Carole Edmond, managing director of the Regard Group – the UK’s fourth biggest private provider of supported living and specialist residential services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury – has been included in the 2017 list of ‘100 Women To Watch,’ Cranfield School of Management’s annual showcase for top female achievers in the UK.
The list features outstanding female leaders drawn from a broad range of backgrounds, including women who hold senior executive roles in FTSE 350 firms and other significant organizations such as large non-listed companies, major charities, professional services firms, educational institutions and the Civil Service, with many different disciplines and functions represented.
Carole’s listing highlights her current position as managing director of the Regard Group, as well as her achievements during her previous two decades in the childcare sector.
Inspired by research she carried out for Bupa into the childcare market, Carole developed Bupa Childcare from a start-up position to become a top 10 operator within three years. After its spin off to Bright Horizons in 2009, she led Bright Horizons to become the leading nursery operator in the UK and Ireland.
During her time with Bright Horizons, Carole’s focus on safety, quality and learning outcomes saw the business develop award-winning services, gaining sector recognition and leading to several successful mergers and acquisitions.
Since Carole, who is author of a doctoral thesis on “female attainment” on how to navigate career challenges, joined the Regard Group at the beginning of 2017, she has been overseeing the integration of Adelphi and New Partnerships, which has brought 17 new services into the Regard group this year and is currently working on the acquisition of other operators.
Cranfield launched the ‘100 Women to Watch’ supplement in 2009 as part of the Cranfield Female FTSE Board Report. It is now a highly respected reference point for nomination committees and those who influence shortlists for Non-Executive Director positions in FTSE 350 companies.