Retirement homes specialist Churchill Retirement Living has appointed Gary Day to its Plc Board as its new Land, Design and Planning Director.
Gary will work closely with existing senior team to spearhead a new land buying campaign and ensure the delivery of timely planning consents. Gary will be pivotal to driving forward the company’s ambitious growth plan.
Churchill’s recruitment drive
Other recent hires include Regional Managing Directors Paul Underwood (South East), Adam Mooij (Northern) and Martin Bessant (Eastern). Gary brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise working for McCathy Stone for over 32 years.
He will focus on ensuring the company’s policies, processes and activities maximise opportunities to secure sites and achieve planning consents.
The retirement homes living model
Gary is a leading advocate for the retirement living model, having advised central and devolved governments in England, Scotland and Wales on strategies for housing the ageing population. He has sat on government expert panels and provided evidence to various select committee inquiries.
Gary also played an important role in advising the Retirement Housing Group on how to engage more constructively with the Government. Advice on securing a more proactive planning system, including a formal planning policy presumption in favour of retirement housing.
His knowledge will be highly valuable to the company’s commitment to emerge strongly from the pandemic. Establish Churchill as a go-to partner for government in pursuit of its housing agenda.
Churchill’s post pandemic opportunities
Commenting on his appointment, Gary said:
“I’m very excited to be joining Churchill as it emerges from the pandemic with a great opportunity ahead to do more of what it does so well already.
Churchill is a company that shares my own commitment to delivering high quality retirement properties. It has a simple and focussed business model, and I’m looking forward to ensuring that the front end of the business delivers the consented land needed to meet our growth expectations. Alongside this, I will continue to seek planning reforms that will enable Churchill to meet the growing housing needs of our ageing population, and thus to increase its market share.
Churchill’s Chairman & CEO Spencer J McCarthy added:
“I am delighted to welcome Gary to the team, and look forward to working with him as we sharpen our focus on the clear growth potential in our important sector of the house building market.
Retirement housing provides many benefits for older people and their families, and we aim to enable Churchill homeowners to live happier, healthier, more independent lives, whilst saving on health and social care costs. We recognise that every older person has their own unique needs, whether that be to live closer to town centre amenities and maintain a busy social life to staying on top of house upkeep and maintenance. We aim to meet these needs so that our owners can enjoy their retirement to the full.”