Since the appointment of Dr Jane Townson as Chief Executive in June 2015, there has been a vacant post on the Somerset Care Group’s Board of Directors. Another two Non-Executive Directors, Richard Barnfield and Jim Iles, plan to retire in October following long and valued service.
A national advert brought huge interest and well over 100 applications for the three vacancies, resulting in successful appointments.
Richard Ring joined the Somerset Care Group in July 2016, taking up his new post as Non-Executive Director. Richard is Chief Financial Officer and Retail Operations Director for the apetito Group, which deliver meals to care homes, hospitals and people living in their own homes.
Roger Davies has a background in care, housing and support services for older people. His most recent executive position was as Chief Executive of Methodist Homes (MHA), one of the UK’s largest charities and foremost providers in the sector. Roger has also played a prominent role in establishing organisations such as Care England, Your Care Rating and Associated Retirement Community Operators.
Sarah Hicks is Head of Private Patients and Commercial Support at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. Sarah has been a senior manager in the leisure industry, and led the turnaround of the historic Fox’s woollen mill after its acquisition by Deborah Meadon, investor and entrepreneur known for her appearances on BBC’s Dragon’s Den. Sarah has an MBA from Exeter University.
Roger and Sarah will join the Board when Richard Barnfield and Jim Iles step down in October. They will join existing Board members; Chris Davies CBE, DL (Chairman of the Board), Heather Strawbridge OBE (Non-Executive Director), Dr Jane Townson MA (Oxon), MSc, PhD (Chief Executive), Chris Wall FCA (Finance Director, Company Secretary and Deputy Chief Executive) and Sue Baverstock FCIPD (Executive Director of HR and Organisational Development).
On the changes to the Board of Directors, Chairman, Chris Davies said:
“Jim and Richard will be much-missed. They have brought huge experience and wisdom to the Group for a long time. We have been very fortunate to recruit so strongly to these important positions. As Non-Executive Directors, Richard, Roger and Sarah will bring broad experience and incisive thinking, as well as caring commitment. These are not easy times for the care sector, but we are convinced that the Somerset Care Group has a bright future. So many vulnerable people rely on us every minute of every day, and we are determined to offer them the best possible chance to achieve what matters to them. This wise, ambitious Board will steer us forward confidently.”