Heléna Herklots CBE has been named as the new Older People’s Commissioner for Wales.

Heather Palin will replace Paul Cronin as chief executive of Severn Hospice.

The chief officer of Health in Jersey, who was brought in eight years ago to manage the biggest spending cuts to the department in generations, will leave her job next month. Julie Garbutt told Health workers yesterday that after ‘much consideration’ she would not be applying for the role of director general for Health and Community Services.

An MP who chairs a housing association has been handed a junior role in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). Eddie Hughes, who was first elected Conservative MP for Walsall North in June last year, has joined the department as a parliamentary private secretary (PPS). Mr Hughes is also the only MP to chair a housing association. He heads up the board at 20,000-home landlord WHG.

Deb Sparks has been appointed to the newly created position of deputy manager, having led the Mulberry Wing for people living with dementia since 2004. Deb holds the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health & Social Care, the highest level of qualification in the sector.

Colum Conway has been named as the chief executive of the new regulator for social workers in England.

The man who had been leading a housing provider in Ludlow and south Shropshire is stepping down. He has been chief executive officer of Connexus Housing that was formed in July 2017 following a merger of the Shropshire Housing Group and Herefordshire Housing Group. Peter Brown began his career in 1974 as an architectural assistant then as a night shelter worker in Aberdeen, before getting his first job in a housing association.

Care home designer DWA Architects has appointed Alex Tam as an architectural technician at its York head office.