Director of Property and Compliance

Home based
up to c.£90,000.

We are YHA. We believe in the power of travel and adventure to connect people to each other, to nature and the outdoors, to culture and to heritage. Since 1930, YHA has operated a unique network of hostels throughout England and Wales — a community of shared spaces, open to all and for the benefit of everybody. We provide inclusive adventures, in extraordinary buildings, in amazing places — welcoming over a million people each year. Yet we offer much more than accommodation. YHA is a sector-leading residential provider, a champion of inclusive volunteering and work experience, and an Investors in People Gold employer.


Over three years, we are reviewing the operating model of up to a third of our hostels where we are looking for partners to take over running and managing hostels as part of our franchise model. Those that don’t become franchises will be sold and the money raised invested into the upkeep of our core strategic hostels which we expect to run at higher occupancy and efficiency.

This is therefore a crucial and exciting time to join YHA as Director of Property and Compliance. You will lead the delivery of this network transition programme as well as developing longer term plans to take forward YHA’s Capital and Network Strategy and lead the. strategic development, maintenance, capital programmes and management of our Property Estate. We’re looking for a leader with strong commercial acumen who has their finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the market and is confident engaging with key stakeholders including local authorities, landlords and our partners up to senior levels. You will have a track record in leading and inspiring multi-functional teams to ensure our customers have access to a high quality, safe, compliant, and reliable hostel network.

You will be a Chartered Surveyor or someone with equivalent experience in the strategic planning of a dispersed, customer focussed property estate gained in a complex, national organisation. Naturally pragmatic and innovative, you will be comfortable moving easily between the strategic and operational elements of the role and will have a collegiate and emotionally intelligent approach that allows you to work well across the organisation and with partners. In this role you will get to work alongside the Executive Team and Board as well as deputising for the Executive Director and CEO on property related issues. 

If you’re energized by the prospect of applying your property and compliance expertise to make a lasting impact on young lives, we’d love to hear from you!


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.

How to apply

To make an application, please click on the apply now button below, with the following prepared:

  • Your CV (no more than three sides).
  • A supporting statement (no more than two sides) that sets out why you think this role is the right move for you and how you meet the knowledge and experience criteria.

We actively encourage applications from candidates from underrepresented communities. YHA is committed to providing equal opportunities and creating an inclusive environment for everyone.

Closing date
Friday 16th August 2024

Preliminary interviews online
w/c Monday 2nd September 2024

Final Panel interviews in person
w/c Monday 30th September 2024