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The Regard Group welcomes a new Managing Director


We are delighted to announced the appointment of Carole Edmond as the new managing director for The Regard Group,

Her arrival coincides with a period of significant growth at Regard. Having opened 13 new services over the past year, we have another three due to open during the first three months of 2017.

Regard’s CEO, Sandie Foxall-Smith, said: “We are delighted to have Carole join us at what is shaping up to be a very exciting time for Regard.

“Her experience will add breadth and depth to the business, not least in relation to the acquisition opportunities we continue to explore.”

Carole Edmond said: “I’m really impressed with the ethos, passion and purpose that Sandie and her team demonstrate for delivering high-quality services for adults with learning disabilities.

“The organisation has a great culture which is so important in a deeply people-based business.

“I’m very excited to become part of Regard’s senior team, and am looking forward to being part of an organisation which really lives its values and makes a difference every day.”

Carole comes to Regard after almost two decades in the childcare sector. After spearheading research for Bupa into the childcare market, Carole developed Bupa Childcare from a start-up position to become a top 10 operator within three years. After its spin off to Bright Horizons in 2009 she led Bright Horizons to become the leading nursery operator in the B2B and B2C markets in the U.K. and Ireland.

During her time with Bright Horizons, Carole’s focus on safety, quality and learning outcomes saw the business improve its regulatory performance and develop award-winning services, gaining sector recognition and increased customer satisfaction, and leading to several successful mergers and acquisitions.

Sandie Foxall-Smith said: “It is clear that during a time of significant growth at Bright Horizons, having Carole at the helm created a culture of inspiring leadership at all levels and high employee engagement.”

During this period the organisation was the first childcare company to be awarded the nationally recognised Education Investor Education Business of the Year in 2013, and it rose to seventh place on the ‘Great place to Work’ list in 2015.

Carole left Bright Horizons in 2015 to complete her doctoral studies. In the last year she has set up her own company working as an industry expert providing consultancy services to investors in the UK and internationally, as well as undertaking public speaking on the findings from her doctoral research on ‘female attainment’.