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The Deputy Head of the University of Birmingham’s College of Medical and Dental Sciences has been appointed to the board of the City’s most historic housing trust.

Professor Philip Lumley will become a trustee at Bournville Village Trust (BVT), a housing association and charity, dating back to 1900, which manages 8,000 homes.

Prof. Lumley will work with 11 other trustees to ensure that BVT is well managed and governed and its founder George Cadbury’s values are sustained in the creation and management of communities.

His extensive experience and knowledge of the health sector will also be vital as the Trust continues to develop its flagship £60 million care village, College Green.

The village, being built on the site of the former Bournville College with partners the ExtraCare Charitable Trust and Gracewell Healthcare, will integrate over 300 new homes with a range of health and social care services, including GP surgeries and a pharmacy.

Prof. Lumley is an honorary consultant with the Birmingham Community Health Trust and was formerly Head of the University’s School of Dentistry.

Professor Philip Lumley, said: “I am delighted to be joining BVT as a trustee having been a Bournville resident for over 30 years.

“I hope my experience of over 35 years in the NHS and 12 years as the Head of the University of Birmingham’s School of Dentistry will help me contribute as a trustee over the years ahead.”

Peter Roach, Chief Executive of Bournville Village Trust, said: “We are pleased to welcome Philip to our board of trustees. His knowledge of the health sector will be greatly beneficial to our current work, as will his experience in a senior position within the University.

“As a Bournville resident, Philip will also have a good understanding of the local issues affecting the village and its residents. Philip will replace Professor Martin Snaith who has given his time generously to BVT, showing a huge amount of support to the organisation over the last 20 years.”

BVT’s historic Deed of Foundation, developed by its founder, states that the board must have representation from the University of Birmingham.  It also provides for Cadbury family members on the board and today there are seven, including George’s great-grandson Roger Cadbury.

BVT aims to create and sustain flourishing communities by providing high quality housing and estate management services across Birmingham and Telford.

For more information about BVT, please visit bvt.org.uk

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