As one of the UK’s leading housing and care providers, Sanctuary Group owns and manages over 100,000 units of accommodation. We are committed to providing quality and affordability in housing and effective social care.

Sanctuary Group operates under multiple regulatory regimes. As a registered provider, Sanctuary is responsible for regulatory compliance to the Regulator of Social Housing. We have been awarded the highest possible ratings for Governance and Viability (G1 and V1 respectively). This indicates that the Group meets the requirements set out in the Governance and Financial Viability Standard and has the capacity to mitigate its exposures effectively. In Scotland our housing operation is regulated by the Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR). We have a medium level of engagement with the SHR because our size in Scotland means we have what it terms systemic importance. Our care operations are regulated by the Care Quality Commission and the Care Inspectorate.

To help us achieve our aims we receive private finance from institutions such as banks and other lenders, in addition to government funding. We work on building excellent relationships with our investors and funders and are committed to ensuring that we remain financially robust, through good times and bad. This is particularly important because our customers depend on us to ensure they have a roof over their heads or the care and support services they need.

The international rating agency Standard & Poor's has given Sanctuary a credit rating of A+ and Moody's Investors Service has given us an A2 stable rating.

At a glance

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Group Board

Sanctuary's Group Board oversees all of the activities undertaken by the organisation, ensuring compliance with Sanctuary's values and objectives. It comprises up to seven non-executive members, the Group Chief Executive and up to three co-opted members.

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Day-to-day management of activities is undertaken by Group Chief Executive, David Bennett, and the Group Executives. They are responsible for ensuring that the organisation has appropriate arrangements in place to meet objectives and targets.

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Latest investor news


David Bennett announces retirement from Sanctuary

Sanctuary Group has announced David Bennett’s decision to retire as Group Chief Executive at the end of the year, having joined the organisation in 1986 and having led it since 1991.

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Our growth

Since 1969, we have grown organically and through mergers and acquisitions, to now be one of the largest housing associations in the UK. But we don’t seek growth for its own sake. We are ambitious to grow because we believe with size comes a greater opportunity to make a positive difference in more people’s lives, and a greater opportunity to deliver our charitable objectives.

We have developed a well-earned reputation for rescuing failing organisations, most notably Cosmopolitan in 2013, which was on the brink of being the first housing association to default on its loans. Our approach is to take over struggling businesses, safeguard the assets for their customers and society, identify the areas of value and integrate them into our business model with standardised processes and procedures. We believe that only acting decisively, combined with strong governance, robust financial management and a commitment to quality, ensures affordable housing can continue to support the most vulnerable in society.

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Sanctuary Group has many accreditations from a large number of organisations including regulators, ratings agencies, training organisations and the British Standards Institute to name a few.

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ACCA Approved Employer

TPAS Accredited

Primary Authority BRDO

BSI BS 10008

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Sanctuary Group has been recognised as an award-winning organisation. We are very proud of the accolades we have received. These include prestigious development, employment, student accommodation and care awards.

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Corporate memberships

Sanctuary is a corporate member of a number of organisations, spanning a wide range of areas covering housing, facilities management, care, construction, universities and disability. This helps us to deliver high-quality services and keep abreast of best practice.

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