Cllr Hannah Roberts
Cabinet Member for Housing
Hannah has a long career of working in and supporting public services. She qualified as a librarian while working for Camden Council in 1984. Hannah moved to Islington Council and managed Neighbourhood Services including front line housing and social services, residential care for older people and day and respite services for adults with a learning disability. She subsequently worked for Watford Council as Head of Community Services and was the Head of Social Exclusion for Barnet Council.
Hannah became involved with the Connexions Services supporting young people and she moved to Oldham in 2000, with her husband and son, to set up and manage the Greater Manchester Connexions Service. After the service was wound up, Hannah returned to libraries working for Kirklees Council and also worked as a freelance consultant, mainly supporting the development of Early Years Services helping every child to get the best start in life.
Hannah was appointed a Non-Executive Director of NHS Oldham – the award winning Primary Care Trust – which was responsible for NHS services in Oldham until 2012. She focused on providing responsive services and taking steps to help reduce health inequalities across the borough.
Hannah was the Treasurer for her local school’s PTA, supported Delph Youth Band and the Oldham Youth Brass Band. She is also a strong advocate for the work of Oldham Music Centre, having also been a member of the Grants committee for 4 years.
Hannah has been a member of the Labour Party since 1979 and is proud to have been elected to represent Royton North since May 2014. Hannah has served as Vice Chair of the Royton District Executive, is a Trustee of the Royton Sick and Needy Fund and a Governor at Blackshaw Lane School. She is also a Trustee of Positive Steps Oldham. Hannah is a member of Oldham Council’s Fostering Panel and of the Corporate Parenting Committee which oversees the support the Council, and other partners, given to children and young people looked after by the Council.
Hannah was Deputy Cabinet member for Education and Skills, leading on Early Years from 2016-2018. She was appointed Cabinet Member for Housing in 2018.
Hannah led the development of a new Housing Strategy for Oldham which was adopted in 2019. She is responsible for strategic planning issues including Oldham’s contribution to the GMSF and the revision of Oldham’s Local Plan.
Priorities for 2020/21 include:
- Strengthening support for private tenants including securing rights under the Tenant Fees Act 2019 and addressing issues of over-crowding and poor quality
- Delivering a programme of specialist homes for social rent
- Finding ways of increasing the rate homes are built in Oldham to meet the needs of new families, increasing numbers of older residents and residents in housing need
- Delivering a pilot scheme to reduce empty homes