Posted by: westlancashirerecord | December 6, 2016

New Borough Director Of Housing And Inclusion

West Lancashire Borough Council has appointed Jacqueline Sinnott-Lacey as the new Director of Housing and Inclusion. She will take up her position on Monday 12 December 2016.

She has over 25 years’ experience in the housing field, most recently as a Director with the Peaks and Plains Housing Trust peakslogo. Prior to this she worked for a number of Cheshire, Merseyside and Manchester organisations, including a number of Councils. She is reported to have a strong track record of leading and managing housing services, and of delivering housing-led regeneration. She joins WLBC at an important time for the Council and Housing Service, and will be a valuable addition to the senior team.

Ms Sinnott-Lacey is reported to be, or have been, a director of 5 companies. The combined cash at bank value for all businesses equals £1.2m, a combined total current assets value of £1.6m with a total current liabilities of £428.1k and a total current net worth of £2.5m. [Source Companycheck 06/12/2016] NB Ms Sinnott-Lacey is declared in the Annual Return of Daytripper Apartments Limited Company Number 07537972 as a Director and Secretary. The company is entitled to exemption under section 477 of the Companies Act 2006 relating to small companies.

The West Lancashire Borough Council Constitution stresses to employees of all grades that they should not undertake outside work if their official duties overlap in some way with their proposed work, if it causes a conflict of interest, if by its nature it will come before the Council or an officer for approval, or if it makes use of material to which the employee has access by virtue of his or her position (e.g. a planner who draws up plans within his or her own authority for an applicant for planning consent). It is irrelevant whether or not the work is paid. An officer’s off duty hours are his personal concern but he should not subordinate his duty to his private interests or put himself in a position where his duty and his private interests conflict. The employing authority should not attempt to preclude officers from undertaking additional employment, but any such employment must not, in the view of the authority, conflict with or react detrimentally to the authority’s interests, or in any way weaken public confidence in the conduct of the authority’s business.

Officers above scale 6 shall devote their whole time service to the work of their council and shall not engage in any other business or take up any other additional appointment without the express consent of the council. No outside work of any sort should be undertaken in the office and use of facilities e.g. telephones, internet, email or access to typists is forbidden. Employees are also advised that correspondence and incoming telephone calls related to outside work are not allowed. Procedure for seeking permission The employee should complete the relevant form for the Chief Executive or relevant Director/Head of Service requesting permission and giving full details of the business to be engaged in, or the additional appointment. The Chief Executive or Director will consider the matter and may ask for further information. He/she will then grant or refuse permission, on the relevant form and pass a copy of the form to the Assistant Member Services Manager, who will record it in the Register of Outside Commitments.


  1. Are there rules on what outside interests officers can hold?

    • Presumably the Borough Constitution would reveal that. Also, information on directorships fluctuates between sources, as another states that she was a director of Peaks & Plains Devco Ltd but resigned in March 2016. No doubt more will be revealed soon.

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