Leading Scottish care home group, Renaissance Care, has revealed a host of new appointments and promotions as it looks to double the size of the business over the next three years.
Following the recent announcement of expansion plans across the group, a range of roles have been filled with new appointments, alongside a number of promotions recognising the dedication and strong performance of staff, especially during the pandemic.
The positions include a string of senior roles including Finance Director, Head of Marketing, Head of Property and People Services Manager.
- Scott Birnie has been hired as Financial Controller at Renaissance Care – Scott joined the team to help project lead the implementation of new and upgraded working processes for Renaissance Care. This includes a complete review and overhaul of financial systems, workforce systems and IT review to ensure the efficiencies throughout the company that will create the foundations of business growth
- Nina Mclean has been appointed as People Service Manager at Renaissance Care – Nina’s appointment coincides with a new people strategy and culture review at Renaissance Care. Nina’s wealth of knowledge has already advanced the execution of new people focused solutions, ensuring the workforce is supported and the cultural initiatives including a flexible approach to work, and a more inclusive environment for all, are instilled effectively.
- Kirstene Feenan has been promoted to Head of Marketing at Renaissance Care – In her fourth year with Renaissance Care, Kirstene’s commitment to promoting and supporting the homes and the wider business was underlined during the pandemic where she oversaw all family and staff comms, including information sharing on the implementation of new visiting restrictions and care systems during lockdown. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, Kirstene drove occupancy as well as resident and staff wellbeing initiatives which supported the business operations.
- Gordon Ritchie has been promoted to Head of Property at Renaissance Care – Gordon was key in ensuring all homes remained safe and functioning smoothly during the pandemic, including the sourcing and implementation of safety systems in line with regulations. Gordon is being rewarded for his commitment to the homes, residents, families and staff which included building visiting pods for families and residents to allow for regulation compliant visiting during the winter months.
- Stuart Middleton has been appointed as Catering and Dining Operations Manager at Renaissance Care – Stuart began his career with Renaissance Care 13 years ago as a Kitchen Porter and has now come back into the fold in a new role where he will be responsible for training kitchen staff, as well as maintaining and developing robust kitchen systems to further promote positive dining experiences for residents.
In support of the business goals to grow and retain its talented pool of staff, Renaissance Care recently announced a full cultural review across its 16 homes in response to exhaustion across the care sector following the pandemic. Staff across the homes are now being offered a range of new benefits including flexible working, a pay review across all roles, and a health and wellbeing package.
To further complement the refreshed people strategy brought into help future proof the business, create a happy and safe environment for all, and to support recruitment, the business has recently moved to a bigger and more modern office for its office-based staff. It is hoped the improved space will increase staff wellbeing and will accommodate future growth and expansion.
Executive chairman, Robert Kilgour, recently announced investment plans as he confirmed ambitions to double the firm’s size, with hopes of increasing the home portfolio to 30 homes across Scotland utilising new multi-million-pound bank facilities and £30m of additional acquisition funding.
The group, which currently operates 16 care homes throughout Scotland with around 1,200 staff, will spend over £6 million over the next three years on major refurbishments, kitting out its existing care homes with lots of new windows, full LED lighting, improved insulation, new boilers, and better heating controls as part of an energy efficiency drive.
The group also revealed plans to spend £8 million, subject to gaining planning permission, on six major projects – adding a further 56 new bedrooms, amongst other related improvements, at six of its existing care homes.
Robert Kilgour, executive chairman of Renaissance Care, said: “It is not lost on us that as an organisation rooted in caring for people, we must ensure that our staff are equally looked after and are recognised and rewarded for the incredibly hard work which they dedicate to our residents, their families and our business.
“We have always had a strong focus on the development and investment into our staff across the services we work in, however following an extremely challenging few years, it is essential that we buckle down in delivering this in a consistent and meaningful manner to help us retain, and grow, the talented staff we have here at Renaissance Care.
“Our sector was challenged insurmountably during the pandemic, and it was the people on the frontline, and in the background supporting them, that allowed us to make it through what will go down as the toughest time our industry has ever faced. We look forward to welcoming more likeminded people on to our team and celebrating our staff, who have a sense of loyalty and commitment second to none.
Other appointments included:
- Nichaela Richardson as Digital Marketing Executive, supporting the digital communications and marketing to promote Renaissance Care.
Image depicts Nina Mclean, People Service Manager at Renaissance Care