Hanover Housing Association and Anchor Trust have completed their merger to form a 60,000 home specialist housing group.

Jane Ashcroft and Stuart Burgess with Anchor Hanover logo

Jane Ashcroft and Stuart Burgess will lead the newly merged Anchor Hanover

The newly merged group, rebranded as Anchor Hanover, will provide rented and leasehold retirement housing and residential care homes across 90% of local councils in England. The merged group has become the largest single provider of specialist housing and care for older people in England.

Anchor chief executive Jane Ashcroft has been appointed chief executive of the new housing and care provider while Hanover chair Dr Stuart Burgess will take on the chair position in the merged group.

Burgess said the group had “ambitious plans” to expand including potential moves into social rented, shared ownership and outright sale new homes.

Ashcroft added: “For more than 50 years, Anchor and Hanover have helped people enjoy later life. Today, in an ageing society, our housing, care and support is needed more than ever. Together, we can provide a bigger range of housing and care options and build more new locations. Anchor Hanover provides an exciting opportunity to create a brighter, happier future for more people. Crucially, our new organisation also enables us to offer better career options for colleagues and attract and retain great people.”