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Gary Ridewood has been named the new CEO of Somerset Care Group after serving as interim.

The results of the Scottish Federation of Housing Association’s board director elections were announced this week at the federation’s AGM in Edinburgh. Martin Wilkie-McFarlane at Wellhouse Housing Association and Dena Macleod at Hebridean Housing Partnership were named executives for the City of Glasgow and Rural and Islands respectively. Meanwhile, Julia Mulloy from Scottish Borders Housing Association, Lynn Wassell from Clyde Valley Housing Association and Alana Durnin from Oak Tree Housing Association were named executives for Other Urban Areas.

The head of a health board at the centre of failings in maternity care at two hospitals has resigned following calls for her to consider her future. Cwm Taf health board said Allison Williams stepped down as chief executive on Tuesday. In June it was revealed she was on sick leave. It follows a damning independent review that described maternity services at Royal Glamorgan and Prince Charles hospitals as “dysfunctional”.

Sir Andrew Dillon has announced his intention to stand down as NICE chief executive next year.

Robin Khokhar has been appointed head of nursing operations by Somerset Care.

Isla Gray has been appointed as the new director of housing and property services for Castlehill Housing Association.

David Smith, who spent almost 20 years working for two of the world’s biggest professional services companies, has taken on the role of Resources Director at North Yorkshire-based housing association Broadacres.

The Chief Executive of a charity leading on the provision of hospice care across Essex has been appointed. Steve Smith from Leigh on Sea is now CEO of Havens Hospices, which includes Fair Havens Hospice covering Southend, Castle Point and Rochford, but also Little Havens Hospice for children in Essex and The J’s, a community hospice service across the county. The 46-year-old has been working for the organisation since October 2015 as Director of Facilities, but also New Fair Havens Hospice Project Director as the driving force behind getting the new facility built in Prittlewell, which is due for completion next spring.