New year, new challenge?

An invitation from Sam to make a real difference in your community and gain valuable skills.

Sam Haslam 

Hi, my name is Sam.

I am a Shadow Non-Executive Director on your board, and I wanted to share with you my experience of our award-nominated board trainee programme for tenants.

First, a little about me. I’m 35 with two children aged 11 and 9. My career is in social housing. I am now a Shadow Non-Executive Director board member for Progress Housing Group and a Trustee for Key Unlocking Futures, our local charity. When I started the programme, I was a housing association tenant and I have recently bought a shared ownership property.

“I joined the board trainee programme because I saw how I could make a difference to my fellow tenants and to Progress Housing Group through my experience of living in social housing. “

I saw the programme as a great opportunity to influence how decisions are made within the Group and how much training, support, first-hand experience, and opportunities would be available to help me build my confidence.

Since joining the programme, I have built friendships and a wide professional  network. I’ve been able to grow and develop at my own pace with the full support of the team at Progress.

“I’ve found the experience challenging and stretching in the best possible way.”

I am still on my journey developing into a fully-fledged Non-Executive Director board member but at a pace that is right for me.

So how about your new year, new start? All that is required from you is a commitment to the programme, a passion for making a difference and you! Your uniqueness, your experience (life and work) and your perspective. One piece of advice from me is, ask the daft questions; they’re the best ones!

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions by emailing

Take care and good luck!


Our programme

If you are enthusiastic and committed to helping us shape our future as your landlord, we want to hear from you.

As a trainee board member, you will have the opportunity to influence decisions that will help make our homes and communities better places to live.

What will you gain?

  • Improved leadership skills and confidence
  • Insight into how businesses operate from a strategic level
  • Benefit from an award-nominated training and coaching programme
  • Access to mentoring from professional senior leaders
  • Opportunity to contribute your ideas and recommendations at board level
  • A payment of £1,500 a year plus reasonable costs

What does the programme involve?

  • Two year training and coaching programme
  • Four training sessions per year
  • The opportunity to sit in and watch about ten board and committee meetings a year
  • Four formal mentoring sessions
  • Internal buddy, coaching and support sessions

Who can apply for the programme?

We welcome applications from anyone over 18 who lives in a Progress Housing Group property or has lived in social housing. No previous experience is required.


The first step is to get in touch with our Governance Team: or call 03333 204555 and ask to speak to Sian Christie-Hughes, Governance Officer.

Download a recruitment pack
Download an application form


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