Statement from The Whiteley Homes Trust

25 October 2019

Change of Chief Executive Officer

The Whiteley Homes Trust today announces that its Chief Executive Officer, Chandra McGowan, is stepping down after six years at the Trust. Her departure follows the successful completion of the new care facility, the Eliza Palmer Hub, which was opened officially last month.

Chairman Rod Bennion said: “During her time as Chief Executive, Chandra has been instrumental in bringing new facilities and a focus on care to our community.

Whiteley has developed a great deal in that time, in no small part due to Chandra’s work and commitment. She has been central to the development and delivery of the Eliza Palmer Hub, which has been a hugely complex project, but which is a tremendous achievement and asset for the village. Chandra’s insights and commitment ensured the successful design and delivery of this project.

With this and her many contributions to her credit, she is moving on to new challenges and we wish her well.

In leaving after 6 years with the Trust at Whiteley, Chandra would like to thank her colleagues and residents for the support they have given her and “wishes you all the very best for your personal future and for the future of the Village”.

The Director of Care and Community, Rachel Hill, will lead the executive management team as Acting Chief Executive. Rachel joined the Trust in 2018 from the Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust where she was Head of Nursing Haematology, Cellular Pathology, Palliative and End of Life Care. Prior to that, she was Director of Clinical Services at Woking and Sam Beare Hospices. A registered nurse, she has a Master’s Degree in Palliative Care from King’s College London.

Rod Bennion added, “Rachel is an exceptionally qualified Director and has led large clinical teams at Whiteley, at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and at Woking and Sam Beare Hospices. She is well-known to the residents and our colleagues in the Trust, with whom she has a deserved reputation for her care expertise and leadership. We are grateful to Rachel for agreeing to take on the additional challenge of leading the executive team”.

Author: Andrea da Gama