LifeCare Residences appoints chief operating officer

Gary Heather, chief operating officer, LifeCare Residences

Gary Heather has been appointed chief operating officer at luxury retirement community operator LifeCare Residences (LCR).

Heather will be responsible for operating its UK retirement villages and nursing homes, and brings experience in people management, as well as skills in sales and marketing.

Heather said: ‘I am delighted to be joining LCR to assist the business in reaching its strategic goals and to further enhance our reputation as an employer of choice. I am looking forward to forming close partnerships internally to enhance our service levels and develop our most important asset – our people.’

Before joining the group, Heather was a founder member of retail and hospitality recruitment consultancy, Retail Human Resources plc.

Nigel Sibley, LCR chief executive, added: ‘We welcome Gary to LCR. This appointment is further evidence of our commitment to maintain industry leading standards within our current village and care offerings, as well as our future capacity for growth in London.’

LCR operates in the UK and New Zealand.