Independent Chair - Flexible Working Available

Barking, London (Greater)
11 Sep 2019
30 Sep 2019
Part Time
Contract Type

Barking Riverside is a development of 10,800 homes on the bank of the River Thames in East London.  It has an established community that is growing, meaning that over the course of the next 10 years the population at Barking Riverside will eventually become the size of a small town.  Barking Riverside London is a joint venture between the Mayor of London and L&Q, meaning that the development has a commitment to social impact at its core, and the investment that is being made will deliver a range of transformative amenities including an over ground rail extension, healthcare, schools, new green spaces, public squares, a river connection into central London and up to 65,000 m2 of commercial floor space including shopping, community and leisure facilities. This is one of the largest development projects in the UK, as well as also being one of the largest brownfield development sites in Europe.

Most excitingly, there is an ambition to connect local communities to the River Thames and to design and deliver facilities, services and projects on the river frontage that create a destinational river experience for all of London.

A vitally important aspiration for the development is long-term community stewardship, and so Barking Riverside has plans to transfer all public spaces and buildings into a Community Interest Company (CIC). Regarding the CIC, we are currently at a stage where we are working with local people and stakeholders to undertake a review of the CIC structure and it’s suggested governance. A “Learning Forum” will be created to complete this review and will make recommendations on whether the CIC can be improved for the benefit of the community. We are seeking to appoint someone to independently chair this Learning Forum and CIC review process. This is an innovative way of working that has been designed to give weight and meaning to resident-led decision making, and so this project has received a lot of interest from professional and academic organisations who are keen to learn from this experimental approach.

Title: Independent Chair, Barking Riverside Community Interest Company Review Process

Based at our site project office in Barking, IG11

Contract to be scoped - roughly 2 days a week on a consultancy basis

Salary £ Competitive


Barking Riverside London is looking to appoint an inspirational Independent Chair to lead a “Learning Forum” of residents, senior political stakeholders, community group representatives and consultants. This role could be filled by an individual who operates as a consultant, or by an organisation who takes responsibility for leading the Learning Forum.

This role should be attractive to individuals or organisations that are passionate about community leadership, as well as the property industry becoming a more innovative and forward-thinking environment. The individual or organisation should champion bold and imaginative thinking, whilst also considering both community and commercial perspectives when making decisions.

To see a full list of the skills, experience and expertise that we are looking to for, please download the full job description.


Applications for this position will open on the 9th of September – you will have three weeks to apply, meaning that all applications need to be returned by midnight on the 30th of September. Please apply using your CV and a covering letter explaining how you, or your organisation, fulfils experience, expertise and knowledge that we have said is needed for this role, as well as your approach to structuring the Learning Forum. Please send the CV and covering letter to

L&Q Values

We expect all of our employees to support our environmental policy and social responsibility work. We are an employer committed to environmental and social responsibility.

We value diversity in all its facets, including gender, disability, age, sexual orientation and identity.

We are committed to supporting your work-life balance and recognise the changing demands and circumstances in life.