Belong: Martin Rix

Martin Rix

Specialist dementia care provider Belong has appointed Martin Rix as its new chief executive, to lead the next phase of the operator’s expansion.

Rix has joined 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.

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.

Chair of the board, Nicola Brooks, said: “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.”

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.

“With a number of new villages close to completion, 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 currently operates seven villages and plans to open three new villages in Chester, Birkdale and Wirral Waters over the next three years.

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