Meet the board

Councillor Hobson

Councillor

Councillor Hobson is the Board Chairman and ward Councillor for the Bloomfield area, this covers much of Central Drive, Lytham Road and the surrounding areas. He is also the chair of the Blackpool Council Adult Social Care and Health Scrutiny Committee that looks at the performance of health care providers and commissioners in the borough and sits on the Council’s Audit, Licensing and Public Protection Committees. Councillor Hobson has been a Civil Servant working for a Central Government Executive Agency for the last fourteen years and manages a small specialist team. Prior to this he worked as a Surveyor and sales person for an environmental services company. He studied at Lancaster University and has a degree in Biochemistry and a diploma in Land Registration from the University of Law. Councillor Hobson has a vision for Blackpool as a modern, forward looking town with a bustling tourism industry, where both visitors and locals feel valued and safe. He is therefore delighted to join the board of Blackpool Housing Company to help shape part of this ambitious plan which is to ensure good quality housing is available for local residents. With the investment Blackpool Housing Company are making into poor quality existing homes and redundant buildings he has a vision that My Blackpool Home will become the number one landlord of choice with their high quality offer.

Derek Robertson

Councillor

Councillor Robertson joins the board with 22 years armed forces experience, 14 years working in transport and has been a local hotelier for 12 years. He has been a Blackpool Councillor for 2 years and prior to this he worked with Councillor Tony Lee on improving his local area. Councillor Robertson has a clear vision for Blackpool’s future; as a vibrant centre for tourism with the added benefit of commercial investment that can sustain jobs with career prospects. He believes that Blackpool Housing Company can contribute towards achieving this by providing a good range of quality accommodation which is supported with a high level of management. This in turn will provide families with a safe and integrated community for a better quality of life for the residents of Blackpool.

Peter Hunter

Councillor

Councillor Hunter has gained extensive experience working for Local and National Government agencies as well as being a former Director of Blackpool Operating Company. Councillor Hunter has served as a local Councillor since 2013 and he is keen to make a difference to the lives of the people in Blackpool. His vision is clear: for Blackpool to become established as the number one seaside holiday town in the country and to provide good quality affordable housing, improving the standards and increasing choice within the private rented sector. This in turn will smarten up the areas of Blackpool that have suffered in recent years.

Vikki Singleton

Councillor

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Councillor Singleton joins the board with extensive experience from the private sector in energy management and sales, as well as working in public service both as a teacher and as a local councillor. Councillor Singleton believes Blackpool needs to build a more stable and prosperous future not only by renewing and boosting the tourist economy but also by attracting new industries to the area, providing residents with better paid and more secure jobs. Blackpool Housing Company can contribute towards achieving this by providing much-needed, high-quality, affordable housing, and acting as a catalyst to improve the rest of the local housing market. This will help improve living standards and strengthen community bonds.

Shaun Finegan

Regional Housing Director

Shaun has 20 years’ experience working for Housing Associations across the North of England and is currently employed by Accent Group Ltd, a National Housing Association, as Regional Housing Director for the North West. Areas of expertise include housing management, strategic planning, governance and housing policy. Excited to be part of the Blackpool Housing Company and looking forward to seeing the difference we can make to Blackpool in the coming years.

Stephen Lingard

Planning Specialist

Ste is an experienced economic development and research professional who specialises in business planning, performance management and impact evaluation. He is a skilled researcher and writer, having led the business planning and research teams at Liverpool Vision and Regenerate Pennine Lancashire and served as a ministerial speechwriter. He has also worked on the development and delivery of major regeneration programmes, and is an accomplished speaker and presenter. He has
a strong personal interest in cultural and heritage matters, and is a performer and writer.

Jon Lord OBE

Housing Sector CEO

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After starting work as a funeral director in 1981, Jon moved across to work in Bolton Housing Department in 1987. Having carried out a number of roles within Bolton since then, he became CEO of Bolton at Home in 2009. Jon is Chair of the Greater Manchester Housing Partnership and sits on a number of regional and national bodies focused on housing and issues for northern areas. He has experience, interest and knowledge around private sector housing and regeneration, which he brings to his Board role in Blackpool. Jon was awarded an OBE in 2008 for services to housing.

Ron Bell

Board Member

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Ron was born and raised in the hotel industry in Blackpool and except for nine years which he served in the Royal Marines he has always lived in the town. After leaving the Marines he spent many years in senior positions with blue chip companies within the banking and finance sector, primarily in Sales and Marketing but also in Training and Operations. After leaving the Finance sector he successfully ran his own management consultancy and investment portfolio. Ron is passionate about Blackpool and is currently the President of the BF&W Credit Union and a member of the board of Bay Housing Association. He has also served on the board of BF&W College, the Blackpool BID, the IMB at Kirkham Prison and was the first Chairman of Blackpool Coastal Housing. He is also a Magistrate and the Chairman of the Royal Marines Association, a national charity with 12000 members. Ron believes that Blackpool Housing can play a massively important role in Blackpool’s regeneration through the provision of high quality affordable homes. If successful, this will not only raise standards, by setting the benchmark for the rental sector, but will also serve to nurture aspiration and community cohesion and particularly so in the more depressed areas of the town.

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