Carole Sawyers, Chief Executive, to retire from Brendoncare

Hampshire-based charity, The Brendoncare Foundation, has announced that Carole Sawyers, Chief Executive, will be retiring at the end of June 2020.

Carole Sawyers joined Brendoncare in June 2014. Prior to Brendoncare, she was Chief Executive of The Fremantle Trust. She joined The Fremantle Trust as Director of Finance in 1992 before progressing to Chief Executive in 2002. Carole started her career as a Chartered Accountant, a role she enjoyed for 11 years.

During Carole’s leadership, Brendoncare has embarked on new developments, including the innovative dementia-focused community at Otterbourne Hill. A programme of future developments is also underway: a new care home, ‘St Giles View’, in Winchester is due to commence shortly, with an opening date towards the end of 2021; the redevelopment of The Old Parsonage Court in Otterbourne, which will provide additional housing with care accommodation; and a new purpose-built development of Brendoncare Ronald Gibson House, due for completion in 2022. She has also led Brendoncare to achieving ‘Good’ CQC ratings in all its ten care homes.

Carole has been instrumental in leading the development of Brendoncare Clubs. The 90+ friendship and wellbeing clubs in Hampshire and Dorset are run for older people in the community, who may otherwise be lonely.

Carole is currently leading on a number of research and innovation projects including a project to make short-term respite stays financially accessible to those who really need it. She is also looking at funding an Admiral Nurse who will be working with the local community and some of the dementia residents and their families at Otterbourne Hill.

Throughout her career in the caring industry, Carole was a Board Member and Honorary Treasurer of The National Care Forum and was also on the Board of Your Care Rating during the set up phase.

Carole Sawyers had this to say, “I am both excited by the new phase of my life and very sad to be facing leaving Brendoncare. I have really enjoyed my time at Brendoncare and feel privileged to lead the wonderful teams in our homes and clubs who are making a huge difference to our members’ and residents’ lives everyday.

“In my retirement, I am looking forward to spending time with my daughter in Australia and do some long distance walking. I am currently targeting the Fife coastal path and the South Downs Way.”

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