Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Landlord announces new chief executive

A housing association has appointed a new chief executive who is set to become one of the youngest bosses in the sector.

Midland Heart has announced that Ruth Cooke will take over as chief executive when current head Tom Murtha stands down in the summer.

Ms Cooke, 36, joined the 32,000-home landlord three years ago as finance director and played a pivotal role in the association obtaining an AA2 rating.

Before joining Midland Heart, Ms Cooke was group director of resources at Arcadia Housing Group and also worked as chief financial officer at Anchor Trust.

Ms Cooke said: ‘I am delighted and honoured to be appointed as the next chief executive of Midland Heart. I have seen first hand what a great organisation Midland Heart is, and the special staff we have here.

‘Under Tom Murtha’s leadership the organisation has grown in strength and national recognition which has given us a great foundation for our future agenda across all aspects of our business.

‘I know there are challenging times ahead, but I feel confident that Midland Heart is well placed to face those challenges and will continue to support all our customers in the months and years ahead.’

Mr Murtha announced his retirement in August last year after leading Midland Heart since 1996.

Lord Bill Morris, Midland Heart chairman said: ‘I am looking forward to working with Ruth and to see her lead Midland Heart, and wish her every success in her new role. I know that Ruth shares our ambition for excellence and has a passion to help transform the lives of our customers.

‘Ruth’s experience across the housing and care sectors will be an invaluable asset to us, and I am confident that Ruth will continue to drive Midland Heart’s values and ambitions for many years ahead.’

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