Karen Knight is to step down as managing director of NorseCare on 31 January after more than eight years in the role.
Knight began her career as a cleaner in one of Norfolk County Council’s residential homes more than 30 years ago.
After holding a number of senior management roles within child and community services, Knight was promoted to managing director of the newly-formed NorseCare Ltd, which took over the council’s responsibility for residential and housing with care schemes in August 2011.
Knight has also been an executive director on the Norse Group board, and will remain with the Norse Group as an independent non-executive director.
During her leadership, NorseCare’s new build programme culminated with £30m plus developments of housing with care and dementia care schemes across Norfolk. Knight also led the redevelopment of the Mountfield care home in Norwich, which opened on 6 January.
‘It has been a real privilege for me to lead a company where everyone’s role has made such a comprehensive contribution to the company’s main success – which has been to improve the quality of support for thousands of people living with us as part of the NorseCare family,’ said Knight. ‘I look forward to my new role on the Norse Group board and to supporting the Norse Group and other NorseCare developments as we go from strength to strength.’
Martin Rix, chief operating officer of NorseCare, will take on Knight’s responsibilities and report to chief executive Dean Wetteland.
NorseCare is the largest care provider in Norfolk, providing care and support in 21 residential care homes and 15 housing with care schemes.
NorseCare is part of the Norse Group Ltd, a holding company, wholly owned by Norfolk County Council.