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Thank you for your interest in the role of Chair at Arhag.

We are a not-for-profit organisation, with over forty years of experience providing housing and support for refugee and migrant communities across fifteen boroughs, fourteen in London and Hertsmere. Through our resident and community engagement initiatives, we work to achieve our mission statement ‘To provide the best housing services to our customers while developing the potential of migrants and refugees in London’.

Arhag was founded in 1979 to respond to an urgent need for housing and support amongst Britain’s fast-growing refugee and migrant communities. In addition to refugees and migrants from Africa, ARHAG now houses people from the Indian sub- continent, central and Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. Our housing stock has grown too. We now own and manage just over 900 homes, including one supported housing scheme in Stratford for people who need support and guidance to build a future in one of our communities and homes managed on a management agreement. We employ 21 employees and have an annual turnover of £6.88m.

We have grown through a combination of new build, acquisitions and innovative partnerships and have seen our service offer evolve with improving compliance outputs and performance across our business. At the same time, the organisation is playing a prominent role in a joint collaborative exercise with other smaller housing associations, BME London Landlords. This is a group of thirteen BME led housing organisations who work together in partnership to deliver ambitious, innovative and influential projects that provide positive outcomes and enhance value for money for residents, communities and organisations.

In June 2019 we moved to our own office that is modern and configured to support the activity undertaken within our hub partnership in Stratford, creating a welcoming and pleasant environment where migrants and refugees can access the services they need under one roof. We have been joined by six other specialist organisations and Arhag provides them with centralised shared services

We are particularly proud of the work Arhag has done to date to become the ‘go to organisation’ on addressing issues facing refugees and migrants.  There is still much more to do to build on the successes of our past to ensure a better future for all and for us to become the national voice and the expert on all migrants and refugee issues.

Our present Chair steps down later this year after his term of office expires following almost nine years chairing the Board and driving many of the initiatives that define Arhag today.

We are now seeking an individual to lead us who shares our passion and understanding of the needs of refugees and migrants and is motivated by what we have already achieved and has the skills and ambition to drive our mission for the next stage of our journey as our Chair and ambassador.

Knowledge of the social housing sector isn’t necessary but a successful track record of growing a customer focused service is key along with an ability to utilise a broad range of skills and personal networks to build positive partnerships with key stakeholders, not least the Board, executive, residents and customers

Ifyou would like to play a leading part in shaping the future of our ambitious organisation, then we would be delighted to hear from you.

If, having read about the role you would like to discuss this opportunity further, please contact a member of the Altair team (details are found under the ‘how to apply’  section).

Closing date is 10am, Monday 13th June.