Welcome Letter From The Chief Executive

Dear Candidate

Thank you for taking the time to review the information in respect of our senior management vacancy, Head of Human Resources.

Community Gateway Association took the stock transfer of over 6,000 homes from Preston City Council in November 2005. We were the first social housing organisation in the UK to be set up as a 'community gateway' and we remain the only such social landlord in the North of England. This means tenants and communities are at the heart of our decisions, and as such we enable local people to have the maximum opportunity to influence our work.

Over the past eight years we have successfully delivered our Improvement Programme, and firmly embedded and delivered our Community Empowerment Strategy. With a turnover of £20 million per annum our plans for continued growth are both interesting and challenging!

Not only do we focus on empowering our tenants at CGA, employee involvement is high on our agenda too. Our commitment to our employees is evidenced through one of our values, 'we value and support all our people' and also by the fact that we are an Investors in People Gold organisation and we achieved number 37 in the Times 100 Best Companies to Work For Survey in 2011 and number 17 in 2012. I believe this clearly validates that we empower our people and have successfully created a culture of openness and transparency. We are committed to enabling all of our employees to develop to their full potential. In return for investing in 'our people' there is demonstrable evidence of employees commitment to living the Gateway Brand and year on year, as one big team, we demonstrate high standards of service and customer excellence.

You will be joining the organisation during exciting times in our Gateway journey as we continue to firmly integrate our repairs service that transferred to the organisation in April 2013 and transfer the Grounds Maintenance Service in-house in March 2014.

Welfare Reform is high on our agenda along with the Green Agenda, Digital Inclusion, and Employment and Skills to name but a few of the pivotal high priority areas in which we will be focusing our attentions.

High on the HR agenda is the delivery of the People Strategy, the interim Investors in People Assessment, the development of a new learning and development strategy along with ensuring that the existing structure is aligned with the achievement of the corporate strategic objectives.

As a member of CGA's management team you will be required to demonstrate excellent leadership ability and be able to develop proficient performance management in relation to your staff.

This role provides you with an opportunity to help us continue on our journey to become an employer of choice and an excellent housing provider. With our plans for the future I genuinely believe that this is a superb time to be joining the organisation.

If you feel you can deliver an outstanding service to our tenants and provide the visionary leadership to ensure CGA maintains its leading edge then I look forward to receiving your application and hopefully to meeting you in the future.

Yours sincerely

Chief Executive

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