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An historic Birmingham housing trust, which provides services to over 25,000 people, has appointed two new directors to its management team.

Helen Harvey, who has 21 years’ experience in housing, and David Robinson, formerly of leading charity Sense Group, have joined Bournville Village Trust.

David has replaced former Finance Director Paul Haywood, who has retired after 29 years, while Helen has stepped into the new role of Director of People and Performance.

Most recently Chief Executive of St Peter’s Housing Association, Helen has worked for various housing organisations including Castle Vale Community Housing Association (now Pioneer Group), Trident, and Friendship Care and Housing.

David, a chartered accountant with 25 years’ experience in the third sector, has worked in housing and education, including at Friendship Care and Housing and Birmingham Advisory and Support Service.

Both Helen and David will work alongside the Trust’s executive team to deliver its business plan, which includes the completion of a £60m care village in Bournville which will be home to around 400 people once complete.

Peter Roach, Chief Executive of Bournville Village Trust, said: “Helen and David have a solid background in the third sector and come to us with vast experience in their areas of work.

“Both will play a key role in delivering our five year business plan and ensuring we continue to be a well-managed and financially robust organisation that provides high-quality services.”

Helen, said: “I’m delighted to be taking up this new opportunity and am looking forward to supporting Bournville Village Trust to continue to achieve its vision”.

David, said: “I am so pleased to be joining Bournville Village Trust, an organisation whose values are as relevant today as they were when George Cadbury founded Bournville.  I know I am joining a great team and look forward to helping advance the wonderful work the Trust does.”

Bournville Village Trust is a charity and housing association which was founded by chocolate maker and philanthropist George Cadbury in 1900.

Its vision is to create and sustain flourishing communities and it does this by providing high-quality housing and estate management services across Birmingham and Shropshire.

Bournville village, managed by the Trust, is credited with laying the foundations for the development of garden cities and introducing the benefits of open space into modern town planning.

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