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.

Thenue Housing has unveiled who is to be its next head of property services. Eleanor Derbyshire has been appointed succeeding Beth Reilly who retires at the end of August after 28 years.

Susan Hickey, chief financial officer at Peabody, will leave the organisation in early 2020, the housing association has announced.

Conservative MP Jo Churchill has been named the new minister for primary care as part of Boris Johnson’s recent cabinet reshuffle. As parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department of Health and Social Care, Ms Churchill’s remit will also cover prevention and public health. Additionally, Nadine Dorries has been confirmed as health minister responsible for mental health, suicide prevention and patient safety.

Matt Herring, who joined Kingsley in 2010 as a chartered accountant, becomes Head of Corporate Finance and also takes on the role of Chief Financial Officer for Kingsley Home Care Services.

The chair of Homes England has stepped down from the organisation to take up the role of chief strategic advisor to prime minister Boris Johnson.

Andy Brown departed from the 95,000-home landlord L&Q last week, leaving the post vacant. The reasons for Mr Brown’s departure have not been stated.