One of Birmingham’s largest social landlords with more than 33,000 properties is on the lookout for a new boss.
Ruth Cooke is stepping down as chief executive of Midlands Heart Housing Association which as well as building and rent out homes provides services to tackle homelessness on behalf of the city council. She is leaving after five years to join the Clarion Group as chief executive.
Ms Cooke previously worked for Knightstone Housing Association and the Anchor Trust.
Midland Heart Chairman, John Edwards CBE, said: “I want to congratulate Ruth on her new role and I wish her all the very best in her future career.”
He said the association is in a strong position having passed Government inspections and with a high credit rating.
“While Ruth is moving on, our successful Fit for the Future strategy will remain and we will continue to focus on providing great customer service, value for money and developing new affordable homes for the future.
“The board and I have started the process to find Ruth’s replacement and will make a further announcement once this has concluded.”
The news comes as the housing association revealed the first phase of its major £8.2 million Sheldon Hall Avenue scheme is well underway.
A former school site in Tile Cross is being converted by Midland Heart and partner Westleigh into 64 family homes which will be available for affordable rent or shared ownership.
Local councillor Marje Bridle said: "The waiting list for new homes is growing, especially the demand for affordable homes.
"“We have hundreds of families and first time buyers within the local area who are desperate to secure a home and get their first step on the housing ladder.
“The development on Sheldon Hall Avenue will help ease the area’s housing needs and we have been impressed with both the quality and speed at which the new homes are being built.”
The first homes will be available next summer.