Belong names senior leadership team

Finance director Tracey Stakes has been named as the new chief executive of Belong care villages.

As part of a senior management reshuffle, current operations director Tracy Paine is also being promoted to deputy chief executive.

Tracey (pictured) said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to carry on the work we started over a decade ago in developing Belong to be a leader in the care of older people.

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“Our five award-winning care villages will become six this summer with the opening of Belong Morris Feinmann and then seven early in 2018 with the addition of Belong Newcastle-under-Lyme. Several more villages are already in pipeline and we are moving forward with confidence.”

The moves follow current chief executive Nick Dykes’ announcement of his retirement, which is now expected following a handover over the next two months.

Tracey has held her current position since she joined the organisation in 1997, while Tracy has worked as operations director since 2003, having previously worked for the care group earlier in her career and then returning after gaining further experience with other care providers.

Chair of the Belong board, Roger Hoyle said: “I am delighted to announce that, following a thorough and rigorous recruitment process, the board of Belong has chosen Tracey Stakes to be our next chief executive and Tracy Paine as deputy chief executive.

“They have both demonstrated an unwavering commitment to and passion for the work of Belong and have, together, set out a clear plan to take the organisation forward.”

Each Belong village provides a range of care, housing and support options for older people, as well as extensive amenities. Belong specialises in supporting people living with dementia, providing 24-hour care in extended family sized households, with modern open plan layouts.

Each village also offers a choice of independent living in a Belong apartment located within the village complex. As a registered domiciliary provider, the organisation is additionally able to support people in their own home, through its Belong at Home service.

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