A message from the Chairman, Rachel Hill Appointed as Chief Exec

16th April 2020

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15 April 2019


Rachel Hill appointed as Chief Executive

On behalf of the Board of Trustees I am delighted to announce the appointment of Rachel Hill as Chief Executive of the Whiteley Homes Trust.

The appointment follows a thorough internal and external search and selection process supported by a recruitment consultancy, which the Board commissioned in December last year. Rachel has demonstrated that she is the outstanding candidate and the Board has endorsed her appointment unanimously.

Rachel joined the Trust in 2018 as Director of Care and Community and since the end of October 2019 has been the acting Chief Executive Officer. Her leadership as we manage the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic has been and continues to be outstanding.

Rachel Hill said: “I am delighted to be appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Whiteley Homes Trust and I would like to thank our Chairman Rod Bennion and the Board of Trustees for their support and for the opportunity to lead Whiteley at such a critical time for this historic and much loved charity.

“I am acutely aware of the unprecedented challenges we face but feel confident we can meet these challenges with such an excellent and dedicated team of colleagues here at Whiteley, working both on the frontline in care and in critical support roles. I am very grateful to our staff, volunteers, residents, their families and local people for their support at this difficult time and working together I believe we will emerge an even stronger community for the future.”

Sidney Guichard, Chairman of the Whiteley Village Residents Committee and the Whiteley Village Association said: “I am delighted with the news of Rachel’s acceptance of the post of CEO of the Whiteley Village Trust.

“From the first day I met her she was always prepared to go the extra mile. Nothing was too onerous or difficult. She has a very friendly and outgoing personality, which endears her to people, and always gets the best out of them.  She listens to everyone, however humble their position might be; and if there is a problem she does her best to solve it or help in any way she can. Everyone is treated as an equal, be they Trustee or Villager.

“I feel she will be a great asset to the Village, and I wish her every success in her new position, which I am sure she will fulfil in every way. I have the utmost confidence in her ability to fill this difficult post.”

Rachel’s previous senior roles include Head of Nursing Haematology, Haemostasis and Thrombosis, Cellular pathology, spiritual, palliative and end of Life care at Guys and St Thomas NHS Trust and Director of Clinical Services at Woking and Sam Beare Hospices.

Rod Bennion OBE


The Whiteley Homes Trust

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