The former chair of national housing association Riverside has died at the age of 85. Professor John Tarn, who was on the association’s board for nearly two decades, passed away after a long-term illness, the association said.

Keighley social housing group Incommunities has appointed a new group chief executive. Rachael Dennis will take-up the role in February. She succeeds Geraldine Howley, who is retiring after leading Incommunities since its formation in 2003.

Grŵp Cynefin has appointed Carys Edwards, a former head of adult services for Isle of Anglesey Council, as its new chair.

London-based property developer Dominvs Group has appointed Ian Fergusson as its new Planning Director. Joining from Barton Willmore, Fergusson joins the company with immediate effect.

Staff at Barchester Healthcare’s Orchard House care home in Newport have welcomed a new General Manager to head up the team. Kim Fleming will oversee the running of the 60 bed home and will be responsible for the team of nurses, healthcare assistants and support staff. Kim has been Deputy Manager at Orchard House since 2018.

Ara Venn, the investment manager selected to run the Affordable Homes Guarantee Scheme (AHGS), has appointed former housing minister Mark Prisk and experienced social housing finance professional Sarah Wall as non-executive directors.

Incommunities has appointed Rachael Dennis as its new group chief executive in February 2021.

Lochaber Housing Association’s recent annual general meeting saw the retirement of Hughie Donaldson as its chairperson after 5 years’ service. The Association’s board has elected Andrew Carr as its new chair. Relinquishing the chair, Mr Donaldson said his five-year term had been challenging but rewarding as the Association addressed the chronic shortage of affordable housing in Lochaber.