Regard CEO shortlisted for prestigious Investors In People Awards 2016

Regard CEO Sandie Foxall Smith (standing, right) and staff celebrating their IIP Gold Award
Regard CEO Sandie Foxall Smith (standing, right) and staff celebrating their IIP Gold Award

Sandie Foxall-Smith, CEO of care-provider Regard, has been shortlisted for Leader of the year in the global Investors in People Awards.


The category, for leaders in businesses with over 250 employees, recognises inspirational leadership that stands out above the rest.


The Awards, which received over 300 entries internationally, celebrate the best people management practices among Investors in People-accredited businesses.


Sandie, who joined Regard in 2012, was shortlisted for her achievements which included ‘a demonstrable track record of delivering results for the organisation’ and for being a ‘leader who is decisive and gives clear direction for people.”


“It is a privilege to be shortlisted for this prestigious award, a clear indication of the dedication and hard work the team has invested in the business,” said Sandie.


“Once management is right everyone is able to work together to achieve goals and improve things for the most important people – those we care for through our service.


“By creating a culture of innovation through team-working we have created the desire among our staff to be the best in care delivery.”


Under Sandie’s leadership Regard has been transformed into the fourth largest private provider in the sector with 147 residential care and supported living services across the country for people with learning disabilities and mental health needs.


Paul Devoy, head of Investors in People, said: “Once again we have been overwhelmed by the number and calibre of entries received for the Investors in People Awards.


“It’s fantastic to see so many organisations nominated for outperforming in their sector, demonstrating great people management practice and a commitment to staff development.”


The systems Sandie and her team have instigated led to IIP Bronze, Silver and Gold awards in just three years, and a clutch of industry awards.


Winners will be announced at a spectacular awards ceremony and dinner in June 2016 at Old Billingsgate, London.


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