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Welcome from Bronwen Rapley, Chief Executive

Thank you for your interest in this opportunity to join us as one of our new Non-Executive Directors. 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.

This year, 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 the lowest ever long-term margin for a UK housing provider highlights our strong balance sheet, low debt and strong liquidity. We were also delighted to welcome Tim Johnston as our new Chair, and Tim brings extensive experience of advising on business planning during a career spanning public services, economic development and charitable organisations.

As an organisation which owns and manages over 35,000 homes across the North West, with a commitment to building 500 new homes a year, we have a major role to play across the region, and our new Non-Executive Directors will play a key role in this. For one of the roles, we are looking for expertise in leading and delivering large scale organisational change, allied with experience of implementing a customer focused ICT strategy. The second opportunity requires a qualified accountant with a background in audit supplemented by wider business experience gained from senior financial leadership roles.

We have achieved a considerable amount in recent years, although there is still much more for us to do, and as such we remain committed to delivering a great service and having a positive impact. Our culture at Onward is collegiate and customer-centric, and we are looking for new Non-Executive Directors who strongly identify with our purpose, ambitions and values. For both roles we are looking for leaders who thrive when adding considerable strategic value beyond their area of technical expertise. Exposure to large, complex, customer-centric organisations is essential, and insight into a regulated environment would be highly desirable.

You really can make a difference at Onward. I hope you will apply, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Bronwen Rapley
Chief Executive

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