Rachel Hill

Acting Chief Executive Officer

I have directed large clinical and non-clinical teams at Guy’s and St Thomas’, Woking and Sam Beare Hospices and more recently at Whiteley Village. I joined the Whiteley Homes Trust in 2018 from Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust where I was Head of Nursing Haematology, Cellular Pathology, Spiritual Care, Palliative and End of Life Care. Prior to that, I was Director of Clinical Services at Woking and Sam Beare Hospices. A registered nurse, I have a Masters Degree in Palliative Care from King’s College London.

I am passionate about providing high quality housing and support to those who need it most, and ensuring our residents are able to live life in all its fullness whatever their age, health or state of illness. I am strongly committed to social justice and to empowering compassionate and supportive communities to develop and thrive.

Suki Cavendish ACA

Chief Finance Officer

I am an experienced finance and corporate services director with extensive knowledge of both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. I trained with PwC and have over 19 years post-qualification experience, most recently focusing on devising and implementing strategies for changing businesses.

I joined The Whiteley Homes Trust in the summer of 2019. Previously I had a portfolio career for almost ten years including roles as a finance director, consultant and Trustee. Prior to this I worked as a Director of Finance, Corporate Services and Operations in the not-for-profit sector for organisations such as Blenheim High School; Croydon Economic Development Company; Employment Opportunities for the Disabled and the Refugee Legal Centre.

Katherine Sargent

Director of People

I started my HR career with Marks and Spencer and worked for 12 years in various roles, progressing to HR employment policy lead and Head of HR for the Change Programme. In 2006 I established my own HR consultancy, supporting SMEs with no HR department. The Whiteley Homes Trust was originally one of my clients but as my involvement developed, I later joined the Trust permanently as Director of People.

Since then the organisation has achieved a Silver accreditation for Investors in People and is working towards achieving Gold in 2020. I have led on the development and launch of an innovative Values Framework to drive staff engagement and retention. I also led the Trust’s transition programme, which included the launch of a new Model of Care and the complex relocation of residents and staff into the new Eliza Palmer Hub, nursing care centre.

Alison Armstrong

Director of Community & Foundation

I joined Whiteley in 2017 to launch and then lead The Whiteley Foundation for Ageing Well. Through research and innovative partnerships with academia and other stakeholders, the Foundation seeks to improve the lives of those living and working in Whiteley Village. We also aim to share our learning freely to help improve the wellbeing of older people everywhere. In 2019 I took on the new role of Director of Community, where I lead on matters relating to pastoral care, and building and improving community relationships and culture.

Previously, I ran my own company providing support to organisations and companies on interventions promoting wellbeing, including mental health awareness & skills training, and meditation. In 2012, I completed a Social Psychology PhD at the University of Surrey, having also completed a Masters programme in Sustainable Development. I originally worked in engineering and started my career working on fluid systems analysis for aerospace and shipbuilding applications.

Nik Ozegovic

Interim Director of Properties and Estates

I joined the Trust in 2018 as Head of Properties and Estates, responsible for managing the team that maintains all the buildings and green spaces in Whiteley Village, with the added complexity of looking after over 260 listed buildings. In 2019, I took on the role of Interim Director of Properties and Estates and am particularly focussed on the maintenance of our historic housing stock at Whiteley, which is so central to our charitable purpose.

I am passionate about housing and qualified as a quantity surveyor early on in my career. Since then I have gained over 30 years’ experience of managing social housing and facilities for a several housing associations. In my last role I was Technical Manager for Hanover Housing, with responsibility for just under 50% of their UK housing stock and prior to that, I managed around 52,000 housing units for Genesis Housing Association.

Kevin Humphrys

Interim Director of Care

I joined Whiteley Homes Trust in 2019 as Interim Director of Care, with overall responsibility for the safe and effective delivery of care and support to residents across Whiteley Village. I have over 10 years’ experience of senior leadership in health and social care and am a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.

I have worked in both the not-for-profit and commercial sectors throughout the UK to support the delivery of respite and domiciliary care in the community and in care and nursing homes for those with dementia. I have also enabled the delivery of supported living services for those with mental health problems & learning disabilities and of rehabilitation services for those with acquired brain injuries.

I have a personal interest in psychology and am a qualified Practitioner of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I was ordained as an Anglican priest in 2000 and remain an active member of the clergy; working as an Assistant Priest in the Diocese of Chichester.

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