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Chair and Trustees – Sulets


Join a successful and growing charity providing high quality housing to students across Leicester. This is a great opportunity for people with strategic leadership and creative thinking skills to bring your expertise to the Board of the biggest single provider of student accommodation in Leicester.

  • Location: Leicester
  • Salary: Unremunerated - reasonable expenses reimbursed

About the roles

Sulets is the biggest single provider of student accommodation in Leicester and provides housing and advice to students, last year renting high quality accommodation to 2,400 students. With a policy of ‘no fee’ for tenants and a commitment to high quality standards, we also provide advice to students ranging from money advice, budgeting or how to deal with repairs. Last year we were shortlisted for the University Business Partner of the Year and nominated for the Small Business of the Year.

Having grown our reserves and following another successful year, we are poised for growth. There is a continued growing demand for our services from both Landlords and Tenants, and we are now looking towards our next stage of development. To help us to do this we want to invite two new trustees and a chair to join and continue to diversify our Board.

Working with a diverse board including university, student and independent representation our chair and trustees will lead and contribute to the development of a new strategy to realise our growth agenda whilst maintaining our commitment to providing high quality accommodation at a fair price for students.

Who we're looking for

As our chair, you will have significant leadership experience at an executive or non-executive level and bring a track record in leading successful growth, development and expansion preferably in a property, housing or lettings environment, although we are open to experience from other sectors.

Our ideal candidate will have experience of raising finance and will bring a strong commercial and customer focus, balanced with an affinity to our charitable purpose. With the credibility and gravitas to interface with university, community and business stakeholders, you will possess high-level negotiation and ambassadorial skills and have the ability to provide constructive challenge and support to our entrepreneurial CEO. Clear thinking and decisive with the ability to drive consensus in the context of competing demands, you will also bring the knowledge and expertise to continue to drive excellent governance and board performance.

As our trustee, we are looking for you to bring skills within either marketing, communications and social media or property development and/or lettings. You will also possess the strategic leadership and creative thinking skills to be able to contribute fully to a diverse and forward-thinking organisation and be entrepreneurial and creative in your approach.

Time commitment for each role:

Chair role – two days a month

Trustee role – one day a month

For an informal discussion about the roles please contact our advising consultant:

Philippa Fabry | 07772 902071 | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: 9am, Monday 18th November

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Philippa Fabry

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Dear Candidate,

I’m delighted you are considering a position on the board of Sulets and I hope you are excited by the prospect of joining us at a time when we are poised to grow and develop further.

We have built a strong reputation for providing high quality and affordable housing to students across Leicester and, since our inception, we have continued to develop – last year we provided high quality accommodation for 2,400 students. We have a strong financial base, with healthy reserves now reaching £1.2m and have made a surplus each year.

We have refreshed our governance, with new memorandum and articles and re-focused on our charitable objectives. We are now in a position where we are focused and clear about how we want to evolve Sulets for the future and need a new chair and trustees to help us achieve the next stage of our journey.

Following a skills audit, we would like to invite individuals to consider these roles who have skills within commercial property and lettings, raising finance and also marketing and communications. It goes without saying you will align to our commitment to provide high quality and affordable housing for students.

As our chair, we need someone who has the leadership experience to help us develop our next strategy. This will include examining how we can best invest our reserves and funds for the future – whether this be in purpose built accommodation or purchasing property. To this end, we are ideally looking for someone who has experience in this area and a proven track record in supporting business growth and raising finance. You will also be adept at chairing a diverse board which includes university, students’ union and independent representation.

We are also looking for two new trustees who could bring experience in either strategic marketing and communications; ideally in an environment engaging with young people and/or students, and/or strategic experience in a commercial property/lettings environment.

In all roles we welcome people who are ambitious, creative and lateral thinkers and are committed to our charitable aims and objectives. We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to consider these opportunities and add new perspectives and experiences to our board.

We are very excited by the future ahead and you can make a real contribution to our ongoing success. If you are interested, please do read the information we have provided and contact Philippa Fabry at Peridot Partners for further information and an informal conversation.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Martyn Riddleston
Chair, Sulets

Providing high quality and affordable homes for students in Leicester

Sulets is a charitable company limited by guarantee and was established with the principle aim of providing high quality and affordable homes for students in Leicester.

Originally setup by our two founding members, Leicester Students’ Union and De Montfort Students’ Union, we operate as a lettings agent providing access to a range of accommodation in various areas throughout the city. We are dedicated to providing the best housing options, from student halls to private properties, as well as offering independent advice operating from two offices in Leicester Students’ Union and De Montfort Students’ Union.

We have developed our own Code of Standards for private sector housing to increase the quality and standard in those properties, and delivered innovative models to offer an inclusive package of accommodation and utility costs in Private Rented Sector housing in Leicester.

We aim to:

  • Support students by offering good quality housing options
  • Raise standards in the Private Rented Sector
  • Support the two Leicester Universities and their Students’ Unions and deliver high quality housing for the Leicester student accommodation market.

We have made surpluses year on year and built up good reserves. We are now looking to invest to support the growth of our organisation and continue to be able to respond to the strong demand for our services. Last year we provided high quality accommodation for 2,400 students.

The Trustee board comprises Directors from the University of Leicester, University of Leicester Students’ Union, De Montfort University and De Montfort Students’ Union as well as an independent trustees.

The Trustee board meets four times a year.

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Please download the Job Description and Person Specification for the Chair and Trustee roles and complete this Equality Monitoring Form

If you would like an informal conversation around the role, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Philippa Fabry | 07772 902071 | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification. It would also be helpful to provide an explanation of your interest and motivation in applying for this position within your supporting statement.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Chair or Trustees, Sulets” into the subject field.

We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.


Closing date: 9am, Monday 18th November 2019
Interviews: w/c Monday 25th November 2019 and/or w/c Monday 2nd December 2019

Chair interviews precede trustee interviews so the appointed candidate can ideally participate in chair interviews.

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

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