Somerset Care Group appoints chief executive officer

Provider Somerset Care Group has appointed Gary Ridewood as chief executive officer on a permanent basis following a period as interim CEO since November.

Ridewood joined the group in September 2017 as its chief financial officer and stepped into the role of interim chief executive following the departure of Dr Jane Townson.

He has previous experience in sectors including wholesale, retail, financial services, recruitment and manufacturing across group consolidations of UK and international businesses, plc and owner managed companies, including private equity, and Financial Conduct Authority compliance.

‘Gary’s commercial experience, insight and expertise, coupled with his drive and passion for social care, will prove to be invaluable in driving the group forward,’ said Angela Dupont, chairman of Somerset Care Group. ‘ I and the board look forward to working with him and I feel confident that the care sector and all its stakeholders will benefit significantly.’

Commenting on his appointment, Ridewood said: ‘Firstly, I am grateful and honoured that the board has presented me with this opportunity, leading the new five year plan gives us the opportunity to influence the lives of so many and support people to live the life they choose.’