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Nicola Brooks, the Vice-chair of not-for-profit care village operator, Belong, has been appointed Chair of the organisation.

A Welsh housebuilder has made a number of new appointments as it looks to fuel growth plans. New hires include senior land manager Sam Oliver to head up the Land & Partnerships acquisition function to secure immediate land opportunities for mixed tenure and affordable family housing, PRS, extra care and retirement living developments across North West England and North Wales. Other appointments include contracts manager Bob Heaton; quantity surveyor Jack Donald; design co-ordinator Simon Maxwell and architectural technologist Kevin Shone

Retirement villages provider Audley Group has appointed Nick Edwards as its new chief operating officer. Edwards will take on the role in December and will be the first person to hold this newly created post, reporting to Audley Group chief executive, Nick Sanderson.

Ben Beadle is to be the chief executive of the new National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) formed from the merger of the National Landlords Association and the Residential Landlords Association. Mr Beadle is currently director of operations at Touchstone, part of the Places for People housing group. Previously he was managing director of TDS Northern Ireland and director of customer service with the TDS, the Tenancy Deposit Scheme. He will join NRLA in November.

The Care Software Providers Association (CASPA) has announced the appointment of Taffy Gatawa to the Board of Directors. Gatawa, chief information and compliance officer at everyLIFE Technologies, expands the Board to six directors and brings expertise in data protection, information governance and security within the social care and software sector. CASPA was launched in March to represent the views and interests of social care software providers whilst promoting advances in the flow of digital information across social care, to allow more openness and transparency. Founded by Person Centred Software, everyLIFE Technologies and Nourish Care, the association is independent and not-for-profit.

Manningham Housing Association (MHA) has announced the appointment of two senior managers and two apprentices. After five years at the National Lottery Community Fund and with previous experience in housing and business development, Nas Hussain takes up post as Community Partnerships and Investment Manager. Matthew Hayes joins as IT Manager and is tasked with co-ordinating the association’s revamped digital technology infrastructure. MHA has also recruited two new apprentices. Aanish Rehman will be part of the finance team, working four days per week at the association’s Bradford head office as well as spending a day at college completing an Association of Accounting Technicians professional qualification. Avtar Dhesi will work with the MHA health & safety and compliance unit for four days each week, and study for a Business Administration NVQ Level 2 through City Training Services on day five.

District Care NHS Foundation Trust has a new chairman. Cathy Elliott, previously non-executive director of Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust in Greater Manchester, begins in her new post today.

Maria Weatherston has been appointed regional support manager at care home developer and provider, New Care.