Women account for the majority of service users and employees in the social housing sector…

…yet, they are still underrepresented in management and senior roles.

Sharing Leadership.

Men and women sharing leadership in the housing sector matters.

A large number of studies show that diversity in leadership, and overall in workplaces, results in more effective organisations, more proactive and intelligent leadership, better risk assessment and innovation.

It also allows institutions to better reflect the aspirations of their stakeholders – public institutions, staff, tenants, local communities and other clients.

“A Woman’s Place in Housing.”

Chwarae Teg’s NEW research, — A Woman’s Place in Housing — examines the gender balance in the decision making roles within housing associations, and provides a picture of the current situation in the social-housing sector in Wales.

From local authorities and other related Regulatory, to Advisory and Umbrella Organisations across Wales — both at Governance and Management tiers, the research covers:-

  • 38 housing associations ( HAs ).
  • 22 local authorities ( LAs ).
  • 3 regulatory and advisory bodies and 6 umbrella organisations.

The overall picture.

The representation of women increases as we move down the tiers of the Organisational Hierarchy [ ? ].

This pattern of less women occupying higher positions is well observed in the case of both Housing Associations ( HAs ) and Local Authorities ( LAs ).

Only 39% of HAs have female chief executives, and 33% have female chairs on their management boards.

In the case of LAs, female representation in senior roles is significantly lower than for men.

Overall, 64% of the LAs have less than 20% female representation in the decision making roles in relation to housing issues.

Research by Dr Hade Turkmen, Chwarae Teg Research Partner. Hade.Turkmen@chwaraeteg.com.

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