board membership policy
Currently, membership of the Association is limited to Board members. Membership of the Board entitles the Board member to be a member of the Association and may vote at an AGM. Except for Council Board members who are nominated by the Local Authority. In this case the Local Authority is a Corporate member of the Association and has one vote only.
We are committed to listening to what matters to our customers and improving our services to meet these needs. Wulvern's Board are in the process of establishing a tenant scrutiny panel which will report to the Board on the Wulvern customer experience and performance.
The Board has responsibility for strategic decision making and for directing the business of the Association. Election to Board membership will reflect these responsibilities.
At our September 2008 AGM, Board approved a scheme for payment of Independent Board members. Board are keeping this under review and the aim is at some point in the future, to include Tenant Board members in the scheme.
Payment of members
The following payments are in line with other Housing Associations of a similar size and the Tenant’s Ombudsman Service:-
Independent Board member £3000 pa
Chair £8000 pa
Vice Chair £5000 pa
Chairs of Committees £6525 pa
Tenant Board member nil
Schedule 1 of the Housing Act 1996
There are also restrictions on the receipt of other benefits by Board members, their families and firms that they control (these are fully covered in the Association’s ‘Code of Conduct for Board Members’). Out of pocket expenses are paid.
The Board is limited in size to 12 members, including co-optees.
The Association will henceforth implement the National Housing Federation’s recommendation to restrict the size of the Board to 12 members.