The chief executive of Bromford housing association, Philippa Jones, is set to leave, the association has confirmed. The Midlands-based association yesterday completed the first of two planned mergers, with the smaller South West-based Merlin. Robert Nettleton, who was chief executive of Merlin, will take over at the merged organisation, which will manage 40,000 homes.

Kerry Dearden has been appointed as The Orders of St John Care Trust’s (OSJCT) first deputy chief executive.

A paramedic has been booted out of the profession for conning a female boxer into exposing her breasts during a pre-fight check. Paul Hardy, a former Northern Ireland Ambulance Service paramedic, asked the victim to remove her bra under the guise of carrying out “baseline observations” on April 16, 2016. A Health and Care Professionals Council tribunal hearing was told that despite the “obvious” discomfort of the woman – a health professional herself – Hardy had her expose her breasts for 30 to 45 seconds while carrying out a rib flex test. The “nervous” female boxer did not object to the bizarre examination and behaviour because she was keen to take part in the charity event and was under the impression the assessment was a requirement to do so. In attempting to justify his actions, Hardy told the tribunal he was assessing the woman for “chest asymmetry” and was being thorough in his examination because he wanted to improve safety in the “dangerous and unregulated” sport of charity boxing.

Healthcare intelligence provider Wilmington Healthcare, which incorporates HSJ, Binley’s, OnMedica and Wellards, has appointed Sue Plant as Commercial Director for MedTech.

Hardies Property & Construction Consultants has appointed its first head of service in its 105 year history with the appointment of Michael Creech as head of housing.

The sales team at a Cotswolds firm is growing with the appointment of two new faces. Stow Brio Retirement Living has appointed Forrest Robertson, 72, a former architect with 40 years’ experience and Sue Reeves, 62, an experienced sales executive, who has worked in property in Hampshire and Dorset before relocating to Gloucestershire

A nurse manager at a Leslie care home had to be taken to casualty after tripping on a pothole and fracturing a bone next to her elbow. Marilyn McDiarmid suffered a fracture to the radial head in her right arm while walking to West Park Care Home, where she works, at the end of Walkerton Drive. Last week, the owner of the care home, Irene Bright, had urged Fife Council to fix the road, which is ridden with potholes.

Alan Townshend will this year become chief executive of Southern Housing Group.