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International Investors in People Award – Winner!


We are delighted and extremely proud to announce that Regard and ACH CEO, Sandie Foxall-Smith won the prestigious ‘Leader of the Year’ Award at last night’s Investors in People ceremony.

The award recognises inspirational leadership and Sandie won from a shortlist that included leaders from Arriva Rail North, Wheatley Group, Cornerstone and Age UK.

After receiving the award Sandie paid tribute to her team. She said: “Leaders can only be successful if they have a group of people that sign on to a vision and want to make it happen. We certainly have that at Regard.

“I am also pleased that this is recognition for the care industry. Quite understandably the focus is often on carers and those who deliver the service in the front line. But their job is made better if you have a strong management structure behind them that is driving a business that is sustainable and makes money that can be invested in improving standards.”

The IIP Awards, which received over 300 entries, celebrate the best people management practices among Investors in People accredited businesses.

The Leader of the Year Award is by far the most competitive individual award. The winner must communicate a clear purpose and vision with passion, enthusiasm and energy.

Sandie was praised for her achievements which included ‘a demonstrable track record of delivering results for the organisation’ and for being a ‘leader who is decisive and gives clear direction for people.’

Regard holds the prestigious gold standard awarded by Investors In People, and is one of just four out of the 17,000 care organisations in the country to have achieved this status.