With his business celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, managing director Aidan Roche has been there from the start. He began as finance director with Signature working closely with private equity backers.
Having seen the business ride out the financial crash of 2007/2008, Mr Roche became managing director in 2013. Under Mr Roche’s leadership, Signature has redefined luxury lifestyle for care home residents and now aims to double the size of its estate in outer London’s affluent commuter belt, opening up to three homes per year from 2017.
This year, Mr Roche was an outspoken proponent of remaining in the EU arguing that Brexit represented too much of a risk to business certainty. He described the outcome as “not good news” and predicted that the resultant loss of business confidence would cause a recession. Mr Roche called on the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to maintain standards as it hiked fees in April. The hike signalled the launch of the process by which the industry will be entirely funded by operators within two years.
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