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One of the UK’s largest housing associations has hired, Liam Coleman, the former boss of Co-operative Bank, as its new chair, alongside new committee appointments. Mr Coleman, who has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, will take over from the current chair Aubrey Adams, who will retire in the autumn after nine years in the role. The incoming chair is currently a non-executive director and chair of the Audit Committee at the Financial Conduct Authority, the chair of Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and a non-executive director and chair of the Customer Services Committee at Vivid Housing. L&Q has also appointed Anne Turner as an independent member of its Audit and Risk Committee.

Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing (MTVH) has appointed its new chief executive from a major city council.

Two Rivers Housing has announced Ted Pearce will become its new Chair in October. Ted was appointed as Chair designate in April, following a rigorous recruitment process and he will replace Yvonne Leishman who is stepping down at the end of her term

Rangeford Villages has appointed Olga Fernandez as its new village services manager and Philippa Hicks as health and wellbeing manager for its later living lifestyle community Homewood Grove, Chertsey, Surrey.

Staff at Barchester Healthcare’s Claremont Parkway care home, in Holdenby, Kettering have welcomed a new General Manager to head up the team. Jacob Bindura will oversee the running of the purpose built 61 bed home and will be responsible for a team of carers, nursing and hospitality staff. Prior to starting in this position Jacob was an emergency nurse for several years before working in an Urgent Care Centre as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Deputy Quality Lead.

A new luxury retirement village in Yorkshire has appointed a former sous chef at Buckingham Palace to its team. Kevin Connor joins Audley Scarcroft Park, near Leeds, as head chef at its Thackeray’s restaurant. After being headhunted to work for late Queen Elizabeth II for several years, which saw him hosting state banquets, birthdays and Christmas at Sandringham House, Mr Connor relocated to just outside of Leeds. Before joining Thackeray’s, he worked at several well known hotels in the local area.

Retirement Villages Group (RVG) has made three senior appointments to help the business deliver 5000 new homes over the next 10 years. Duncan Matthews joins Retirement Villages Group as development director and will oversee all aspects of development for RVG’s Thrive Living collection. This collection is a flagship property proposition focused on putting senior living homes back into the heart of communities, whilst meeting the highest standards in sustainability, design, and build. Matthews will lead on all development aspects from buying new sites, scheme design, planning consents and construction management. He joins with the aim of making the Thrive Living collection a market leader for Integrated Retirement Communities, adding to Retirement Villages Group’s existing 16-village portfolio. Matthews has over 20 years’ experience working in residential development, including 14 years at the Berkeley Group. Matthews said: “Retirement Villages Group is pioneering retirement living with their primary focus of putting older people at the heart of communities. Simon Dickinson, as sales and marketing director, will head up RVG’s sales and marketing teams, supporting the next phase of RVG’s growth strategy. Joanna Atkins joins as head of care, wellbeing and community, and will play a critical part in developing and carrying out RVG’s wellbeing assessments with residents across all 16 villages.

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, has announced the appointment of Eve-Angelica Apperley to its healthcare brokerage team.