Business Development Associate/Network Lead

Good Homes Alliance/Building Performance Network

Are you looking for a part-time role or secondment opportunity to work on net zero new
homes or building performance evaluation?

We are seeking a GHA Business Development Associate and BPN Network Lead to support and grow our existing networks, and help develop new workstreams.
Applicants are welcome to apply for just one role, or both the GHA and BPN roles as a joint

About the role 

The Good Homes Alliance has recently expanded to cover two new pieces of work:

  1. Development of the Welsh Zero Carbon Hwb (3-year contract).
  2. Hosting of the Building Performance Network.

Due to this continued growth, we are seeking an entrepreneurial Business Development
to support the GHA Programmes Director, as part of the GHA’s small but
impactful team. They will also have a hands-on role with a particular focus on the development
of new, and growth of existing, workstreams.

The role could also include working with Building Performance Network to manage and support
their BPE workstream and Pioneer Network as BPN Network Lead. Experience of
building performance evaluation would be desirable for this role.

Applicants would be welcome to cover both GHA and BPN activities, or we would consider
applications for either part of this role separately. Please indicate which parts of the role
you would seek to cover, when you apply.

Specific tasks are likely to evolve, but include:

  1. Recruitment of new members. This is a priority.
  2. Liaison with existing members and potential members.
  3. Support of: (via membership recruitment, strategic planning)
    – All GHA networks, Vanguards/Pathfinders/BPN/SME Developers.
    – Development of BPE workstream, including providing BPN representation on the Future Homes
    Hub BPE workstream.
    – Potential development of a retrofit workstream.
  4. Identifying growth opportunities via research, collaboration, projects, commercial
  5. Managing and supporting the BPN Pioneer network, the Advisory Panel and its membership.
  6. Bid writing (as part of a team).
  7. Advocacy via forums and speaking opportunities.
  8. Assisting team with development and supervision of research projects.
  9. Assisting team with development and supervision of education events.
  10. Inputting into GHA Marketing & Development activities, including, press/pr and other
    marketing activities.


  • Relationship management including membership and stakeholder engagement 
  • Proven success of business development within the building innovation sector
  • An understanding of building performance
  • Communication expertise and public speaking
  • Facilitation of meetings and workshops
  • Research & project management
  • Advocacy and representation
  • Funding and campaigns

Contract arrangements:

The contract could be on a self-employed basis or via a PAYE contract. It is envisaged that the
role will start as part time for 4 days per week and will be home based (one day is assumed to
be approximately 8 hours). Travel expenses will be paid.

The appointment will initially be for 12 months with review points at month 3 and 10 or
earlier, where the contract could be extended.

Salary is proposed as £45,000-£50,000 1.0 FTE (Pro rata for 2-4 days) dependent upon

We are open to part-time, flexible working or job share arrangements. The role may also be well
suited to a secondment opportunity.

We would welcome any applicants to apply who would just like to take on either the GHA or BPN
role part time (2 days pw each).

For an informal chat please arrange via email: 


Please send a covering letter and CV via email stating your reasons for applying and why this
role is of interest to you:

Julian Brooks, Programme Director – [email protected].

Application deadline – Friday 29th September 2023. Interviews will be held during early October 2023 with a
proposed start date ASAP in Autumn 2023.

Background to the Good Homes Alliance (GHA) and
Building Performance Network (BPN):

The Good Homes Alliance (GHA) has been set up to transform the way we undertake new house
building, and how we improve, monitor and measure high performance net zero homes in the UK.
The GHA works to make a step change in practice by proving that it is possible to change
mainstream practice by building large numbers of exemplary homes in exceptional communities in
a commercial way; we provide forums and support for those who are determined to build to net
zero standards now. The GHA actively promotes this way of doing things through research,
events, campaigns, PR, seminars, education programmes etc, and will seek to influence
government, landowners and other influential people and bodies to normalise this change through
best practice, legislation, guidelines and financial incentives.

The GHA delivers its aims through the following activities:

  1. New homes – delivering, through members, high performance, net zero homes on the ground.
  2. Performance measuring/monitoring – ensuring that buildings perform on energy, health and
    carbon as intended via performance evaluation, measurement and monitoring.
  3. Education – research and learning events to improve knowledge among members and the wider
    community e.g. designing healthy, adaptive homes with excellent indoor air quality.
  4. Campaigning – for rules, regulations, policy and specifications that will encourage the
    delivery of good homes.
  5. Marketing/PR – promotion of the benefits of and need for exemplary homes in the UK.

Our key themes that describe GHAs mission include:

  1. Net zero & Future Homes
  2. Healthy Homes for occupants
  3. Alternative housing models
  4. Quality and performance measurement
  5. Planning, biodiversity and place-making

The GHA actively runs various programmes as follows:

  1. Vanguard Network – for Local Authorities on the journey to net zero
  2. Pathfinder Network – for Housing Associations on the journey to net zero
  3. Developer Network – for SME developers on the journey to net zero

The Building Performance Network (BPN) is also hosted by GHA and strongly complements the GHA
them on Quality and performance measurement. It works to bring together individuals and
organisations with an interest in improving building performance in operation. It is founded on
the principles of integrity and robustness to ensure that it remains credible and

The BPN has the following key objectives:

  • Bring people together with an interest in building performance
  • Understand how building performance data is collected and analysed to ensure members have
    reliable data on which to base their decisions
  • Move forward the practice of building performance evaluation to make it accurate and usable
    for the sector
  • Share and make members aware of a wide range of studies undertaken in the UK and create a
    data-sharing platform to move the building performance agenda forward
  • Use data to influence change in policy, procurement and practice

BPNs ambition is to focus on how to “do” performance measurement and how to share and access
data that would in turn support and help others.

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