Executive Team

Our Executive team are responsible for the leadership of the organisation.  They are

Executive team

Bob Taylor

Bob Taylor, Group Chief Executive

Telephone: 0151 290 7066

Email: bob.taylor@firstark.com

Bob is both an experienced chief executive and executive director with substantial experience in delivering business change and improving services.

Delivering great homes, services and putting the customer at the heart of what we do are vital to successful communities in Bob’s opinion.

Can do approach and great attitudes are what we look for in our employees as is showing we care about what we do. All this will mean First Ark Group can play its vital role in creating success for people, places and communities.

Tony Cahill

Tony Cahill, Executive Director of Business and Service Development

Telephone: 0151 290 7112

Email: Tony.Cahill@firstark.com

Tony has over 30 years of experience in private sector business development and commercial services including senior roles at ADT Fire and Security PLC, director of electronic security and fire and national operations director at Romec Ltd, and more recently, business unit director at Morris & Spottiswood Ltd.

Tony is a member of the Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals – A Guild of the City of London and also has business management training including IOSH Directing Safely and Balfour Beatty Senior Managers Strategic development programme.


Ian Thomson

Ian Thomson, Executive Director - Customer Excellence

Telephone: 0151 290 7114

Email: ian.thomson@firstark.com

Ian has over 20 years’ expertise within local government and housing associations, including South Lanarkshire Council, St Helens Council, Helena Partnerships, and since 2005, at Knowsley Housing Trust and First Ark Group. He has operated at director level with KHT and as assistant director of regeneration, led the team that delivered Decent Homes standard 18 months ahead of original transfer promise and the successful National Affordable Housing (NAHP) new build programme.

In his current role as executive director of asset management, Ian's vision is for the Group's asset management activities to deliver quality repairs and maintenance services and provide new modern sustainable affordable homes for the customers and communities we serve.

He is lead director for green initiatives and the group green agenda, which is at the heart of our developing place strategy and key to reducing energy costs of Knowsley’s residents and the carbon footprint of the Group.

He strongly believes that we can all deliver great customer service through a positive attitude and culture based on the value of treating others as we would expect to be treated ourselves.