Recruiting Non-Executive Directors at Dot Dot Dot

About Dot Dot Dot

Dot Dot Dot is a social enterprise which allows people who do brilliant voluntary work to live cheaply in buildings that would otherwise be empty.  This benefits everyone – residents get well-managed, inexpensive homes and support to give more time to charity, property owners see their buildings looked after by reliable residents, and communities avoid the blight empty property attracts while benefiting from residents’ volunteering.

We have grown robustly since our launch in 2011.  Today, we are a team of twenty people housing hundreds of people across England from our base in the Olympic Park.  To date, our guardians have given more than 200,000 hours of their time to good causes – the equivalent of 140 years of full-time work donated to charity, worth more than £2m if paid at the living wage.  Founder Katharine Hibbert was named as one of the Big Issue’s ‘Changemakers’ of 2019 – the 100 individuals and organisations doing the most to address today’s most pressing social issues.

Looking to the future, we are ambitious to grow the volunteering we support, the number of people we house and our geographical spread whilst continuing to push up the quality and consistency of the service we offer to residents and property owners.  The property guardian sector – in which we are the only social enterprise – is growing, and we are growing our market share within it.  We have high levels of interest from people who would like to be housed by us, and a growing proportion of property owners are choosing to work with us because they appreciate our focus on quality, diligence, communication and reliability as well as our commitment to social impact.

About the role

We would like to strengthen our approach to governance and oversight to match with our current size and future ambition.  We are therefore looking to recruit between two and four excellent non-executive directors to bring oversight to our strategy, decision-making and risk management.

These positions will be paid £4,000 pa, in return for a minimum time commitment of six days per year.  This time commitment will be made up of:

  • Preparation for and attendance at four board meetings a year
  • Attendance at a half-day strategy workshop
  • Additional contribution to specific issues relevant to your experience through working groups or as an advisor
  • Communication with the board of directors and the executive staff outside of these meetings from time to time

All meetings will be held in London, and will be scheduled at times which are as convenient as possible for all participants.  The next board meeting will be held during w/c 20th January 2020.

Board members must be willing to be registered as a director of Dot Dot Dot with Companies House, and must be eligible for this appointment.

As the appointment of non-executive directors is a new part of Dot Dot Dot’s governance structure, these directors will initially be appointed for a term of one year.  Future term lengths and rules around reappointment will be agreed by the board over the course of the year.

Role Description

The role of the Board of Directors is to agree the strategic direction of the organisation, to oversee the implementation of that strategy and to ensure that the organisation is governed to the highest standards.

In this role, you will:

  • Agree Dot Dot Dot’s medium- and long-term strategy
  • Agree one-year operating plans presented by the management team in the context of the long-term strategy, and oversee the company’s performance against these plans
  • Oversee risk management and monitor internal controls
  • Oversee and monitor financial planning
  • Agree the organisation’s policy framework
  • Ensure that Dot Dot Dot’s approach to governance is effective and appropriate

In carrying out this work, Dot Dot Dot’s non-executive directors will be expected to:

  • Use board meetings and other meetings as appropriate to question, challenge, monitor and support the chief executive and senior leadership team as a critical friend
  • Bring an independent perspective to decision-making
  • Act as an ambassador and advocate for Dot Dot Dot

Person specification

All non-executive Board members will be able to demonstrate the experience and skills outlined below:

Experience:

  • Experience of governance or leadership in a comparable organisation
  • Experience of generating or agreeing strategy in a comparable organisation
  • Demonstrable understanding of some or all of the following sectors – housing, regeneration, property development, property security, social enterprise or the voluntary sector
  • Experience of leading an organisation through change or growth, ideally in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Experience of overseeing a comparable organisation’s finances and risk-management strategies

Skills and Qualities:

  • The ability to listen effectively and contribute constructively in a committee environment, supporting collective decisions and balancing challenge with assurance and support
  • A commitment to understanding and managing risk rigorously and thoroughly
  • Ambitious and entrepreneurial in identifying opportunities for Dot Dot Dot and generating or supporting creative approaches to make the most of them
  • Strong commitment to Dot Dot Dot’s values and mission

Appointment process

Expressions of interest in these roles, comprising a CV and covering email, should be sent by email to Katharine Hibbert (katharine.hibbert@dotdotdotproperty.com) by 28th October.

Appointments will be made during November 2019, and the first board meeting will be held during w/c 20th January 2020

Katharine, Dot Dot Dot’s founder, will be happy to discuss the role with potential candidates – please email her with any questions or to arrange an opportunity to speak.