Formed in 1998, EPC owns or manages 18 Centres in England, Scotland, and Wales and supports over 1,000 change-making organisations. Our tenants work across a wide range of activities from the provision of welfare services, to campaigning groups, through to farmers’ markets selling local produce. We currently have Centres in Bath, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Oxford, and Sheffield, and our workspaces are as diverse in scale and style as our tenants.
We build close relationships with our partners – tenants, investors, and other strategic partners – to understand their needs and to explore and design ways in which places can be used to meet their objectives, and thus to unlock the potential that exists in their communities. We set up and manage these places, working closely with the communities that use them, to deliver positive outcomes. We measure, audit, and then report on the impacts we have achieved, relating them to externally validated frameworks of sustainable impact.
This is an exciting opportunity to join the Board of Directors of a pioneering sustainable impact business. The Ethical Property Company (EPC) is a property partner, bringing people and organisations together to create inspiring places where we facilitate the connections and activities that are needed to create a better future.
The Board of Directors currently consists of seven members with a range of property, finance, and governance experience, together with a shared commitment to sustainable impact. The Board sets the direction of the company and balances the interests of tenants, shareholders, and staff. We are seeking a new non-executive member of the Board to replace an existing Director whose term of office will come to an end in March 2024.
Commitment to EPC’s values is essential. Previous non-executive experience is not required, and an induction programme will be provided to the successful candidate.
• We are looking for an individual who is values-led and who exhibits those personal qualities that will promote good governance, collegiate decision-making, and successful outcomes for the company.
• We welcome candidates with a commercial mindset and an innovative perspective that will help the company to thrive in the changing environment for workspace provision.
• It would be desirable if the successful candidate had good knowledge of at least one of:
• Sustainable economy
• Partnership working
• Finance, or audit, or risk
• We welcome candidates who are knowledgeable about and have experience of working in one our regional Centre locations, such as Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Manchester, Sheffield, or Edinburgh.
• We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, who will bring new perspectives, fresh ideas, and reflect the communities we aim to serve.
• A key priority for the company is to extend its range of shareholders who are committed to sustainable impact. In addition, the Board is keen to develop deeper relationships with existing stakeholders, and for the company to foster local and other partnerships where all parties have clearly aligned goals.
If you would like to apply for the role, please use the online application form. You will need to provide a CV and a letter of application, summarising your skills and experience, and which sets out why you are interested in becoming a non-executive Director of EPC. The CV and letter combined should comprise no more than five pages of A4 at standard font size. The closing date for applications is Friday 22 December.
If you would like to discuss the position with the chair of the Board, please contact Juliana Otalora (our HR Manager) who will arrange a meeting.
First-round interviews will be held on Wednesday 17 January 2024 in Bristol and second-round interviews on Thursday 1 February January in London. The successful candidate will be appointed in early February in readiness to attend our AGM in London on the morning of 21 March 2024, and our next Board meeting on the afternoon of 3 April 2024.
This role comes with a professional fee of £5,556 a year. We will also reimburse all reasonable expenses incurred in performing the duties of the office.
The fee assumes around 12 days worked each year, including four Board meetings and attendance at the AGM each year, plus membership of one of the Board’s sub-committees which meet up to four times a year. Non-executive Directors will also be called upon to provide further support in specialist areas.
The existing Directors have the power to appoint the new Director until the next AGM, when they must be voted in by shareholders. The new Director will be appointed for one three-year term and must retire by rotation, but with the agreement of the Board they can stand for re-election at the company’s AGM and serve for a second term.
Interested? Click ''Apply'‘ and you will be emailed a link to continue your application via the EPC recruitment portal