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New non-executives join Midland Heart's board

One of the Midlands’ leading housing associations has recruited two new non-executive directors to its board as it drives forward its new plan for the future, Making What Matters Brilliant.

Midland Heart has made the appointments to ensure it continues to meet the commercial and operational aspirations in its new corporate strategy, launched in April this year.

The new non-executive directors are Darren Humphreys and Llewellyn Graham, who both have more than three decades of experience in housing - including many years in senior strategic roles.

A former social worker, Llewellyn has spent over 30 years in the voluntary, social housing and not-for-profit sectors, with a particular focus on serving multi-cultural communities. He is currently CEO of Nehemiah United Churches Housing Association, a community-based provider supplying homes and culturally sensitive services to 4,000 people from African Caribbean, Asian, Irish and European communities.

Llewellyn is familiar to Midland Heart, having served previously as a non-executive director. He has also held similar positions with other housing associations and not-for-profit organisations including Sanctuary and Trident. 

Working with people is his passion and for the past 21 years he has been senior pastor and area bishop for the Church of God of Prophecy.

Darren Humphreys started out as a surveyor for Bryant Homes more than 30 years ago and has remained in the construction and housing industries. Recently appointed as CEO of Rectory Homes, he has previously held senior positions in leading retirement community developer McCarthy & Stone and CALA Homes (Midlands) Ltd where he was managing director with responsibility for running the company’s Midlands region and growing the land bank.

Darren has significant strategic and leadership experience, having contributed to boards from an executive perspective in large, complex organisations including during periods of corporate change.

Anna Simpson, Executive Director of Finance and Resources at Midland Heart, said:

“We are currently implementing a new corporate plan, Making What Matters Brilliant, that builds on our having achieved the ambitious goals of our previous strategy 12 months earlier than predicted.

“These new appointments bring fresh insight and experience and will ensure we have the right mix of skills on the board to continue to operate effectively and maintain our high levels of investment in the business whilst building much-needed new homes.

“We’re delighted to have attracted such high quality directors who not only have a passion and genuine interest in housing and in people, but a commitment to the region we serve.”

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