Join us as Chair of our Board

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We’ve been providing safe and happy homes in Bridgend for the last 20 years. We’re an integral part of our local community and play a pivotal role in the ongoing regeneration and prosperity of Bridgend and South Wales. 

We provide more than 6,000 secure and affordable homes, and have a portfolio of leasehold flats, garages and commercial properties. Our 20th birthday year has also marked the imminent launch of our new repairs and maintenance company, Llanw.

Our overarching purpose is to provide sustainable homes and places where people feel safe and happy, and to play a part in building a better Bridgend and Wales. 

Our Board plays an important role in ensuring that the right decisions are made to ensure we are achieving our purpose. Board members have ultimate authority and accountability for the running of the organisation for the benefit of our customers, communities and colleagues, providing support and constructive challenge to the leadership team to achieve our objectives.

Now at the end of his tenure, our current Chair of the Board Anthony Whittaker, is preparing to step down. 

As such, we are seeking a new Chair that will join us and play a central strategic leadership role in achieving our vision and ensuring that our values guide and define how we work. That means we will value people, think differently, and have the courage to see things through.

This is an opportunity that will suit a proven strategic leader, who can clearly define organisational objectives and then work effectively with us and partners to see these translated into delivery on the ground. You’ll be passionate about communities, dedicated to putting customers at the heart of what we do, and committed to reducing our environmental impact as a business.

It’s not essential that you have direct experience within the housing sector – what’s more important is your understanding of the role of Chair and your ability to fulfil it. You’ll have an informed understanding of the importance of good governance and the principles that define it, and you’ll be prepared to support and constructively challenge colleagues, creating space for different perspectives and expertise to inform how we work.

Read through our recruitment pack here, or contact our retained consultants at ema, Anne Elliott on 07875 762 029, for a confidential discussion.

Closing date for applications: January 8, 2024

How to apply

Thank you for expressing an interest in this position. If you have read the candidate briefing information and you would like to apply, please follow the guidelines below.


Please submit an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV) and covering letter ensuring that you quote reference number ema:470

It is important that your CV highlights supporting evidence of how your previous experience and skills relate to the criteria outlined in the job profile and person profile. Within your CV, please supply the following:

  • Full name and postal address;
  • Work and home telephone number, mobile number and email address (NB most written communication with you will be electronic);
  • National Insurance Number;
  • Employment history (explaining any gaps);
  • Education and dates your qualifications were obtained;
  • Current Memberships of relevant professional associations/Institutes and dates.

Your covering letter (maximum of 3 pages) should be used to convey why you are attracted to the role describing how your experience and skills will help Valleys to Coast map out their future purpose, direction and priorities. The covering letter is considered an important aspect of your application and will be used to assess your motivation for the role.

We also request that you complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form which can be downloaded here. Any information collated from the Equality and Diversity Recruitment Monitoring Form will not be used as part of the selection process and will be treated as strictly confidential.

The timetable for the selection process is included below. In your supporting letter, please advise us if you have any difficulty with the outlined dates and/or any other dates when you are unavailable for assessment. We try to offer flexibility, but it can be difficult to convene the selection panel outside the advertised selection dates due to diary commitments.

Please return your application by noon, January 8, 2024 (electronic submissions) to our retained consultants at ema consultancy Limited to:


All applications will be considered and assessed against the requirements of the Person Profile in order to select an initial long list of candidates.

If you have been successful at this stage ema will contact you via telephone/email immediately following the initial longlisting meeting with Valleys to Coast.


Closing date: January 8, 2024 (12pm)

Screening interviews: W/C January 15, 2024

Final interview and assessments: February 5, 2024


If you have any queries about the position or the selection process; or if you would like an informal and confidential discussion with our retained consultant, please contact Anne Elliott at ema on 07768 027837.