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Executive Team

Our Executive team operates across the whole of the First Ark group and is responsible for the leadership of the organisation, working closely with our Boards.  They make sure that the high level decision making and planning reflects the needs of our customers, stakeholders and funders both now and in the future.

There are five members of our Executive team:

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Bob Taylor - Group Chief Executive

Bob Taylor, Group Chief Executive

Telephone: 0151 290 7066

Bob is a visionary business leader who is passionate about creating the conditions for change which will inspire individuals and give communities the power to generate long term social and economic solutions.

Bob pioneered the creation of the First Ark Group, where he is CEO, and is intensely proud of its innovative approach and proven results for delivering excellent services and positively impacting on people’s lives.

Under Bob’s leadership, First Ark’s bold new business structure, ground-breaking in the housing sector, enables it to maximise the value of its housing and property assets as well as generate truly creative business and community solutions.

The Group uniquely blends business success with delivering proven and lasting social and economic impact.  The commitment to creating social value is in the DNA of First Ark, which is no coincidence given Bob’s heartfelt aspiration to really make a difference and create the conditions for greater life opportunities for everyone who wants to take them.

Jason Ridley - Executive Director of Business Services

Jason Ridley, Executive Director of Business Services

Telephone: 0151 290 7008

Email: jason.ridley@firstark.com

Jason joined First Ark Group in October 2011 from a career spanning pharmaceuticals, food service and, most recently, e-commerce.  Jason has Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Economics, is a Chartered Accountant and qualified Company Secretary.

Jason has worked in in a variety of Finance roles since 1985 and is internationally experienced, having worked in Australia, Asia Pacific, US, UK and continental Europe. Most recently he has been the UK General Manager of the leading e-commerce provider within the hospitality/food service sector.

Jason has 10 years’ voluntary experience in Social Housing ,having firstly been a member of the Board of Cheshire & District Housing Trust and latterly on the Board of Contour and now Symphony Housing Group.

He is responsible for a diverse range of activities within First Ark Group that include Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology and Information & Communications, including Governance.  Jason is also Company Secretary of First Ark, Knowsley Housing Trust and KHT Services.

Ian Thomson - Executive Director Asset Management (Interim)

Ian Thomson, Executive Director Asset Management

Telephone: 0151 290 7114

Email: ian.thomson@firstark.com

Ian has over 20 years expertise within local government and housing associations, including South Lanarkshire Council, St Helens Council, Helena Partnerships and since 2005 here at KHT and First Ark Group.  He has operated at Director level with KHT as Operational Director Regeneration and Homes since February 2010 and as Assistant Director of Regeneration led the team that delivered Decent Homes standard 18 months ahead of original transfer promise and the successfull National Affordable Housing(NAHP) new build programme.

In his current role as Executive Director of Asset Management he is responsible for all Asset Management functions including Client Repairs, Planned and Cyclical Maintenance, Development, Health & Safety, Facilities Management and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Ian's vision is for the Group's Asset Management activities to deliver right first time repairs and maintenance services and provide new modern sustainable affordable homes for the customers and communities we serve. He is lead Director for Green Initiatives and the Group Green agenda which is at the heart of our developing Place Strategy and is key to reducing energy costs of Knowsley resident's and the carbon footprint of the Group.

He strongly believes that we can all deliver Great customer service through a positive attitude and culture based on the value of treating others as we would expect to be treated ourselves.

Tony Cahill Executive Director of Commercial Services

Telephone: 0151 290 7112

Email: tony.cahill@firstark.com

Tony has over 30 years of experience in private sector business development and commercial services including senior roles at ADT Fire and Security PLC, Director of Electronic Security & Fire and National Operations Director at Romec Ltd, more recently, Business Unit Director at Morris & Spottiswood Ltd.

Tony is a member of the Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals – A Guild of the City of London and also has business management training including IOSH Directing Safely and Balfour Beatty Senior Managers Strategic development programme 

Collette King - Operational Director of Organisational Development

Collette King - Executive Director, Business Transformation.

0151 290 7009

Email: collette.king@firstark.com

Collette is a people focussed leader who believes that business success revolves around recognising and motivating employees and delivering real and sustainable value for customers.

Coming from a fast-paced commercial background, Collette has spear-headed business transformation in the First Ark Group, remodelling processes to put customers at the heart of the business and empowering employees to make a real difference to the customer experience.

Collette is committed to a value driven business approach which achieves efficiency, better service for customers and seeks out ways of squeezing more social value from the Group’s spend and delivery approach.

Business transformation is central to First Ark’s ambitions for growth and Collette is completely committed to realising those ambitions through the power of putting people first.

The Executive Directors have Operational Directors working with them to take forward their strategy and link to operational delivery so we can provide great services.  You can find out more about our Operational Directors team here - Operational directors team

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