Belong has announced that finance director, Tracey Stakes, will assume the role of chief executive, with current operations director, Tracy Paine, being promoted to deputy chief executive. The moves follow the announcement at the beginning of the year by current chief executive, Nick Dykes that he had decided to retire from his role once a replacement had been appointed and a smooth handover concluded. Both Tracey Stakes and Tracy Paine will formally take up their new positions by July.
Tracey Stakes has held her current position since she joined the organisation in 1997, while Tracy Paine 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.
Commenting on the appointments, 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.”
On taking over as chief executive, Tracey Stakes 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. 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.”
Belong’s state-of-the-art villages provide a range of care, housing and support options for older people, as well as extensive amenities in the village centre. Belong specialises in supporting people with dementia, providing 24-hour care in extended family sized households, with modern open plan layouts specially designed around the needs of people with dementia.
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.