christine Whitehead are available here

 

Part 4: Key Recent Documents  

 

The members section of the Society’s web site includes all the key documents. These include:

  • Board minutes,

  • Finance Committee minutes,

  • Strategy and Governance minutes,

  • Policies and procedures,

  • Financial risk assessment.

Registrations

Homes and Communities Agency L1824

Industrial and Provident Society 15866R

Contact us

Tel:  01865 769726

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St Luke's Housing Society Ltd