Ideal Carehomes, which operates Ashworth Grange in Dewsbury, as appointed Paul Farmer as managing director.

Kingdom Housing Association, which aims to develop and build around 2,900 homes over the next five years, as appointed Scott Kirkpatrick as director of development.

Cultural and social regeneration experts have been appointed to leading roles on the Board of SURF – Scotland’s Regeneration Forum. The new chair is Kate Wimpress, director of North Edinburgh Arts, a charitable community organisation based in one of Scotland’s most deprived areas, Muirhouse in Edinburgh.

Mears has appointed Jason Burt and Roy Irwin as independent Non-Executive Director.

The outgoing chief executive of a housing association has made a parting shot at councils, saying housebuilding in Kent has been held back by “Mickey Mouse planning policies”. Peter Stringer is to retire from Golding Homes on June 23 after 37 years in social housing, during which time he has guided the investment of £150 million into regenerating homes and estates.

Sue Killen, chief executive of the first-aid charity St John Ambulance, has announced that she is to stand down in September after 10 years in the role.

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has announced the appointment of a new chief executive. Sally Thomas is currently head of community investment at North Star Housing Group in the North East of England.

David Avery has been appointed chair of Affinity Sutton and Circle to oversee the consolidation of the housing associations into Clarion.