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Thursday, January 26, 2017

New Director of Housing and Inclusion gets to work

The new head of housing at West Lancashire Borough Council is relishing her new role and aiming to make services even better for tenants.

Jacqui Sinnott-Lacey is the authority’s new Director of Housing and Inclusion and brings a strong track record of leading and managing housing services to the role, including delivering housing-led regeneration.

Jacqui has over 25 years' experience in the housing field and her most recent role was as Executive Director with Peaks & Plains Housing Trust, a high performing Housing Association operating services across Cheshire and the Northwest.

Jacqui led the team to many awards and a top 20 ranking in The Times 100 best companies. Other achievements included delivering affordable new homes programmes across Cheshire and High Peak & major investment programmes.

Prior to this Jacqui worked for a number of Cheshire, Merseyside and Manchester organisations including a number of Councils.

Improving homes and enhancing and revitalising areas are key to the Council Plan, and Jacqui is very excited about her new role.

Jacqui said: “I have always been extremely passionate about the need to provide good quality housing and excellent services for customers. This is a great time to join West Lancashire Borough Council, as there is so much ambition to deliver fantastic and innovative plans right across the borough.

"Tenants are already reaping the benefits of the Council’s record investment in its housing stock, and the Firbeck Revival Project is a great example of how estates can be made even better places to live. I am sure the Beechtrees Revival Project, which includes a number of new homes, will also be a great success.

“The Council is also looking into the possibility of forming a new development company which could help in the delivery of housing and commercial schemes to benefit the social and economic wellbeing of the borough.

“I am also looking forward to working with Councillors, staff, and in partnership with customers and local organisations to make sure we make the best use of our resources, and ensure the Council’s housing service continues to provide value for money.

“I will be listening to tenants’ views on how we can improve housing services and I particularly want to hear from younger tenants, to get them involved in housing.”

Away from her work role Jacqui is married with four children and is also involved in charities supporting young people's issues.

Councillor Jenny Patterson, portfolio holder for Housing and Landlord Services, said: “Jacqui is an excellent recruit for the Council as she brings a lot of skills and experience to the role of Director. I am looking forward to working with her at this exciting time for the authority.”

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