The Royal Star & Garter Homes’ new Chief Executive, Andy Cole, took up his position with the Charity, which cares for disabled veterans, at the start of January. Andy took over from Mike Barter, who has retired.
Andy has an established charity background, having previously held the post of Director of Corporate Affairs at Leonard Cheshire Disability. Prior to that, he led the national baby charity, Bliss, for eight years, for which he received an OBE in 2014.
Having steered both of these charities through challenging times for the sector, campaigning and innovating to improve people’s lives, Andy is well placed to implement the exciting changes that lie ahead for the Charity in its centennial year and beyond, including the development of the Charity’s new, purpose-built Home in High Wycombe.
Andy commented on his appointment: “I am delighted to have joined the Charity at this significant time in its long history. Building a new Home is an important project for the Charity and will allow us to offer support to a further 75 veterans. The last 100 years of specialist care has provided us with a unique foundation on which to develop our work for the future.”
Building on the Charity’s successes at the National Dementia Care Awards last November, Andy is determined to ensure that the Homes continue to offer exceptional care to disabled veterans and their spouses. He intends that the High Wycombe Home will learn from the examples set by the Charity’s existing, award-winning Homes, explaining: “We will nurture the existing ethos of specialist care across all of our Homes and reach out to other organisations, to share learning and best practice.”
- Andy Cole OBE
- Andy Cole, residents, staff and The Mayor of Solihull at the Founders’ Day celebrations
At the 6th National Dementia Care Awards 2015, The Royal Star & Garter Homes won: Best Dementia Team Award for the Solihull Home’s Dementia Care Team; and Best Resident/Relative Contribution Award, for Rachel Christophers whose husband, Theo, an Army veteran, lives with dementia at the Solihull Home.
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About The Royal Star & Garter Homes:
The Royal Star & Garter Homes is a charity founded in 1916 to care for the severely injured young men returning from the battlegrounds of the First World War. Today we provide specialist care to the whole military family in our friendly, state-of-the-art Homes. Disabled ex-Servicemen and women, and their partners, can all benefit from our pioneering approach to nursing, dementia and therapeutic care.
We are proud to have enjoyed Royal patronage since our foundation, including that of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from 1953 to the present day.
Anyone who is physically disabled or incapacitated and has served in Her Majesty’s Forces is eligible to apply for a place in one of The Royal Star & Garter Homes, as well as the partners of ex-Service people.
We are in the process of building new Homes around the country to provide specialist nursing care for disabled ex-Service people in the best modern surroundings, including dementia care facilities to address this growing need. The first of these prestigious new Homes opened in Solihull, West Midlands, in the autumn of 2008 and has already established itself as a centre of excellence. The state-of-the-art facilities at Solihull have been emulated at a second new Home in Surbiton, Surrey, which opened in August 2013 and which will also enable the Charity to offer interim care for young disabled Service personnel. Following the successes of the first two Homes, a third Home in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, will open in 2017.
The Charity is celebrating its centenary: providing specialist care for disabled veterans since 1916.