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Boss of major housing group quits.

THE boss of one of the region's largest housing associations has quit to pursue other interests.

Howard Farrand has been chief executive of West Mercia, the parent group of Birmingham housing association Harden Housing, for two years.

Mr Farrand, former chief executive of Coventrybased Whitefriars Housing Group and 2009/10 president of the Chartered Institute of Housing, took the top position at West Mercia in 2008 when Whitefriars joined West Mercia. Pat Brandum has taken over as group chief executive.

Roger Griffiths, group chairman of West Mercia, said: "Howard has been tireless in his commitment to Whitefriars and latterly to West Mercia and it has been a pleasure to work with him."

West Mercia Housing Group owns and manages some 23,500 homes across Coventry, Birmingham, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Sep 2, 2010
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