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A Nigerian woman used false identification documents to get work with vulnerable adults and children in care homes and a school in Gloucestershire, a judge heard on Tuesday. Fatou Johnson, 37, of Nutfield Gardens, Ilford, Essex, pleaded guilty at Gloucester Crown Court to two charges of possession of false documents – a French passport and a National Insurance card – and fraudulently using them to obtain a Disclosure and Barring service (DBS) certificate to get work. Nigerian-born Johnson was arrested at a school in Tewkesbury when her offences were detected, the court heard. Judge Michael Cullum told her it was ‘exceptionally serious’ to use counterfeit documents to deceive the DBS ‘whose job is to safeguard the vulnerable.’ But after being told that despite working illegally Johnson had an ‘exemplary work record’ with ‘exceptionally positive references’ from those that had employed her he allowed her to walk free from court. Johnson was sentenced to six months jail suspended for a year and ordered to attend ten rehabilitation activity sessions.

Not for profit organisation Hica Group, which has over 1600 staff, has appointed Sarah Jane Moody as learning and development manager.

Tributes have been paid to a former Housing Executive Derry District Manager who went on to become Chief Executive after he passed away recently. Paddy McIntyre was involved in developing and allocating social housing in the Carnhill and Galliagh areas during the early days of the Housing Executive back in the 1970s.

Legal & General has appointed former Keepmoat director Ben Denton as MD of its affordable homes division.

Cambridgeshire-based housing association, Hundred Houses Society, has appointed Matt Thomas as its new chief executive.

Anna Simpson, finance director at Grand Union Housing Group, is to join Midland Heart.

Greenfields Community Housing has appointed Emma Palmer as its chief executive, replacing Phil Adams, who retired from the role in March.

Bathgate-based Weslo Housing Management is ringing the changes with the appointment of Diana MacLean as its new operations director. MacLean joins from Radian Housing Association – a 21,000 house provider based in the south-east of England. She replaces Mike Crozier who has been Weslo’s operations director for the past 24 years after forming the company with three colleagues to take over Scottish Homes’ houses in West Lothian in the first staff led transfer of its kind. MacLean has also worked at New Forest District Council, Home Group and Scottish Borders Housing Association.