Saxton Bampfylde Seeking New CEO for National Housing Federation

April 4, 2018 – U.K.-based executive recruiter Saxton Bampfylde has been tapped by the National Housing Federation to lead in its search for a new CEO following the upcoming retirement of David Orr.

The CEO will have responsibility for the organization’s financial stability, overseeing its £15 million income and 120 people, and ensure it is providing an exceptional and relevant offer to its members and delivering against its mission, values, strategy and business plans, said the search firm. Candidates should have substantial strategic and operational leadership experience, from any sector, and a strong track record of building positive relationships at the highest levels and with a range of stakeholders, including those in government, said Saxton Bampfylde. The ability to deliver high performance and motivate and inspire others to success is also essential.

The incoming leader will “be expected to motivate and inspire others to success, achieving our commercial ambition, utilizing technology, developing our capacity for innovation and futures thinking whilst ensuring the highest standards of governance and financial control,” said the search firm.

Influential Trade Organization

Established in 1935, the National Housing Federation is a trade association that represents providers of housing, much of it termed “affordable housing” in England. It is one the most influential and high profile trade organizations in the U.K. It diverse membership of over 900 housing associations provides two and a half million homes for more than five million people, and reinvests its profit in projects that help create strong, vibrant communities.

Founded in 1986, Saxton Bampfylde works with clients ranging from FTSE 100 companies and blue chip multinationals, government and academia to foundation trust hospitals, arts institutions and not-for-profits. The search firm has recruited new leaders for clients that include ACS International Schools, Kingston University, the David Ross Education Trust, Wycliffe, ACS International Schools, King’s College London, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and the General Dental Council, among others.

Turning to Search Firms

Economic and community development organizations continue to turn to executive search firms to find new leaders. Here’s a look at a few recent searches across the sector from the Hunt Scanlon Media newswire archives:

Gans, Gans & Associates has been retained by the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) in Toledo, OH, to lead its search for a new chief financial officer. Executive recruiter Ernest Barefield is heading the assignment. The Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority has provided housing opportunities to Lucas, Fulton, Wood and Monroe county residents for over 80 years.

Following an extensive national search, Bialla Partners has placed Tallia Hart as president and chief executive officer of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Partner Jeff Hodge led the assignment. Ms. Hart is the first woman, minority, and youngest to lead the 167-year old organization.

Brent Cooper, an entrepreneur, small business owner and longtime leader in the regional business community, has been named president and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. The organization enlisted Cincinnati-based executive recruitment firm Centennial Inc. to conduct the search.

Raffa Nonprofit Search recruited Leila Finucane as CEO of Victory Housing to lead its search for a new president and CEO. Peggy Sand, Raffa senior search and sustainability consultant, led the assignment. The organization serves as the private, non-profit housing affiliate of the Archdiocese of Washington (ADW), specializing in the development and operation of affordable housing.

Waverly Partners placed Scott Martin as the president and CEO of the Norman Chamber of Commerce in Oklahoma. Debbie Galbraith, managing director and principal at Waverly Partners, led the assignment. Mr. Martin has served on the Oklahoma House of Representatives since 2006.

TalentRISE placed Scott Ammarell as CEO of Chicago House. The search was conducted by Carl Kutsmode, partner, and Jennifer Chapman, director of executive search. Chicago House serves individuals and families who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity by providing housing, employment services, medical linkage and retention services, HIV prevention services…

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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