The board of Care South has announced the retirement of chief executive, Susan Willoughby, who joined the charity as interim finance director in 1999.
The leading provider of residential and home care services across the south of England, originally known as The Dorset Trust, then promoted Susan to chief executive in 2000.
Susan said: “I have seen many changes during my time but the one thing that has never changed is the passion, commitment and dedication of our staff to ensure our residents receive the very best care and feel at home while in our homes.”
Over the past 19 years, Susan has created a strategy which enabled the charity to become financially secure with a promising and sustainable future ahead.
More recently, Susan has led Care South in the commissioning and opening of three new homes; St Ives Country House Care near Ringwood, Wickmeads residential care home in Bournemouth and Alexandra House residential and dementia care home in Poole.
Felicity Irwin DL, chairman of Care South, said: “Susan has been a credit to Care South, her achievements and commitment to the charity are something she can look back on with pride. Susan has always had a caring and empathetic relationship with the staff and has laid a path that will be closely followed in the future.”
Simon Bird, property director and deputy chief executive, has since taken over the position as chief executive.