BHT is recruiting for a Director of Finance and Resources

One of the most important colleagues for any chief executive is that of the Director of Finance. For me it has to be someone who I can rely on and who has great judgement.  As with any charity, we have our challenges, and the Director of Finance must have a calm head on their shoulders.  Fortunately, crises in BHT are few and far between, but there are challenges regarding the furture direction of BHT to 2022 and beyond.

At BHT the post is called the Director of Finance and Resources and is one of four in the executive management team, working as a close team with Nikki Homewood (our Director of Advice and Support Services), David Chaffey (Director of Housing and Property Services) and me.

The role is currently filled on an interim basis by Les Warren and we are looking to recruit a Director who will take a lead on financial strategy, risk management, operational and financial performance. The Director is responsible for optimising the organisations financial position, value for money and providing constructive challenge and advice to income generation and sustainable growth strategies. They oversee and direct the effective implementation of the Trust’s IT strategy, act as company secretary and be responsible for much of the organisations central resources.

I am looking for someone with vision and an ability to deliver services of excellence, and I will give them support and space to influence the future of the organisation.

This is an exciting post. If you have the passion, are self-motivated, collaborative and a team player, and if you are as ambitious as we are, we want to hear from you. Further information is available here. You must hurry.  The closing date for applications is next Monday (24th April).

Photo of the Day: David Chaffey


Today’s Photo of the Day is of David Chaffey, BHT’s new Director of Housing and Property Services.  David started with BHT last week but as I was still off on annual leave, today is the first day I have been working with him.

I am delighted that we have been able to attract someone of David’s experience and expertise. I have known David for over a decade and know he is a class act. I am really looking forward to working with him in the years to come.

David has worked in housing for thirty years in both local authorities and housing associations predominantly in housing management, lettings, repairs and more latterly leading on resident involvement. In his mot recent role he was head of tenant engagement for a large, national housing association. His approach to tenant involvement is core to the ethos of BHT.

He served for fifteen years from its inception as a Board member of one of BHT’s partner organisations, Sussex Oakleaf, who specialise in mental health provision.

David has said of his new role: “I am delighted to be joining BHT at this time. I have worked with BHT in different capacities for over ten years, so I am very familiar with its housing provision and culture.

“I live in Hove so I know the area and its challenges very well. I am keen to become as familiar with Eastbourne and Hastings where BHT provides housing and other services.

“My biggest and immediate challenge is to set in place a new asset management strategy so that our homes remain well maintained and safe.”