Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association signs up to the Board Charter


HACT is delighted to announce that Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association has signed up to the Board Charter for Community Investment.

“We commend Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association for showing their commitment to community investment by signing up to the Board Charter,” said Andrew van Doorn, Chief Executive of HACT. “By agreeing to the Charter’s nine pledges, Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association have demonstrated their strong commitment to invest in their residents and communities to enable them to thrive.”


Mark Pearson, Chief Executive, Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association, said:

“On behalf of all the board and team at Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association (LYHA), I am delighted that we have signed the HACT Board Charter for Community Investment. We are passionate about the opportunity we have to make a difference to people’s lives and recognise the value that a good home can deliver.

However, as a social landlord, we want to do more than provide housing; we engage with our customers to find out how we can improve their neighbourhoods and invest time and money in work that tangibly improves their physical environment, creates opportunities for people to come together and helps people to live well.

In 2019 we launched our LYHA Community Investment Strategy, in consultation with HACT, and signing the Board Charter formalises this commitment. I believe the Charter creates an opportunity for housing providers to come together collectively and commit to making a difference to communities throughout the country.”


Editor’s notes


HACT launched the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment in September 2018. The Board Charter was launched at the Housing Summit in September 2019 during a speech given by Andrew van Doorn at the conference.


The Board Charter consists of nine pledges to which social housing organisation Boards are required to commit.


The Communities Pledge:

  • Community investment is core to our role as a social housing organisation and central to our social purpose.
  • We commit to owning, investing in, and celebrating our community investment work and its impact.
  • We will work with the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment to help maximise and measure the impact of our work, as well as invest in the people who deliver it.

How we’re going to deliver it:

  • Our Community Investment Strategy will be underpinned by an action plan, and the appropriate resources, people and skills to deliver on our objectives.
  • We will ensure residents are at the heart of community investment, co-creating service design and involved in scrutiny and review.
  • We will be part of our communities, with Board members leaving the boardroom to see community investment delivery first-hand.

How we’ll demonstrate it:

  • We commit to a methodologically robust and rigorous measurement mechanism to evidence the impact of community investment activity.
  • We will publish key measures of success in our annual report to facilitate transparency and accountability.
  • We will be leaders and advocates for community investment, both in and outside of the housing sector.

Find out more about how you can sign up to the Board Charter by visiting our page on the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment.