Carole Sawyers to retire from Brendoncare
February 25, 2020
Carole Sawyers, chief executive of Hampshire-based charity The Brendoncare Foundation, is to retire at the end of June 2020. The board of trustees are currently working to recruit a new chief executive.
Prior to joining Brendoncare in June 2014, Carole had been chief executive of The Fremantle Trust, first joining that organisation as director of finance in 1992 before becoming chief executive in 2002. Carole started her career as a chartered accountant, a role she enjoyed for 11 years.
During Carole’s leadership, Brendoncare has embarked on new developments, including the dementia-focused community at Otterbourne Hill. A programme of future developments is also underway: construction of a new care home, St Giles View in Winchester, is due to commence shortly, with an opening date towards the end of 2021; the redevelopment of The Old Parsonage Court in Otterbourne, to provide additional housing with care accommodation; and Ronald Gibson House, due for completion in 2022. She has also led Brendoncare to achieving ‘Good’ CQC ratings in all its 10 care homes.
Carole has been instrumental in leading the development of Brendoncare Clubs. The 90+ friendship and wellbeing clubs in Hampshire and Dorset are run for older people in the community, who may otherwise be lonely.
Carole is currently leading on a number of research and innovation projects including a project to make short-term respite stays financially accessible to those who really need it. She is also looking at funding an Admiral Nurse who will be working with the local community and some of the dementia residents and their families at Otterbourne Hill.
Throughout her career in the care industry, Carole was a board member and honorary treasurer of The National Care Forum and was also on the board of Your Care Rating during the set-up phase.
“I am both excited by the new phase of my life and very sad to be facing leaving Brendoncare,” said Carole.
“I have really enjoyed my time at Brendoncare and feel privileged to lead the wonderful teams in our homes and clubs who are making a huge difference to our members’ and residents’ lives everyday.
“In my retirement, I am looking forward to spending time with my daughter in Australia and do some long distance walking. I am currently targeting the Fife coastal path and the South Downs Way.”
Brendoncare operates 10 care homes and five housing with care locations across the south of England. Brendoncare’s Care for Life promise provides security and peace of mind to residents and their families, ensuring that when a resident can no longer afford the full cost of their care Brendoncare will support them financially to remain with them for as long as their needs can be met