Sanctuary Group has announced David Bennett’s decision to
retire as Group Chief Executive at the end of the year, having joined the
organisation in 1986 and having led it since 1991.
Following a comprehensive recruitment exercise, the Board
has appointed Craig Moule, Sanctuary’s Chief Financial Officer, as Group Chief
Executive with effect from 1 January 2019.
Jonathan Lander, Group Chair, said: “Thanks to David’s
astute and visionary leadership Sanctuary is one of the UK’s principal housing
and care providers, having grown from one with a turnover of £22 million and
employing 628 people in 1991, to one which now has a turnover of £728 million
and employs more than 13,000.
“Throughout his time at Sanctuary, David has worked
tirelessly to make a difference to the lives of our customers and employees,
and this was recognised with his award of a CBE in 2015 for services to social
“David leaves an excellent legacy for Craig to build on. On
behalf of the Board I would like to sincerely thank David for his dedicated
service and commitment to Sanctuary.
“I am delighted that Craig has agreed to become our new Group
Chief Executive. Craig has worked at Sanctuary since 1989 and has contributed
greatly to the organisation’s accomplishments since that time.”
David Bennett said: “It’s been a privilege to have been part
of an organisation that has achieved so much for people in need of support.
I’ve been fortunate to work with an exceptionally talented and dedicated group
of people committed to Sanctuary’s vision and values.
“I am sure that through Craig’s leadership, Sanctuary will
continue to be a dynamic organisation delivering ambitious goals.”
Craig Moule joined Sanctuary in 1989 and has been Finance
Director since 2000, CFO from 2013, and was first co-opted onto Sanctuary’s
Board in 2003.
On his new appointment, Craig Moule commented: “I am proud
to be Sanctuary’s next Group Chief Executive, and look forward to working with
the Board and senior team to ensure the continued success of the organisation.
“I would also like to thank David as without him Sanctuary
would not be in the strong position it is now, with the financial stability to
deliver our charitable objectives of providing housing and care to those who
need it most.”
Pictured: Group Chief Executive David Bennett, Group Chair
Jonathan Lander and Chief Financial Officer Craig Moule