A charity that provides community-based services across the North of England has announced the appointment of two new executives. St Anne’s Community Services, based in Leeds, has appointed Azra Kirkby as CEO and Mario Caswell as director of Business Development. Kirkby has extensive experience of leadership roles in social care, including more than 16 years with Leonard Cheshire, Real Life Options and NACRO.

Platform Housing Group, which owns around 47,000 homes, has appointed Rosemary Farrar as its chief finance officer and Gerraint Oakley as its executive director of growth and development.

Berwickshire Housing Association (BHA) has appointed Hart Builders to carry out the first phase of a new build housing development in Beanburn, Ayton.

A charity run by Home Instead Senior Care, which works to enhance the lives of older people, has made three new appointments. The Bring Joy Foundation has announced Penny Hamer as its new executive director, bringing with her more than 20 years of experience in the charity sector, having previously being the head of Corporate Fundraising for Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and Deputy CEO of Lancashire Mind. Meanwhile, Ruth Brown, business development director at Home Instead, and Diana Stephenson, managing director of Calvin Marketing, have both been elected to the Board as trustees.

Julie Mason, payroll manager at PM+M – the Blackburn-based chartered accountancy, business advisory and wealth management group – has been named as a founding member of the newly-formed Payroll Bureau Association. The organisation, which is made up of some of the country’s leading payroll bureau professionals, has been launched to provide a support network for members, including lobbying HMRC on legislative and technical issues, and promoting professional qualifications to enhance standards. It held its inaugural meeting this month.

Jane Trethewey will play a vital part in the authority’s housing strategy, housing revenue account, Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing (STaR), and the council’s ability to deliver leisure, culture and tourism in her new position, starting on August 10. Jane, who has lived in Shropshire since 2014, is currently assistant director for housing development at Birmingham City Council and will take up the same role for homes and communities within Shropshire Council’s Place directorate. Working in Birmingham, she fronted the service which delivers a council house-building programme of 3,000 homes for sale and rent, as well as the city’s private rented housing company InReach. Jane will now focus her efforts on Shropshire Council’s new housing company, Cornovii Developments.

Home Group, which owns around 55,000 homes in England and Scotland, has recruited Linda Cullen to its governing team. Ms Cullen has been a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist for more than 25 years, including in clinical lead and director roles at the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. She helped develop acute and high-dependency child and adolescent mental health service admission wards across the West Midlands, including one of the first in the UK.

Matthew Walker, new chair at PlaceShapers.