Looking to the future with two Board appointments
Updated: Sep 3
We have made two appointments key to our drive to lead the way in developing the care and later living solutions of the future.
Kate Still (pictured left) takes up the new position of Chief Operating Officer, focusing on the business’s performance and organisational development, responsible for all non-financial aspects, including people; customer satisfaction; communications; supply chain management; and health, safety and environmental management.
She joins us from Citizen Housing where she was COO with responsibility for 850 staff, 30,000 properties and revenue of more than £150M. She has worked with some of the UK’s largest social housing companies, was previously National Housing Director at Sanctuary Group, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.
With a background spanning finance, housing maintenance, social enterprise, local government and management consultancy, Kate has over 20 years’ experience as a business strategist and operations leader with a focus on innovation, continuous improvement and transformational change.
“I want to work with a business that delivers high levels of both financial and social value, so I was drawn to Castleoak because of its values and its heritage of creating a high quality, purpose-driven product that addresses a really important need,” she said.
“I am also passionate about really understanding customers and markets, where they are heading and leading them through innovation. So I feel my experience in that will give me real insight into how we develop our offer, and am delighted to take up a position that is so key to realising Castleoak’s ambition to lead its market.”
Lisa Gledhill (pictured right) joins as MD, Developments with responsibility both for Castleoak’s development business and joint ventures.
She has over 25 years’ experience as a development and construction leader and a background spanning real estate, infrastructure and property development, investment, construction and consultancy. Lisa started her career with Arup, spending her first 10 years in technical, digital and project management roles. After gaining financial qualifications, she moved to Laing O’Rourke and then to Lendlease, working in investment, construction and development roles, latterly leading major mixed-use redevelopment schemes in London and Singapore.
She is the Non-Executive Director and Chair at EdCity Development Limited, a not-for-profit development which aims to create an education and charity hub in White City, London. Lisa is also a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
“With a momentum that was building ahead of and that has been accelerated by the pandemic, I believe we now have an unprecedented opportunity to make step changes in this sector, centred around excellent customer experience, addressing flexibility around tenure and affordability,” she said.
“So this is a great time to be joining Castleoak, with its fantastic track record and ambitions to combine that with the best ideas and innovations, from within the sector and beyond, to lead this vibrant market.”
Executive Chair, Paul Foster, said that these appointments were key to Castleoak realising its ambition of leading the future of care and later living solutions.
“Castleoak is well recognised and respected as a specialist care and later living developer,” he said.
“Working with our customers to focus on the future has been key to our enduring success, and the market has never been as vital as it is now. While operators have always focused on the importance of living fully enriched lives with the care, support and homes we want, the real, societal opportunity lies in aligning that with consumers, investors and policy-makers. We want to grasp that nettle and drive the future solutions that work for all of those groups.
“Kate and Lisa join our Board in these key roles with a wealth and range of commercial, housing, financial and strong leadership experience that will bring strategic strength-in-depth that will help Castleoak realise that ambition.”