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Social and affordable housing provider Albyn Group has appointed Highland businesswoman Lisa Buchanan as its chief executive. She replaces Calum Macaulay, who announced his decision to leave in March after more than 20 years as CEO of the Invergordon-based group. Buchanan moves from Buchanan Shaw Consulting where she was a partner specialising in advising third sector organisations and SMEs on organisational development.

Wilf Ward Family Trust, which covers Scarborough and Ryedale, has announced the appointment of its new chair of trustees. Professor Dianne Willcocks, who was appointed a trustee at the trust in December 2018, has received the key role. She takes over from Tony Denness who is to step down from his role as chair but who will continue to be a trustee until October this year.

Hospital boss Stephen Eames is to take on his fourth NHS role – this time in Humberside. However he will continue to head two Cumbrian health trusts and the North Cumbria Health and Care System.

Nicole Sharp will step up from her current role as customer services director to become executive director of property services. She will take over from Steve Barford from the beginning of July. Mr Barford is leaving the organisation. Sovereign is one of the country’s largest housing associations, managing nearly 59,000 homes.

Sheffield City Council has announced the appointment of its new Executive Director of People Services. The post became vacant with the retirement last month of Jayne Ludlam. The new post holder will be John Macilwraith, who will join Sheffield City Council from Cumbria County Council. In his current role of Executive Director People, John is responsible for Children’s and Adults Services and is Deputy Chief Executive. He is responsible for a significant budget and a substantial number of staff which includes a large in house residential care provider.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have chosen the boss of a major hospital trust to be their national chief operating officer, effectively the deputy chief executive of the NHS.

Eaton Court Care Home has employed a new Home Manager, Ann Ruttle.

Video has surfaced of a 92-year-old mother confessing to shooting her 72-year-old son dead after he threatened to put her in a nursing home. Anna Mae Blessing was arrested last year for shooting her son Thomas dead. Blessing, who dies in November in hospice care while awaiting trial, says in a video interview with police that she had two guns stashed inside her dressing gown. She told police that as Thomas came towards her she fired multiple rounds at her only son. “I can’t remember the calibre, it was a good size one,” she said. “I backed up and I pulled the trigger, and it broke the mirror and I don’t know what I did. Then Tom was going to come at me again so I pulled the trigger … I’m sure the second round hit him.”

Video has surfaced of a 92-year-old mother confessing to shooting her 72-year-old son dead after he threatened to put her in a nursing home. Anna Mae Blessing was arrested last year for shooting her son Thomas dead. Blessing, who dies in November in hospice care while awaiting trial, says in a video interview with police that she had two guns stashed inside her dressing gown. She told police that as Thomas came towards her she fired multiple rounds at her only son. “I can’t remember the calibre, it was a good size one,” she said. “I backed up and I pulled the trigger, and it broke the mirror and I don’t know what I did. Then Tom was going to come at me again so I pulled the trigger … I’m sure the second round hit him.”