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A taskforce has been set up to implement the government’s social care action plan and support care homes to help end transmission of coronavirus in the community. Former president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and director of adult social care at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) David Pearson has been appointed to chair the Social Care Sector Covid-19 Support Taskforce, which will also support the sector through the next year.

National charity Revitalise has announced the appointment of James Kempton as its new Chief Financial Officer.

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.