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Apr 14th, 2014 - Appointment of Chief Executive Officer of The Huntercombe Group

The Huntercombe Group, one of the UK's leading specialist healthcare providers, has appointed Valerie Michie as Chief Executive Officer. She is currently Managing Director of Serco Health.

She has successfully achieved a turnaround in business performance and plotted significant growth for Serco in the UK, Middle East and Australia, by following her underlying belief in improving quality and enhancing the patient experience.

The Huntercombe Group is the specialist care business of Four Seasons Health Care, the UK's largest independent elderly and specialist care provider, which is owned by Terra Firma, a leading private equity firm. Huntercombe has 60 hospitals and specialist units providing care, treatment and rehabilitation services in areas of mental health and brain injury.

Valerie Michie has previously held senior management positions at Serco Integrated Services, Alfred McAlpine Business Services and KPMG consulting. She is a board member of HealthcareUK and the chair of the CBI health committee. She is expected to take up her appointment with The Huntercombe Group in the summer.

Valerie Michie said: "There is nothing more important to me than improving the lives of the people that we serve and supporting our staff to give of their best. I am excited to be joining the Huntercombe Group team and look forward to contributing to its ongoing success story. Huntercombe's reputation is founded on clinical excellence and innovation and I will continue to hold those attributes dear."

Ian Smith, Chairman and interim Group CEO of Four Seasons Health Care, said: "Valerie has a successful track record in the health sector and in leading businesses providing critical services that people rely on. Over the past several years Huntercombe has trebled in size and has achieved a well-deserved reputation as one of the UK's leading specialist healthcare providers. Valerie will bring valuable expertise to our Group and I look forward to working with her."

Guy Hands, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Terra Firma, said: "We are delighted to welcome Valerie as the CEO of The Huntercombe Group. Her expertise will be invaluable in building the business through clinical excellence and innovation to deliver the best outcomes for patients and value for the commissioners of healthcare services."

Further information
Four Seasons: Robert Mitchell, Tel 07976 51483; email: RMitchell@MWW.com
Terra Firma: Ryan O’Keeffe, Tel 07887 834 651; email Ryan.OKeeffe@RLMFinsbury.com.

Date published: 15 September 2017

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