Chief Executive

Gateway Housing Association


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration

    Attractive package

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    28 March 2021

  • Client

    Gateway Housing Association

Ref: GSe71399

Gateway Housing Association in an ambitious housing association with 3,000 homes in the heart of London’s East End. Operating mostly in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, we have been supporting communities to thrive since 1926.

Our vision is for our residents, stakeholders, and colleagues to know us for the quality of our homes and services. We want people to want to live in a Gateway home and are committed to provide great homes for people in East London.

Following the excellent leadership of our current Chief Executive, Kate Dodsworth, we are firmly looking to the future, guided by our Unlocking Performance Strategy. We are not only looking for our new Chief Executive to continue to lead us on our current path, but to forge the next phase for Gateway.

With a strong and stable financial base, our new Chief Executive will continue to drive tangible improvements in our services to deliver excellence in customer service, ensuring our residents voice is at the heart of all strategies, policies, and decisions. You will deliver our growth ambitions of building a further 390 homes, and you will not wait for legislation to do the right thing, embedding a compliance ‘plus’ mindset and culture across all our operations. Working collaboratively with the Board, all staff, and many external stakeholders, you will lead our organisation to deliver our plans through a single culture and vision.

We are looking for a special kind of leader to take us into our future. You will have extensive knowledge and experience of the affordable housing sector and have a customer first approach to everything that you do. You will know how to forge meaningful and lasting relationships with stakeholders and understand the working collaboratively will always achieve more. You will have experience of leading a business and a mindset that embraces innovation and change, and the ambition to do things better.

We are Leadership 2025 Diversity Champions. The Board and Executive Management Team has committed to an aspirational target of 50% recruitment of women and/or BAME candidates.

If you would like further information about this appointment, please speak to our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson: Frazer Thouard (07384 810 743), Rosie Gunn (07964 841 007) or Sarah Cripps (0113 416 6773).

Gateway Housing Association is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
Midnight, Sunday 14th March 2021

Long listing
Thursday 18th March 2021

Preliminary interviews
Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th and Friday 26th March 2021

Short listing
Wednesday 31st March 2021

Week commencing 5th April 2021

Final panel
Wednesday 7th April 2021

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.


  1. Gateway Housing Association, Chief Executive, candidate information pack.pdf


Frazer Thouard: 020 3854 1485
Rosie Gunn: 0207 426 3998
Sarah Cripps: 0113 416 6773