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Jane Trethewey will play a vital part in the authority’s housing strategy, housing revenue account, Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing (STaR), and the council’s ability to deliver leisure, culture and tourism in her new position, starting on August 10. Jane, who has lived in Shropshire since 2014, is currently assistant director for housing development at Birmingham City Council and will take up the same role for homes and communities within Shropshire Council’s Place directorate. Working in Birmingham, she fronted the service which delivers a council house-building programme of 3,000 homes for sale and rent, as well as the city’s private rented housing company InReach. Jane will now focus her efforts on Shropshire Council’s new housing company, Cornovii Developments.

Home Group, which owns around 55,000 homes in England and Scotland, has recruited Linda Cullen to its governing team. Ms Cullen has been a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist for more than 25 years, including in clinical lead and director roles at the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. She helped develop acute and high-dependency child and adolescent mental health service admission wards across the West Midlands, including one of the first in the UK.

Matthew Walker, new chair at PlaceShapers.

A taskforce has been set up to implement the government’s social care action plan and support care homes to help end transmission of coronavirus in the community. Former president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and director of adult social care at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) David Pearson has been appointed to chair the Social Care Sector Covid-19 Support Taskforce, which will also support the sector through the next year.

National charity Revitalise has announced the appointment of James Kempton as its new Chief Financial Officer.

Birchgrove has appointed Neil Donaldson as its finance director. Donaldson, who was most recently group finance director at Retirement Villages, will take up his role on Monday 15 June. During this time at Retirement Villages, Donaldson secured over £100m of external funds that supported the group’s expansion. Previously, he worked for ILG, a care provider of residential services for people with learning disabilities, followed by Gold Care Homes before joining Retirement Villages in July 2014. Birchgrove, which develops assisted living properties, opened its first site in Sidcup, Kent, in May 2019. A second development in Woking, Surrey, will open in autumn this year, while a third project in Ewell Village, Surrey, will complete next year.

North East-based housing association Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT) and it’s sister social change charity, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), have appointed a new group chief executive. Paul Kissack will take over as group chief executive in September.

A new home manager has been appointed at a Burnham-on-Sea nursing home. Staff at Priory Court Care Home in Burnham welcomed Vimal Samuel to the home this month.