Role: Chief Executive
Joined: September 2013
Experience: Fanchea is Chief Executive of Blackwood. Her previous career spanned senior roles in Glasgow Housing Association, City of Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Housing Regulator. Under her leadership Blackwood has become known for its innovation to create new services and products with customers, while delivering high quality day-to-day services.
Role: Development & Commercial Director
Joined: August 2015
Experience: Simon has over 15 years experience in housing and asset management across public, private and 3rd sectors. He has significant experience in the delivery of projects ranging from new build developments to innovative systems integration.
Role: Customer Services Director
Joined: August 2016
Experience: Doug has over 20 years’ experience working in the care sector with a diverse knowledge of managing adult and children’s services which have included the provision and development of Learning & Physical disability services, Older People services, Care Homes, Housing Support, Care at Home and Community Justice services. Doug is also a qualified housing professional responsible for Blackwood’s Housing portfolio across Scotland.
Role: Corporate Services Director
Joined: January 2022
Experience: Having worked for major public sector and government bodies including Glasgow City Council, the SSSC and, most recently, Wheatley Group, Liz brings a breadth of experience in performance, business intelligence, strategy, policy and improvement to Blackwood. She is passionate about the potential of digital technology and data, and how they can be used to transform the services our customers receive. She also sits on the Board of Trustees of Scotland’s Housing Network.
Role: Finance Director
Joined: June 2017
Experience: Debbie is a Chartered Management Accountant with over 20 years’ finance experience working across many industries, most recently as Finance and Commercial Director for SB Cares an adult social care provider in the Scottish Borders and as a non-executive Director for Trust Housing. Debbie brings a breadth of experience in particular financial management, a strong commitment to innovation and the ability to build strong relationships.
Role: Head of Innovation
Joined: June 2012
Experience: Colin has a wealth of experience in design and technology having held several senior positions across commercial and third sector organisations. His role is about helping people to live as independently as possible, to codesign personalised homes and services that enable people to live their life to the full.
Colin has driven Blackwood’s investment in technology to aid independent living, from shared low cost WIFI connectivity to CleverCogs™ our award winning digital care and support system. He believes passionately in good design that involves and enables people. In codesigning the Blackwood house, a beautiful, accessible, affordable and connected home he championed the use of bespoken, a digital platform to crowd source the best ideas and gain feedback from across the globe. Colin has established partnerships with key manufacturers and academics leading to new projects in AI, Data, Value exchange, healthy Ageing and robotics.