Board Member – Regeneration Lead

  • Fabric District
Company: Fabric District
Location: North West
  • Part Time
  • Anywhere

The Fabric District CIC was set up in 2017 by a group of local stakeholders who were passionate about regenerating the London Road and Islington areas of Liverpool. This area has a proud history and is a key gateway into the city centre, as well as Lime Street Station, The Royal Liverpool University Hospital, The University of Liverpool and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

The area has a mixture of long-established textile and creative businesses plus emerging start-ups and bars and restaurants. The Fabric District is also home to many buildings that represent Liverpool’s heritage, including Audley House (the TJ Hughes store) and the Clock Tower on London Road.

The area is full of promise and opportunity but there’s lots of work to be done, including protection of the heritage assets, public realm improvements and a greater focus upon environmental sustainability. Additionally, improvements are required to make the area more business-friendly and welcoming for employees and visitors. The residential offer is also imbalanced and lacking diversity and quality.

The Board of the Fabric District CIC works hard to improve the area. We are recognised by Liverpool City Council and consulted on major issues, including all planning applications. We work to create an environment that preserves what’s great about the Fabric District and encourages business growth, culture, a strong and diverse residential offer and a welcoming and pleasant environment. Our annual Arts Festival is a growing and important element of Liverpool’s wider cultural offer.

The role of a board member is exciting, varied and never dull! It is also hard work. We have no staff and rely upon our board and stakeholders to give up their time and work together for the good of the area and our city. But it’s incredibly rewarding and if you’re passionate about regeneration and have the time to spare, we’d love to hear from you.


To be a member of the Fabric District CIC Board working with colleagues to ensure an appropriate strategy is in place to deliver the agreed vision for the area and, thereafter, directly working to implement associated action plans for delivery.

The first part of this Role Profile is applicable to all Board Members and it is supplemented by a specialist role-specific set of responsibilities commensurate with the delivery of the overall Strategy.

Key responsibilities – all board members

A non-exhaustive list of the key role responsibilities is detailed below:

  • Ensuring the highest standards of governance are maintained with the assistance of the Company Secretary and in accordance with the Articles of Association
  • Contributing to the development, delivery and ongoing review of the Fabric District Strategy
  • Leading on a specific specialist area that contributes to the delivery of the Fabric District Strategy in accordance with an agreed supplementary role profile
  • Monitoring the performance of the CIC to ensure delivery of the Fabric District Strategy
  • To contribute towards the development of a Risk Management Strategy for the Fabric District CIC and, thereafter, monitor effectiveness and review as appropriate
  • Representing the Fabric District CIC in an ambassadorial role at appropriate events
  • Ensuring effective communication between Fabric District CIC Board Members
  • Ensuring you are fully informed about all issues on which the board will have to make a decision, seeking clarification or additional information where required from the Chair and/or other Board Members
  • Participating in the review of the Board’s performance both individually and collectively through an effective appraisal system, responding to training and development opportunities in order to maintain and improve the effectiveness of the Board
  • To act at all times in accordance with The Fabric District’s Equality and Diversity policy
  • To act at all times in accordance with The Fabric District’s Board Member Code of Conduct that sets out responsibilities with regard issues, such as, to conflict of interest, attendance at meetings etc
  • To ensure an appropriate time commitment to deliver all key responsibilities

Key responsibilities – physical and green regeneration lead

To develop appropriate action plans and oversee the delivery of those actions to deliver the following objectives of the Pillar:

  • Encouraging the sympathetic development of under-utilised land and premises to accommodate a range of mixed-use businesses, a high quality mixed residential offering and active street frontages within the area
  • Seeking to preserve ‘heritage’ buildings, working with owners and stakeholders to secure sustainable futures for the physical assets upon which the area first developed, evolved and thrived
  • Championing the improvement of the public realm including highways, street lighting, green infrastructure and public art

The person

 1. The right fit

It is important that the Fabric District has a balanced board that ensure the affairs of the CIC are managed with an appropriate degree of skill, independence, diligence, effectiveness, prudence and foresight. It is therefore important that collectively the Board comprises a range of skills that include, but are not limited to the following:

  • A proven track record or reputation for working within the private, public or voluntary sector demonstrating a flair for decision making including experience of matters directly related to the delivery of the Fabric District Strategy
  • Knowledge / evidence of working within an environment requiring an understanding and appreciation of organisational complexities including partnership working, social, economic and cultural regeneration and financial/risk management
  • An ability to communicate effectively within a collaborative framework, actively participating in discussions, constructively challenging points of view and demonstrating persuasive arguments; understanding the perspective of key stakeholders
  • An ability to evaluate and analyse problems effectively in line with the needs and aspirations of the CIC
  • A willingness to share knowledge in areas of expertise as may be required from time to time, having regard to the need to record any potential/actual conflicts of interest
  • Motivation, drive, enthusiasm, integrity, persuasiveness and confidence
  • A willingness to actively participate in activities where a Member’s particular expertise can be utilised more effectively

2. Knowledge and experience requirements

  •  Knowledge and Understanding of the planning system
  • Knowledge and understanding of approaches to regeneration
  • Knowledge and understanding of approaches to environmental sustainability in City Centre settings

3. Other requirements

  •  The ability to attend in person, daytime, Board meetings in Liverpool City Centre
  • The ability to contribute an average of 1 day per month to support the delivery of the Fabric District strategic objectives

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