Sanctuary Group, one of the UK’s leading housing and care providers, has strengthened its governing Board following the election of three new members at its recent Annual General Meeting.
Sanctuary’s Group Chief Executive David Bennett has also announced the appointment of a new Chief Operating Officer for the organisation.
These appointments are designed to support Sanctuary’s complex business environment and bolster its strategic plans for growth. They will also ensure the organisation is well placed to meet the challenges of the Government’s agenda and address the need for more affordable housing and care services.
Elected to the Board by shareholders are Elizabeth Meek CBE, a cabinet advisor and chair of the new think-tank ‘The Centre for London’; Robert McComb, a former investment banker and treasurer at Dresdner Kleinwort; and Kenneth Gibb, Professor of Housing Economics at the University of Glasgow.
They will be building on the strong legacy left by Victoria Elvidge, Nick Buckland, Valerie Leake and Barry Stanford who are stepping down from the Board.
Jonathan Lander, Chair of Sanctuary’s Audit Committee, has been elected by the Board as its Vice Chair.
Reporting to Group Chief Executive David Bennett, Ian McDermott has been appointed to the newly-created post of Chief Operating Officer.
For the last three years Ian has been Sanctuary’s Group Director of Property Services and prior to that has experience as a chief executive of several organisations.
Said David Bennett: “We are continually looking at ways to work more effectively and more efficiently, and this role is designed to support our strategic priorities and targets.
“The new appointments to Sanctuary’s Board and this senior management post will augment our expertise and support our plans for further growth and we look forward to seizing the opportunities that lie ahead.”