Welcome Alex, and congratulations Sharifa – our new Managing Director and Chief Executive!

We are excited to announce the newest member of the Holmes Care family, with the appointment of Alex Wilson as the Managing Director.

Alex brings with him a wealth of experience in social care, having served as an Executive Director for Scotland’s social care trade body, Scottish Care, Managing Director for care provider Four Seasons and Divisional Director for Barchester Healthcare for 13 years.

Alex’s new role will see him support our continued growth as we seek to open more care homes across Scotland. He will also lead the business as we transition into the next phase of the coronavirus pandemic – ensuring we continue to help our residents live fulfilling lives in a safe and caring environment.

Commenting on his appointment, Alex Wilson said, 

I’m thrilled to be joining the Holmes Care family at what is set to be a particularly exciting time.
Holmes Care’s strong values as a family‐run care provider was what attracted me to the organisation, and I’m very much looking forward to working with our local teams to support them to provide the very best care and support to all our residents.”

With Alex joining us, we’re also incredibly proud to announce that our current Managing Director, Sharifa Lakhani, has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer of the Holmes Care Group. Sharifa will continue to oversee the strategic planning for the whole Group, with a focus on quality as well as continued growth.

Sharifa’s appointment is especially poignant as it not only makes her one of the UK’s only female Chief Executives working in Social Care, but also ensures that Holmes Care continues to be a truly family‐run care provider. In fact, it was Sharifa’s parents, Shiraz and Indu who originally founded Holmes Care Group in 1982. At the age of 34, Sharifa has steered the Group grow to the eleven care homes we have today – employing over 1200 colleagues, and supporting over 650 people across Scotland and England.

Commenting on her new role, Sharifa said:

I am incredibly excited to begin my new role as Chief Executive, and to work alongside Alex to see the Group continue to grow so we can support more residents across the UK, employ more fabulous colleagues and bring our family‐run, compassionate, care to new communities.”.

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