NEWS HR

Custodian REIT plc (LON:CREI) announced it appointed two non-executive directors (NEDs) effective April 1. The UK property investment company said Elizabeth McMeikan has been appointed as the senior independent director (SID) and Chris Ireland as an independent director.

A pair of senior members of a Dundee housing association committee have been officially reinstated after being cleared of any wrongdoing following a probe into unspecified allegations. An investigation was carried out earlier this year after 16 allegations were lodged against the chief executive, chair and vice-chair of Abertay Housing Association. Despite the chairwoman, Kathleen Mands, and vice-chairman, Ron Neave, being re-elected to their positions on the housing association’s management committee in October 2020, both had to temporarily step down from their official duties while the probe was carried out.

Kevin Shaw has been appointed CEO of new assisted living brand, Santhem Residences, and care home design and construction business, Savista Developments. Kevin, who previously worked for Audley Villages as Managing Director, will lead the expansion of Santhem Residences delivering luxury assisted living accompanied by service of the highest standard.

A former care home manger stole more than £24,000 from a resident over five years to help pay for his gambling, a court has heard. Robert Harbord, 48, had worked as a manager at Heath Farm House care home in Little Plumstead when he took between £18,000 and £24,000 from a resident at the home “who had no mental capacity whatsoever”. Norwich Crown Court heard the money had been taken by Harbord between November 2014 and November 2019 but was only discovered after Harbord was dismissed for gross misconduct in relation to another matter. Duncan O’Donnell, prosecuting, said following his departure a review was conducted by Swanton Care and Community Ltd, which ran the care home, during which the fraud was discovered. He said Harbord had taken the debit card of one of the residents at the care home, who had no knowledge of him having the card and was vulnerable. It was discovered more than £24,800 had been taken from the resident’s account. Mr O’ Donnell said Harbord had a gambling habit which some of the money was spent on. Harbord, from Desmond Drive, Old Catton, appeared in court for sentence on Monday, March 15 having previously admitted fraud. Jailing Harbord for 20 months, Judge Andrew Shaw said: “It’s a substantial amount of money stolen over a sustained period of time from an extremely vulnerable person.” Judge Shaw said that those working with vulnerable people must understand that stealing their money will “almost always result in immediate detention to discourage others from stealing from these most vulnerable people”.

A new group chief executive has been appointed to lead Burlington Care and Marton Care Homes. Amanda Cunningham previously held the role of operations director at Marton Care Homes since March 2020. She has a wealth of social care experience, having begun her career as a nurse.

Heathcotes Group has appointed Emily Frost as recruitment business partner to support its specialist residential services nationwide.

Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare have announced the appointment of Michael Hurt as their new head of Memory Care.

Alcedo Care Group has recruited Nicki Grain to manage its recently opened office on Morecambe Road in Lancaster.