Blackwood Homes and Care: Steph Sutherland

Steph Sutherland

Independent living company Blackwood Homes and Care has appointed Steph Sutherland as development and commercial director, replacing former development and commercial director Simon Fitzpatrick, who became chief executive in February.

Sutherland joined Blackwood in 2018 as a development and procurement officer before progressing onto the role of development manager a year later.

Sutherland said: “It’s an exciting role at an exciting time for Blackwood as we strive to improve the services we provide, in both housing and care, to reach new customers.”

“To come in as an officer five years ago and then become a director is a huge achievement for me personally. Blackwood is a great organisation for identifying potential and supporting succession – finding people, who can and want to progress.”

Blackwood chair Julie McDowell said: “I’m really pleased that Steph has joined the executive management team – her fresh ideas, enthusiasm and expertise will be a real asset to Blackwood.”

Fitzpatrick added: “Having worked with Steph for over five years in different roles, I’m delighted to have her on the new executive team at Blackwood. I know Steph is committed to service excellence, taking forward our commercial growth, and, ultimately, helping people live their lives to the full.”

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