by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under Governance - Committees.

A revised Board and committee structure was introduced in 2009 with a need to refocus their work to concentrate effort of where it could have greatest impact.

The new structure also aimed to harness the expertise of Board members in a more effective manner. Three committees were established, based on the three broad areas in the company’s Business Plan 2009 – 2013.

Following the outcome of the housing options review, the Board approved a new committee structure in November 2012.

Following the transfer of Gateshead Council’s Construction Services and Mears on 1 April 2017, the Assets, Development and Investment Committee was renamed ‘Property and Assets Committee’ and the terms of reference were updated.

The committees are:

  • Customers and Communities – covering customer and tenant involvement, satisfaction, local services, policies and priorities, access to services, complaints, worklessness and financial inclusion (5 meetings per year)
  • Property and Assets Committee – covering repairs and maintenance delivery, housing capital programme and major works (4 meetings per year)
  • Resources – covering finance and performance and human resources (6 meetings per year)
  • Audit – covering finance and performance and audit (4 meetings per year)

Membership of each committee is between six and eight and the quorum is three.

An Executive Overview Committee has also been established to meet two or three times per year to consider the remuneration of strategic employees (including the Managing Director) and Board Members allowances.

Membership will comprise of the Chairs of the committees, the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Board.

Governance, major policy issues and quarterly performance indicator results are dealt with by the Board which continues to meet two-monthly. Appropriate time has been set aside for the Board to discuss issues without the necessity for a formal report.

The company’s vision, values and objectives were developed by the Board, tenants and employees through a range of methods to ensure broad ownership.

The public have access to most of the agendas, reports and minutes of the Board and committee meetings, which are available on the internet and at the company’s registered office at Gateshead Civic Centre.

The company also has a protocol for public attendance at meetings.

In addition, the company is committed to providing a wide range of information about its services and functions, in a variety of formats wherever possible.

Please note: All minutes of the meetings of The Gateshead Housing Company Board previous to July 2016 can be downloaded.

For further information about the com­pany’s Board, Committees or meetings, contact the Governance and Risk Lead on 0191 433 5308 or e-mail