Harworth Group (Harworth) has appointed Lynda Shillaw to succeed Owen Michaelson as Chief Executive Officer. Her appointment will take effect on 1 November 2020, allowing time for an orderly handover before Owen retires from the Company on 31 December 2020.

Retirement Villages Group has appointed James Ahearne to the role of development director. A chartered planning and development surveyor, he started his career working for supermarket Lidl, where he spent 10 years – latterly heading up its North London property office. He said: “I am delighted to be working with Retirement Villages.” As the Board searches for a permanent replacement following the death of founder and chairman Tony Pidgley, Berkeley Group has appointed Glyn Barker as its non-executive chairman for up to two years. He takes the role immediately, stepping down as chairman of the Remuneration Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee. Helen Bunch has been named as executive managing director of Wates Residential. She joined Wates in 2006 as group strategy before becoming managing director of the fit-out and refurbishment division, Wates Smartspace. She replaces Paul Nicholls, who joined Wates Residential from United House four years ago.

Skills for Care has announced that its director of Operations, Andy Tilden, will leave the organisation next year.

The top civil servant with responsibility for care homes in England has stepped aside. Rosamond Roughton, the director general for adult social care at the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), “is now on a career break”, according to Whitehall sources, and a search has been launched across government to cover her role. No explanation for her move has been given.

A Ryedale care home has welcomed a new general manager. Jane Perry will oversee the running of Rivermead care home, in Norton, which has more than 40 staff members and 70 rooms.

Mark Patchitt has been promoted to the role of acting executive director of regeneration at Accord.

Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC), a fund manager and social enterprise, has expanded its management team with the appointment of Nick Moran as its Chief Operating Officer.

The head of Bradford’s biggest social housing provider is to retire after a glittering career of 17 years. Geraldine Howley, Incommunities Group Chief Executive, has announced she plans to step down from her role at the end of 2020.