Appointment of the Housing Ombudsman Contents

Annex F: Information on the candidate and the recruitment campaign put forward by the Secretary of State

Pre-Appointment Scrutiny Hearing

Date: 1 July 2019

Role: The Housing Ombudsman

Information about the preferred candidate

Following a recruitment campaign, the Secretary of State has selected Richard Blakeway as his preferred candidate for the role of the Housing Ombudsman.

The following information on the candidate is attached:

Declarations:

Richard Blakeway did not consider himself to have a real or perceived conflict of interest in relation to the Housing Ombudsman role upon application.

He is currently Chair, BexleyCo Ltd; Director, Tudor Blakeway Consultants Ltd and Board Member, Homes England.

Annex D

Proposed terms / remuneration:

Annex E

Proforma:

Campaign Launch Date

04/01/2019

Campaign Closing Date

07/02/2019

Reason for any changes in timetable to that originally published

Original closing date 04/02/2019 – kept open to encourage further applications.

Advertising strategy

The Secretary of State agreed that an executive search agency should support the appointment.

Moloney Search were appointed to ensure we developed and attracted a diverse and strong candidate field.

The role was advertised on the Cabinet Office Public Appointments website. Listed below are the additional channels via which we shared the advert:

Women on Boards

Government Equalities Office

KPMG Connect on Board

In Touch Networks

NEDonBoard

Public Chair Forum

Environment Agency Women’s Network

National Housing Federation

Chartered Institute of Housing

Lime Legal – Housing Law Week

Campbell Tickell Newsletter

Diversity in Public Appointments

Ombudsman Association

Fortnightly Cabinet Office Public Appointments Newsletter

LinkedIn

Stonewall

MummyJobs

Advisory assessment panel

Panel Chair: Jane Everton, then Director of Social Housing, MHCLG

Senior Independent Panel Member: Amderdeep Somal

Other: Andy Hobart, Commercial Director, MHCLG

Number of applicants

19

Number of candidates invited to interview

5

Number of candidates found appointable

3

Diversity Data:

Gender

% Male

% Female

% identify another way

% not declared

Applicants

42%

58%

0

0

Shortlist13

(applicants invited to interview)

<5

<5

0

0

Ethnicity

% White

% Ethnic minority

% Not declared

Applicants

90%

10%

0

Shortlist (applicants invited to interview)

100%

0

0

Disability

% Disabled

% Non-disabled

% Not declared

Applicants

<5

<5

<5

Shortlist (applicants invited to interview)

0

100%

0


13 Statistical disclosure control – where there are fewer than 5 candidates in any category, diversity data must not be shared as this potentially identifiable.




Published: 4 July 2019