Berkley Care Group set for company expansion with new CEO

Seamus Halton, founder and chairman of Berkley Care Group
Seamus Halton, founder and chair, Connaught Care Group

Care home provider Berkley Care Group (BCG) is gearing up for an £80m expansion with the appointment of a new chief executive officer to start next month.

Andrew Winstanley will take over as CEO in February from Seamus Halton, who will become executive chairman. Halton has been CEO since he first founded the company back in 2010.

Winstanley joins Berkely from care home provider Baycroft where he spent more than five years as its managing director.

In his new role, Winstanley will work alongside Halton in growing and developing the business as part of a company expansion.

Berkley is investing £80m in a development programme to expand from its current six operational homes to 14 in the next three years, partly funded by private bank Coutts.

The six homes the group operates are in Kent, Berkshire, Oxford, Middlesex, Warwickshire and Buckinghamshire.

The first of the eight new homes is Badminton Place in Bristol, due to open in July.

Badminton Place is a £10m development offering 73 beds. The home will come equipped with facilities such as the ‘largest bistro bar’ in any care home in the country (200sqm), a spa, separate hair salons for men and women and a gym.

The home is being developed by Lawrence Baker.

Of the remaining seven care homes in the development pipeline, three are set to open in 2021 and the other four in 2022.

‘Andrew will help BCG and our team to continue to develop industry leading care facilities that will change the shape of the care sector to come,’ said Halton. ‘We currently have four care homes that have achieved outstanding and Andrew’s operational and management experience will no doubt assist us in maintaining and improving the way we deliver outstanding care.’

‘We have spent the last 18 months looking for the right candidate to fulfil this role and I am confident that in Andrew we have found someone who shares our vision and values in delivering to our customers care without compromise,’ he added.