New chief appointed at town hall

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BLACKPOOL Council today confirmed the appointment of its new Chief Executive.

Neil Jack, who is currently director of finance and resources at Blackpool Coastal Housing, will succeed Steve Weaver in a few months’ time.

The job comes with a salary ranging from £120,000 and £157,000 – in line with nationally approved chief officer pay scales.

Mr Jack, 39, was offered the role following an external recruitment process involving a cross-party team of councillors chaired by Council Leader Simon Blackburn.

Councillor Blackburn said: “I am delighted we have offered the role to Neil.

“The appointment of a finance director to the role, shows the importance placed on managing the council through a very tough financial climate.

“The fact that his background is in housing also reflects our priority of improving housing across the borough.”

The Council leader said the biggest challenge facing the council over the next few years was delivering quality services against a backdrop of declining budgets – while maintaining a focus on improving local lives.

Mr Jack, who was born and educated in Blackpool, has been Director of Finance and Resources at Blackpool Coastal Housing (BCH) since 2006.

During this time BCH’s success in a Government inspection generated nearly £50m to improve the quality of social housing in Blackpool.

BCH has also seen increasing levels of customer satisfaction, whilst being one of the lowest cost social housing providers in the North West of England.

On his appointment, Mr Jack said: “This is a wonderful opportunity and I’m looking forward to working for the people of Blackpool and helping to improve the quality of life for us all.”

Prior to joining Blackpool Coastal Housing, Mr Jack had previously worked for Blackpool Council in the Finance Department covering a wide variety of services.

Mr Jack’s appointment was approved at last night’s full council meeting.

Mr Weaver, 61, announced his plans to retire from Blackpool Council and to explore other ventures earlier this year after almost 10 years as Chief Executive.

Mr Weaver said: “Blackpool will always have a special place in my heart, I am proud of the achievements in terms of regenerating the resort and helping to improve the local economy, and providing jobs for local people.”