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Appointments: MacGilp brings experience.

Jason MacGilp is to join WEST MERCIA HOUSING GROUP as director of Birmingham-based Harden Housing Association.

He is leaving his post as assistant director for community regeneration and housing at Walsall Council to take up the position.

Originally from Dundee, he has lived and worked in the Midlands for the last 17 years.

He was previously corporate director of housing and property services at Tamworth Council. He also brings experience from positions with Birmingham City Council and other Midland housing associations, as well as national policy work at the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Harden Housing Association, based in Pickford Street, Digbeth, manages more than 1,500 homes across the West Midlands, including developments in Birmingham, Dudley, Walsall, Lichfield, Sandwell and Solihull.

Former personal health and fitness trainer Neil Malone is joining a Coventry-based legal practice.

Mr Malone previously worked for the Living Well Health Club in Birmingham city centre while he was training to become a lawyer.

He has joined BAND HATTON as a newly qualified professional. A Midlands recruitment company has strengthened a key department.

Katie Webb, who is based at the head office of FLEX RECRUITMENT in Hinckley, has been appointed permanent account executive in its Reflex department.

Reflex is focused on finding permanent office and industrial staff for firms throughout the East and West Midlands. Barbara Ainger has been appointed chairman of STAFFORD RAILWAY BUILDING SOCIETY.

She has been on the SRBS board for three years and vice chairman for the last 12 months.

The Birmingham corporate banking centre of CO-OPERATIVE BANK has appointed former Bank of Scotland executive Steven Taylor as business development manager.

He will join the team's senior manager, Chris Sallnow, and the two other managers, John Crittenden and Mike Gammon, at the centre on Colmore Row.

He spent five years at the Bank of Scotland, specialising in the development of new commercial lending, mortgage and property development business.

In his new role, reporting to Dave Matkin, UK head of business development, Mr Taylor will be responsible for winning corporate relationships with new customers in the Midlands region.

Building specialist LINFORD GROUP has appointed Chris Leech as chief buyer.

Mr Leech joins the Linford team from Amec Group in Stratford where he was project procurement manager for seven years. Prior to joining Amec he spent nine years with John Laing as a senior purchasing officer.

Based at Linford's head office in Lichfield, he will be responsible for all procurement at the new-build and restoration contractor, including all existing sites and future contracts. He will also head-up the procurement team.

Midlands-based GREGGS has appointed Karen Walker as its new divisional personnel manager.

Ms Walker, who joined the sandwich, savoury and bakery retailer two years ago, will now head a 15-strong team of managers. She will be responsible for training, HR and health and safety.

She previously spent eight years at Adams Childrenswear as HR retail manager.

SHEPHERD DEVELOPMENTS has recruited Gregg Titley as a development surveyor.

Mr Titley, who joins Richard Whitehouse, senior development manager, is involved with bringing forward new opportunities and the management of such projects as the pounds 16 million Saltisford Office Park, Warwick, office schemes in Edgbaston and a production/distribution complex in Coventry.

Gregg Titley (left) with Richard Whitehouse, of Shepherd Developments' Midlands region

Katie Webb, a new addition to the Reflex team at Flex Recruitment
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