NEWS HR

Adrian Norridge, formerly chief executive of St Pancras Housing Association, passed away last Wednesday aged 73 following a battle with cancer.

Homecare companies are breaking the law on a grand scale by denying minimum wage to home care workers, UNISON said today. While care companies claim to pay minimum wage, many carers are only paid for time spent face-to-face with patients and not for time spent in transit. Judith Montgomery, a former Sevacare employee who took a case against her employers, was recently awarded £3,250 in withheld travel time payments. ‘My service users became like a family to me and I didn’t want to let them down,’ she commented today. ‘I worked on a zero-hours contract and would be paid only for time spent in my clients’ homes, never for the time spent travelling between them. So I could be paid for 30 hours a week but actually worked many more.’ While Montgomery and other’s have successfully challenged their employers in court, the firms tend to make individual payouts without correcting payments across their work forces.

Leading think tank the Institute of Welsh Affairs has appointed Auriol Miller as its new director.

Clugston Group is searching for a new chief executive as Stephen Martin prepares to become director-general of the Institute of Directors.

Freebridge Community Housing has appointed David Marshall as director of finance and resources.

The chief executive of Housing Solutions John Petitt is set to retire after 21 years with the affordable homes provider.

A social housing provider has paid tribute to a popular long-standing board member who has died after a long illness. Helena Partnerships expressed its sadness at the death of Marlene Newman, a former chair of the provider’s tenant and communities committee (TCC). Marlene, who was due to step down at Helena’s AGM this year, played a major role in setting up the TCC and helped ensure housing tenants were able to express their views and have a say in how the business was run.

A Hull care home has introduced a new manager. Longhill House, based in Coldstream Close, welcomed Stephen Fenwick to his role as manager of the residential care home this week.