NEWS HR

Birchgrove has appointed Neil Donaldson as its finance director. Donaldson, who was most recently group finance director at Retirement Villages, will take up his role on Monday 15 June. During this time at Retirement Villages, Donaldson secured over £100m of external funds that supported the group’s expansion. Previously, he worked for ILG, a care provider of residential services for people with learning disabilities, followed by Gold Care Homes before joining Retirement Villages in July 2014. Birchgrove, which develops assisted living properties, opened its first site in Sidcup, Kent, in May 2019. A second development in Woking, Surrey, will open in autumn this year, while a third project in Ewell Village, Surrey, will complete next year.

North East-based housing association Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT) and it’s sister social change charity, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), have appointed a new group chief executive. Paul Kissack will take over as group chief executive in September.

A new home manager has been appointed at a Burnham-on-Sea nursing home. Staff at Priory Court Care Home in Burnham welcomed Vimal Samuel to the home this month.

Small London-based landlord Soho Housing has appointed Anne McLoughlin as its new chief executive.

Steve Douglas has been appointed the new chief executive of St Mungo’s.

Thenue Housing has paid tribute to its longest-serving board member Charlotte Levy who has announced that she will be retiring from the Association. Charlotte Levy is standing down after a lifetime of service to her community and 24 years of unbroken dedication to Thenue and its tenants.

Sally Veitch has been named as the incoming chair of Settle, which operates across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. She will take up her new role in September and will succeed Martin Nurse, who has spent six years at the association. Ms Veitch joins the sector after having spent 25 years working in retail and finance, including in the role of finance director – finance and customer services at the Home Retail Group, which owns Argos.

Theresa May’s right-hand man has been made an advisor at Arcadis. Gavin Barwell was the former prime minister’s chief of staff for two years before she stepped down last year and was replaced by Boris Johnson, who replaced Barwell with Dominic Cummings. Barwell was an MP for seven years before he lost his marginal Croydon Central seat in the 2017 general election. He was made a life peer last autumn. His previous roles in government included government whip, minister of state for housing and planning and separately as minister for London. Arcadis said Barwell’srole will be to provide strategic advice on a series of priorities around construction, housing, placemaking and urban regeneration. In this role, Barwell will help develop Arcadis’ residential work as well as its precision manufacture and modular construction expertise. Barwell’s other advisory roles include work for housebuilder Barratt and housing association Clarion.