He has extensive experience in the housing sector where he was deputy mayor for housing, land and property at the Greater London Authority for eight years and chair of the Homes for London board, as well as an adviser in the Number 10 policy unit.
Previously he was chair of a local authority development company and a non-executive director of Homes England for nearly three years.
Blakeway is joining the Housing Ombudsman Service at a time when redress in social housing is a key issue, and the service has developed a three-year strategy with the aim of ‘making a difference on individual complaints and across the sector’.
Blakeway (pictured) said: “This is an exciting time to be joining the Housing Ombudsman Service. I am keen to build on our work to strengthen our service and create a positive culture around redress.”
He is taking over from Andrea Keenoy, who had held the role of interim housing ombudsman since August 2018.