Housing associations in England are independent societies, bodies of trustees or companies established for the purpose of providing low-cost social housing for people in housing need on a non-profit-making basis.
Affordable housing companies often develop and put out to tender social housing projects and work closely with privately-owned developers on joint ventures. Due to planning laws, there are Affordable Housing requirements for certain locations and proposed developments.
These companies often require the same set of resource and skills as a speculative developer, as they are effectively doing the same thing – building houses/homes. This means there is another crossover of professionals available to us and our clients.
Certain housing associations even have speculative development arms that build homes for the private market and as such have similar jobs. This is usually done to provide funds for their social housing plans, as they are not-for-profit – these arms act very closely to developers/housebuilders.
We have extensive experience working with affordable housing developers and understand the extra levels of administration that these organisations are tasked with. It takes a certain type of person to work for a HA, due to the ethical nature of the business and the layers of red tape.
Examples of roles we have successfully headhunted on include:-
- Land Director
- Planning Director
- Senior Development Manager
- Project Manager
- Business Development Manager