Specialist dementia care provider, Belong Morris Feinmann, has appointed Martin Rix as its new Chief Executive, to lead the organisation which operates in Didsbury, South Manchester.
Over 100 people are employed at the setting in a range of care, hospitality and admin roles.
Rix joins from Norfolk-based Norse Care, where he was Chief Operating Officer, with responsibility for services in 36 care homes and housing with care schemes. He brings experience of overseeing specialist dementia and nursing settings and managing operations supporting around 1,600 residents and tenants and a similar number of employees.
He also brings extensive experience of development projects and property consultancy, as a Chartered Surveyor and Civil Engineering graduate.
“We are delighted to welcome Martin to Belong’s executive team. His appointment as Chief Executive followed a rigorous recruitment process and we have every confidence that, in Martin, we have found someone with the leadership skills and integrity to take the organisation forward into a new era of growth as we emerge from the pandemic.” – Chair of the Board, Nicola Brooks
His appointment follows the retirement of former Chief Executive, Tracey Stakes, in January 2022. Since then, Belong’s Chief Operating Officer, Stacey McCann, and Chief Finance Officer, Chris Hughes, have jointly covered the post as an interim arrangement.
Speaking about his new brief, Rix said: “Belong villages are a leading light within the sector, making a significant contribution to driving standards and creating opportunities, particularly for people with dementia. It’s a very exciting time to be joining the organisation, and I’m looking forward to working alongside an incredibly dedicated and talented team of people as we continue to innovate into the future.”
Belong is a Gold accredited Investor in People and offers extensive opportunities for career progression. Applicants without prior care experience can also apply and benefit from comprehensive on-the-job training from day one. Earlier this year, the organisation extended remuneration above the Real Living Wage for all its colleagues.