Introducing Richard Wootton, newly appointed to the Merios Board

Merios, the pioneering care home group, today announced the appointment of Richard Wootton to its Executive Board. Richard and his family, who own a medium to large group of care homes in Sussex and Kent, run businesses which are exemplars of care and quality. Testament to his commitment to raising standards, not just income. “There’s never been a more important time to get the care home offering right,” says Merios founder Feisal Nahaboo. “With an ageing population with increasingly diverse care needs, Merios is rising to the challenge.

We are delighted to have Richard help us drive our initial efforts. He and his family have an impressive track record of running highly respected care homes, which go above and beyond many of his industry peers. He’s got his eye on the ball when it comes to innovations and the latest technology to help increase efficiencies, and the level of safety and care for all. He’s highly motivated and a real believer in the Merios cause. I’m fully confident that with Richard on the management team, we will reach – and even exceed – our ambitions. We welcome him with open arms.”

‘A defining moment for the care home industry’

Richard boasts great success across a number of businesses, bringing a valuable range of expertise to the board. He was introduced to Feisal by Bob Stebbings, one of the key players in the creation of the first Overnight Multiple Merger Model (OMMM), the 122-firm accountancy merger Xeinadin. Bob was the first director of the Xeinadin Group and oversaw its stellar success. He became a passionate advocate of translating the model into the care home sector, and was quick to recommend Richard as an early entrant. Richard was straightaway struck by the uniqueness of the vision.

Says Richard, “I felt that the creation of Merios will be a defining moment in our industry. With our size, and collective experience and expertise, we can really address the question: ‘what is care about?’ For the first time, the whole industry will hear the united voice of many, highly reputable care home operators. We will have a say in the direction of the sector, and ensure we operate with a future focus, delivering the very best care day after day.”

‘A once in a lifetime opportunity’

With 20 years experience of running care homes, Richard is highly invested in ensuring Merios achieves its aim of offering a ‘new standard of care.’ “Care homes are where my passion lies,” Richard explains. “We got into the business to look after people, and it’s wonderful how much you can enhance people’s lives and better their daily experience. I’ve always focused on improving the environment within our homes, increasing room size and adding ensuites and other facilities. It’s not just about expanding to offer more beds. Now, as a member of the management team of this inspiring company, I’m committed to taking this to the next level.”

He continues, “I’m committed to help secure the highest calibre of entrants, who share our dreams for development and innovation. I’m passionate about fully exploiting technology to liberate us to spend more time caring for residents; and exhaustively exploring how we can run more efficiently as a large group with considerable buying power. Reinvesting our profits to service more developments and improvements.

It’s all about offering a very high quality way of life to residents. There’s monetary reward, but also the reward of seeing so many contented faces.” Richard smiles, “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Feisal is a unique individual with a drive and energy unlike anything I’ve ever seen. As Merios improves the lives of many of our elderly, we will have him to thank.”