After five years as CEO of the Regard Group, Sandie Foxall-Smith has announced her decision to step down from her senior leadership position.
Since Foxall-Smith took over the helm at Regard in 2012, the organisation has gone from strength to strength and is now the UK’s fourth largest private organisation providing supported living and residential services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury.
At the end of 2017 the Group was acquired by AMP Capital, and their global Head of Infra Health, Julie-Anne Mizzi, has emphasised the importance of Foxall-Smith’s leadership.
Julie-Anne Mizzi said “Sandie has made a significant contribution during her tenure at Regard. This is reflected in the quality of the business, the reputation and the industry awards the group has received; attributes that AMP Capital found very compelling.
“We want to thank Sandie for her tremendous contribution to both Regard and the adult social care sector and wish her all the very best for the future.”
Regard now cares for more than 1,300 people, with a dedicated staff of over 2,600 people working at 161 locations throughout the UK.
During Foxall-Smith’s time at the helm, Regard has been awarded Investors in People’s Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. In 2016 she was awarded the IIP global ‘Leader of the Year’ award, which recognises inspirational leadership across all industry sectors. The judges praised her for achieving ‘a demonstrable track record of delivering results for the organisation’ and for being a ‘leader who is decisive and gives clear direction.”
Foxall-Smith was included in the 2016 HealthInvestor ‘Power Fifty’ list, which acknowledges those in the independent health sector who effect real changes, and recognises the leaders ‘who exert the most influence and command the most respect.’
Sandie has also ensured that colleagues at all levels within the Regard Group have had their efforts recognised, with short-listings and wins in a variety of care industry awards, and through Regard’s own in-house awards scheme.
Sandie said: “When I joined in 2012 my aim was to create a culture of innovation through team-working, which would create the desire among our staff to be the best in care delivery, and that aim has been realised now - our success speaks for itself.
“With the right management in place, everyone is able to work together to achieve the goals they have identified, and most importantly, to improve the lives and outcomes of all those we care for across our services.
“I leave the Regard Group in fantastic shape, and in the safe hands of managing director, Carole Edmond, who will now step up to the CEO role.”
Carole Edmond said: “I want to thank Sandie for her dedication to building a high-quality organisation and developing our people-focused culture, and to second her vote of thanks to the whole Regard team for a sustained commitment to making people’s lives better every day.”
Sandie Foxall-Smith has had a long career in healthcare. This included working as Director of Development for Circle Hospitals, ten years as a manager and Director in BUPA hospitals and three years as Chief Executive of St Peter’s Hospice, Bristol. She holds voluntary senior posts in charitable organisations and also spent a number of years as a Prince of Wales Ambassador.
She continues to champion disability rights, and since 2014 has been an active participant in the ‘Fulfilling Potential Forum,’ a government initiative to help formulate opinions of government and civil servants on relevant matters.