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Bilney Hall residential care home in East Bilney, between Dereham and Fakenham, has appointed qualified nurse Nikki Shaw as its new home manager.

Dr Phillips is the new Chair to the Legal Services Board.

A care worker died of hypothermia after becoming trapped naked in the airing cupboard of her holiday home, an inquest heard. Elizabeth Isherwood desperately tried to claw her way out by digging into the walls with copper piping after the door handle of the cupboard broke at the villa she was renting near Machynlleth, western Wales, a hearing in Caernarfon was told. It is believed the 60-year-old was on her way back from the bathroom in the middle of the night when she entered the dark cupboard and the door shut behind her, leaving her trapped. It was unclear why she entered the cupboard. Coroner Dewi Pritchard Jones said the round part of the door knob had come off the internal mechanism and she was unable to turn the door spindle. “Being unable to turn the lock and realising she was trapped and there was no light, at some stage she first of all pulled the shelves off. Whether she used them to try and get out, I can’t say,” he told the inquest. “What she did do was she pulled the copper piping and a piece was broken off. This was used to try initially to open the door because there were marks on the door, but also used to try and break a hole through the wall of the airing cupboard. “I believe she knocked some of the plaster off one wall to find blocks behind.” The inquest heard that in Ms Isherwood’s attempts to save herself she burst a pipe, causing water to pour onto her and accelerating her hypothermia.​ The coroner said water would have been flowing throughout the airing cupboard, spraying everything inside. The former policewoman, from Wolverhampton, had rented the villa alone on 23 September 2017. She was found dead a week later by caretakers investigating a leak at the property. “My belief is what happened, being locked in the airing cupboard, happened during the night of the 23rd to 24th and more than likely during the early hours of the 24th,” Mr Pritchard Jones said. “I don’t know how long she was in the cupboard. She was a fit lady.”

Legal & General Capital has announced that it has made some key hires for its housebuilding arm, Legal & General Homes. Chris Sly has been appointed as the new Finance Director joining from FTSE100 property developer, Berkeley Homes where he held the position of, Head of Finance for the Western division.

The chairman of Newcastle-founded housebuilder Barratts has been appointed president of the business group CBI.

Clair Huckerby is thought to be the first consultant pharmacist for primary care and community medicines optimisation working in the UK.

Heléna Herklots CBE has been named as the new Older People’s Commissioner for Wales.

Heather Palin will replace Paul Cronin as chief executive of Severn Hospice.