Blackburn joins Homes for Students from MYSHON supported living specialists and will have overall responsibility for co-ordinating compliance across the group. She previously worked for Derwent Students where she achieved all three main ISO accreditations.
Blackburn will help the company to meet its business objectives for 2019/20 with the aim of achieving accreditation of ISO 9001 (Quality Management System) and ISO 45001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System) for all student accommodation schemes managed under the Homes for Students and Prestige Student Living brands.
Her role will involve embedding a compliance culture and framework throughout the business as it expands, along with managing associated risks and reporting such to the board each month.
Commenting on her appointment, Blackburn said: “The compliance field is changing with many local authorities in the UK introducing new licensing and HMO regulations. I am looking forward to leading the compliance team at Homes for Students in order to comply with this new legislation and enhancing the systems already in place to manage the 20,000-bed portfolio contracted for 2019.”