Chair / Non-Executive Director - Urban Intelligence
Urban Intelligence Ltd (UI) is looking for a highly skilled non-executive Chairperson to join an existing Board of three Directors (2 Exec / 1 NED) and two advisors/observers. This is a rare opportunity to join an exciting and unique award-winning business entering its prime within the Property Technology (PropTech) space. Working with the directors and advisors of the company, you will have an opportunity to provide valued guidance and shape the next exciting chapter of our story. We are quickly increasing traction, particularly in the public sector market. We have successfully won clients such as HM Government, Transport for London, Birmingham City Council and others.
Founded at UCL, UI is a technology business with a focus on urban planning and property development. We’ve developed a range of first-of-a-kind solutions, including a methodology for automatically identifying and assessing a site’s development potential and sustainability within planning parameters. The market for innovations in this area is developing rapidly due to several pressures; from climate change to the housing crisis which are driving planning reform. Our services transform our clients' ability to dramatically increase productivity in planning and development processes and provide data insight to aid decision-making in a range of segments. Existing investors in the business include leading PropTech VC Pi Labs, the Development Bank of Wales, Ordnance Survey and a group of high profile angels from the property sector.
After seven years of developing an extensive catalogue of proprietary IP, UI launched our latest product (PlaceMaker) in Summer 2021 with the London Borough of Hounslow. UI has since successfully rolled out the solution to other government clients. The business is now at break-even and has successfully been increasing profitability year on year. We are uniquely positioned within our niche, and proud to benefit from significant levels of client satisfaction.
We are seeking a Chairperson to lend experience to our management team and help to provide valuable independent judgement and advice to optimise our growth. The preferred candidate will have a background working within local government, economic development and/or regional planning. You will support the directors with promoting the business within the sector, driving awareness of the benefits and value of digital approaches to planning and development. In addition to this, you will support the monthly management of the Board and assist with fundraising, investor relations and promotion of the business.
We’re keen to attract candidates that can enable a young, driven team to fulfil their potential in a fascinating, fast-moving sector. The time commitment is up to 30 days per year (around 2-3 days a month), but we can offer flexibility for the right person. The role will largely be remote but you may be required to occasionally travel to Cardiff/London from time to time.
The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate:
- A track record of high-performance commercial management experience with strong relationship skills.
- Experience in fundraising and attracting external investment.
- A wealth of experience working with investors and providing stakeholders with crucial information to make business and investment decisions promptly.
- You will have impeccable communication and have demonstrable experience of working with a range of stakeholders, both internal and external to the business.
- Familiarity with best practices in Board Management and relevant legislation.
- A creative, supportive and encouraging approach to leadership and empowerment.
- An existing extensive relevant network.
Up to £1,000 per day + reasonable expenses
The ability to work with a friendly, honest, passionate and hard-working group of professionals at the top of their game that cares about delivering outstanding innovative solutions to improve society, the economy and the environment.
The deadline for applications is 5 pm on Friday 15th October 2021. Please apply via the website using the application link. For more information or any questions about the role, please contact Daniel Mohamed (Founder and Managing Director) at [email protected].