Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in a non-executive position with the Bernicia Group.

Entirely focussed on the North East, Bernicia is committed to the provision of great homes and services. We own and manage over 14,000 properties and provide housing and care and support services for single people, couples, families and older residents.

We also have two commercial trading subsidiaries; Kingston, which provides block, estate and facilities management services to the private residential and commercial sectors and Livingspaces which provides services and advice relating to property development, sales and the residential private rented sector.

Bernicia is a successful organisation that has clear corporate objectives; we value our customers, work together, respect each other, provide strong corporate governance and leadership and have the highest levels of accountability and integrity. We have a proven track record in key areas such as high levels of governance, strong levels of performance and customer satisfaction and considerable financial strength.

The Board is intent upon maintaining and building upon these achievements. The key being our Corporate Strategy, “Housing People, Helping People”. This sets out what we want to achieve during the next phase of Bernicia’s development and importantly the type of organisation that Bernicia is, and will become.

We will increase the number of new homes that we develop, implement new models of service delivery based on our digitalisation plans, develop our in-house maintenance provider and invest in our commercial companies to support their growth ambitions and increase their profitability.

There are exciting times ahead for our business. With the commitment to invest £200m across the Region by 2023, we have the scale and capacity to make a positive difference to our residents and neighbourhoods, combined with real local focus and accountability. We are held in high regard for all the right reasons.

We are looking to recruit Board and Independent Committee Members who will complement our highly skilled board. In particular, we are seeking applicants who have the ability to function effectively as part of our governance structure, focus on strategy, share our values and can commit the time required. If you feel that you match these requirements we would welcome an application from you.

Included within this site is a copy of our strategy which will give you a more detailed insight into the work of Bernicia. I hope you will follow up your initial interest and I look forward to receiving your application.

With best wishes

John Holmes - Group Chair