Rod Bennion OBE has been appointed chair of retirement village operator, Whiteley Homes Trust.
The Trust owns and operates Whiteley Village in Walton on Thames, Surrey, an almshouse village community for 500 older people of limited financial means.
Rod said: ”I am delighted to be joining Whiteley Homes Trust, a very special community and organisation which brings together several of my personal passions – housing, care and the opportunity to make a real difference to peoples’ enjoyment of life by creating vibrant communities and respecting individuals. Not just for those living in the village but through the work of the Foundation, developing and sharing best practice with other communities in the UK.”
Rod’s career includes serving as Group Chief Operating Officer for The Wates Group and as non-executive Chairman of Home Group, the largest housing association provider of care and housing to vulnerable people in the UK. He was also Chairman of St Christopher’s Hospice in South East London, the founding hospice of the modern hospice movement, and Chairman of The Construction Youth Trust from 2000-2014 , as well as being a Trustee of the Worshipful Company of Lightmongers Charitable Trust, which supports people with sensory deprivation.
Chandra McGowan, Chief Executive of the Whiteley Homes Trust, said: “We are delighted to welcome Rod to the organisation. His experience, passion and commitment in developing solutions that enable the provision of excellent services in both social housing and care is inspirational. I am sure Rod’s pragmatic commerciality and clear affinity with the dynamics of the charity sector will be of great value in shaping the future of Whiteley Homes Trust.”
Rod’s appointment comes as it prepares to open its new £10.5m care hub in May 2019, providing intensive care capacity for up to 30 people with complex needs associated with old age.