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Welcome from Mike Gerrard, Executive Director of Finance

Thank you for your interest in this opportunity to join us as our new Director of Finance. I hope that this website provides you with all the information you need at this stage and that you will share our excitement about the significant impact you can have at Onward as we continue to grow and make a real difference to our customers.

In 2021, our plan to create one organisation came to fruition. A comprehensive restructure of the governance, management and operation of the organisation has been completed. We are now realising the financial strength of our united organisation, having recently secured a £215m bond and a top credit rating of A1 (Stable) from Moody’s. The fact that we achieved what at the time was the lowest ever long-term margin for a UK housing provider highlights our strong balance sheet, low debt and strong liquidity.

As an organisation we are committed to using these resources for the benefit of the customers in the 35,000 homes across the North West which we own and manage, as well as a sustained programme of building new homes to respond to housing need in our region.

This new role will lead the core functions of the Finance team and we are looking for a top quality and inspirational finance leader with a full range of skills and attributes.

As a base, you will have the technical and business skills to ensure our financials are robust and compliant and that we deliver increasing efficiency. As a skilled leader, you will provide direction and support the development of three highly capable direct reports. In doing so, you will also provide them with the room to grow and develop in their roles.

Beyond the Finance team and as a member of our Senior Leadership Team, you will inform and challenge key decisions about our business’ future. And, finally, you will bring these attributes together to provide credible assurance on all of the above to the members of two of our Board committees: Finance and Performance and Audit and Risk.

I see previous housing experience as desirable for this role although not necessarily essential and would expect to see a track record of high quality leadership in a range of situations, all of which you should be able to apply from day one.

We have achieved a considerable amount in recent years, although there is still much more for us to do. You will be joining an organisation which is moving forward and which can enable you to further your own personal development.

I joined Onward two years ago and have enjoyed everything I have been a part of since. I am proud to work for an organisation with purpose and with capable, committed people. If you think you’re right for us, please do apply. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Mike Gerrard, Executive Director of Finance


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