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A former chief executive of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) has been appointed chair of the region’s housing association trade body. John McPeake will step up to head the board at the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA). He replaces incumbent chair Alan Shannon with immediate effect. Dr McPeake is an urban planner by background and joined the NIHE in 1982, remaining with the housing authority until his retirement in 2014.

The long-standing chief executive of a Greater Manchester trust has announced his intention to retire 12 years in the post. Andrew Foster, chief executive of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust, has said he intends to step down in October.

Sunderland-based housing association Gentoo Group has appointed two new members to its board. Alison Fellows and Emily Cox were invited to join the Board at its meeting in February and will take up their new posts immediately.

Scott Beat, a regulation manager at Barchester Healthcare, has joined the Board of the care provider’s charitable foundation.

NHS Improvement and the Department of Health and Social Care have appointed a national medical examiner to oversee the introduction of the new death review service.

A pensioner has been charged with stalking a retirement housing association employee over the course of a three year period. Robert Entwistle is alleged to have engaged in a course of conduct likely to cause the woman fear and alarm by sending her numerous unwanted communications via letters and online at Greenlaw and in Duns between January 1, 2016, and January 1, 2019. The 69-year-old of Priorwood Court, Melrose, pleaded not guilty at Jedburgh Sheriff Court to the stalking charge. A trial has been fixed for May 16 with an intermediate hearing on April 29.

Former Barclays Bank chairman Sir Gerry Grimstone has been appointed chairman of Investcorp and Aberdeen Standard’s gulf infrastructure investment joint venture. Grimstone, who stepped down from his role at Barclays investment arm on Friday, is rejoining Standard Life Aberdeen after resigning as chairman in January this year. The joint venture will invest in social and core infrastructure projects in Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) countries to diversify their economies away from oil.

Barrie Blower, founder of Caldmore Area Housing Association and chair of Accord, has died.