Voluntary Advisory Board Member
Posted on Feb 7, 2019 by URBAN PATCHWORK-1
Urban Patchwork is based by Greenland Dock in Rotherhithe SE16, close to both Surrey Quays and Canada Water stations. We were founded in March 2018 by brother-and-sister team Toby and Tessa who grew up nearby in South London.
In the calls for both improvements to the agency sector and for providing more housing, we saw an opportunity to try and do both:
- We provide professional and personable residential sales and lettings services, including property management (aiming to compete with market-leading agents and to achieve the best possible results for our customers)
- We aim to be a positive example of agency practice (for example, we submitted our support for the Tenant Fees Bill in May 18, which will see the most agency tenant fees scrapped from 1 June.)
- We will use the majority of our profits for homeless housing and support or reinvest them in the organisation so we can increase our impact over the longer term. (We also raise awareness and funds for our local homeless charity the 999 Club.)
We are members of the Property Ombudsman, NAEA & ARLA Propertymark and the Tenancy Deposit Scheme. We are also a certified 'business for good' and member of Social Enterprise UK.
Our aims are integral to how and why they do things and so far, this approach is leading to a high level of customer satisfaction having received 5-star reviews to date from across vendors, buyers, landlords and tenants, as well as other prospective customers. For example, Steve James said:
"Can't recommend them more: very helpful, honest and worked with the highest level of integrity. They helped us in a difficult situation and were able to look outside the box. Thank you."
We also won the Cecil Jackson Cole Award for Social Responsibility at the Agents' Giving Awards in December 2018.
We are seeking volunteers to form a board of experts to act as a sounding board and advise on the direction of the organisation. Once we have profits, board members will also have voting rights on how profits are allocated to homeless housing and support initiatives.
We are ideally looking for five-to-nine people to sit on the board that will meet three or four times a year in person with our two directors. Individuals may also be contacted for advice more regularly. The first board meeting will be held in June/July 2019, the second probably in October/November 2019 and the third most likely in February/March 2020.
Expressions of interest are invited from people with expertise in one or more of the following areas: housing, homelessness, social enterprise management, finance, residential sales and lettings (including in the areas of new homes sales, build-to-rent marketing and property management), proptech and marketing & comms etc.
Contact by an email via the button below or with details of your skills, experience and interests to discuss the opportunity further.
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