Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE)
Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities
Audit and Risk, Communication, Technology / Digital, Regulation, Transformation, Consumer Advocacy
Number of vacancies
Length of term
Up to 4 years
11pm on 27 September 2023
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Timeline for this appointment
29 August 2023
11pm on 27 September 2023
20 October 2023
Interviews expected to end on
17 November 2023
Timeline dates are only an estimate and can change
Introduction from the Secretary of State
Thank you for your interest in joining the Board of the Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE) – the Department’s free information and advice service for leaseholders and park home owners.
I am seeking to appoint members who can support the incoming Chair in scrutinising the day-to-day work of LEASE against the department’s objectives for the organisation, whilst also overseeing the next phase of the organisation's transformation into a modern, digitally-enabled service that also highlights the issues that leaseholders and park home owners face.
The challenge is clear: leaseholders and park home owners face unparalleled complexity and a lack of control or power over their homes. Freeholders also typically have more information and greater legal firepower such that the odds are stacked against consumers. That is why Government funds a free service for consumers through LEASE, which helps thousands of people each year. LEASE exists exclusively to help those leaseholders and park home owners by providing free information and advice; whether that’s to know their rights, or understand and challenge a complex bill.
As a member of the Board, you will be accountable to Ministers for LEASE’s performance, stewardship of public funds and how you manage the Board and Executive Team to deliver their priorities. You will be joining the Non-Executive team at a vital time, with a new Chair joining to deliver a clear mission that I have set - transforming LEASE so it is a more impactful, customer friendly and cost-effective operation that can use its position and voice to highlight the issues leaseholders and park home owners face. This important reforming mission requires speed so that LEASE is ready to help leaseholders harness the opportunities resulting from Government’s planned once in a generation legislative reforms. In light of this, you can expect a high level of interest from all stakeholders in leasehold, and rising demand from consumers for LEASE’s existing services.
You and the Board will be expected to manage that rising demand; reform LEASE’s operations; and work with others outside of LEASE on behalf of leaseholders and park home owners to deliver the objectives LEASE is set by Ministers. We hope to receive applications from a diverse range of individuals. A strong drive to improve the situation of leaseholders is essential, and we would welcome candidates from ethnic minority backgrounds. Full details of the roles and responsibilities are set out in this document and further information about LEASE can be found on its website.
Thank you for considering bringing your skills and energy to these important roles.
The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP
Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and Minister for Intergovernmental Relations
Board members will be expected to:
- scrutinise LEASE’s performance in meeting agreed goals and objectives and take action to improve outcomes where necessary.
- hold the Executive team to account for the effective and efficient delivery of the annual business plan and for the day-to-day management, delivery and performance of LEASE.
- ensure LEASE has the capacity and capabilities to deliver its objectives and take forward transformation.
- ensure that the Board operates within the limits of its statutory authority and in accordance with the authority delegated from its sponsoring Department and with guidance issued by it.
- ensure that effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance on risk management, governance, and internal control, and demonstrate high standards of corporate governance at all times.
- act as a champion for the work and role of LEASE and leaseholders and park home owner issues.
- work effectively with a wide range of stakeholders and with consumers, using these skills to understand and champion issues.
- provide knowledge and independent advice according to individual areas of expertise, based on their wider experience in other organisations.
- contribute to specific aspects of work, including reviews of the organisational structure and oversight of the implementation of major strategic programmes as required.
LEASE is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body funded by DLUHC to provide free information and advice to leaseholders and park home owners in England and Wales, including on building safety issues. It currently aims to:
- improve general knowledge and understanding of the practical implications of being a leaseholder or park home owner;
- improve awareness and understanding of government actions and reforms on leasehold, commonhold, building safety and park homes;
- enable leaseholders and park home owners to make informed decisions on next steps as they embark on their journey towards an outcome; and
- support improved outcomes for leaseholders and park home owners who are facing an issue.
These objectives are delivered through LEASE’s comprehensive range of online information and resources and its enquiry service which allows customers to receive advice by email or a fifteen-minute telephone call. LEASE’s current operating budget is c.£1.9m p.a and it has around 25 staff, mainly trained legal advisers who work alongside support staff.
Further information on LEASE can be found through its website: https://www.lease-advice.org
The Board comprises of a Chair and members appointed by the Secretary of State for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. A campaign is underway to appoint a new permanent chair for LEASE and these Board roles will provide LEASE with a Non-Executive Team needed to provide effective governance, performance scrutiny and leadership. We are looking for a minimum of three Board members (and potentially a fourth member) with the range of skills outlined in this pack and for one of these to be a candidate who can Chair the Audit and Assurance Committee.
Information about the current Board can be found here: https://www.lease-advice.org/about-us/lease-board/
Both the Chair and the Board members are expected to abide by the Nolan values of public office and Cabinet Office’s Code of Practice on Corporate Governance in Central Government departments throughout their terms.
Regulation of appointment
This post is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. For more information, please refer to the Commissioner’s website