National Care Forum appoints Royal Star & Garter chief executive as chairman

Royal Star & Garter chief executive Andy Cole OBE has taken over as chairman of National Care Forum (NCF), the not-for- profit care provider representative body. On 13 May, Cole replaced Maria Ball, chief

executive of Quantum Care, who held the post of chairwoman since 2017. Ball will remain on the board of directors

to provide support to the NCF team and its members. Cole, an NCF board member since 2017,

led the development of Royal Star & Garter’s home in High Wycombe, which opened in 2019 and is championing the launch of new services for veterans. Cole was previously chief executive

of the national premature baby charity, Bliss, receiving an OBE in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours; and was a director at Leonard Cheshire. He also sits on the council of Buckinghamshire New University. NCF chief executive Vic Rayner said: “We

Dementia, Care And Nursing Home Expo returns to NEC in September

Roar B2B, the organiser of the Dementia, Care and Nursing Home Expo, has confirmed the event will return on 15-16 September at Birmingham NEC. The face-to-face event will

are delighted to announce Andy Cole as chair of NCF as Maria Ball steps down. Maria has been a dedicated chair and during the last year has steered the NCF team and members through the pandemic. “As we approach our 30th anniversary

Andy will bring his invaluable experience and expertise to the role of NCF chair.”

Marchese Partners rebrands as Life3A

include CPD-accredited seminar and masterclass programmes, as well as an exhibitor floor. The seminar programme will consist

of a series of talks hosted by a range of experts from throughout the care sector from different backgrounds. The talks will be given by those who

provide front-line care work, as well as from chief executives who will be providing a top-down perspective of the industry and the changes it is undergoing. The masterclasses meanwhile

are managed by Quality Compliance Systems and have been curated by dedicated specialists to provide learning opportunities. The return of the Dementia, Care

Australian architecture firm Marchese Partners is rebranding to Life3A in the UK and Europe in a strategic move that will focus on a more holistic approach to designing and delivering solutions for the third age. Under its new identity as Life3A, the

practice is evolving its focus beyond the built environment to provide a unified brand of later living services that incorporates design, research, and strategic advice. Marchese Partners was founded in

Sydney, Australia in 1994. Life3A will be independent of the Marchese Partners, which will trade under its name in the Asia-Pacific region only. Life3A will operate under a new leadership

team in the UK and Europe led by Stewart Dean and Anne-Marie Nicholson. “Under this new identity, we’re bringing

together the best thinkers in the world of later 12

living so we can continue to lead the way and create communities that celebrate the lives of older people,” said Nicholson. “With a global outlook, we can design,

deliver, and draw on research and knowledge from an international pool of experts who all share the same passion,” she added. Dean said: “For the past two decades, we

have been on a mission to improve the quality of later living and care across the world. What we have learned is that it takes more than just design to improve the lives of older people. “In a world that is rapidly changing,

our ageing population requires a similar approach, and we are committed to evolving our mission and purpose to meet their needs. This approach goes beyond design and is an opportunity to make a serious difference to how we live. It’s about research, technology, and forward-thinking partnerships that work together to improve the lives of older people.”

and Nursing Home Expo will also see the Virtual Dementia Tour created by Training 2 Care, which runs through one of their mobile dementia simulators and uses technology to give visitors an opportunity to see what life is like for people with dementia.

News in brief

n The trustees of Hallmark Care Homes Foundation have appointed Stephen Burke as the charity’s first chief executive. Burke has also been appointed as the chief executive of the Goyal family charity, the Hemraj Goyal Foundation, which was set

up in memory of Goyal’s late father. ................................................................................

n Retirement village developer Audley and BlackRock Real Assets have joined together to form a multi-site joint venture with a £500m gross development value. The partnership will fund the development of retirement communities including at least three mid-market villages within the Audley Group’s Mayfield portfolio. • June 2021

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