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Jan 31st, 2014 - Four Seasons Health Care appoints CEO of its dementia and nursing care business

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, has appointed Tim Hammond as Chief Executive Officer of its dementia and nursing care business. This business comprises a network of over 370 care homes across the UK.

Tim Hammond is currently Chief Executive of Elior UK, the contract caterer,which operates over 600 restaurants. Previously he was Managing Director of Barchester Healthcare. His career has also included senior management positions at Unilever, the consumer goods manufacturer; McKinsey & Co, management consultants and Whitbread, the hospitality group, where he was Managing Director of TGI Friday's. He is a Trustee of Age UK and a member of The Malnutrition Task Force, a group of experts to address the problem of preventable malnutrition in older people.

He is expected to take up his new position with Four Seasons during the second quarter of the year.

Tim Hammond said: "I am excited at the prospect of returning to the care sector as a part of the successful Four Seasons' team and playing my part in the company's continuing development. I am also greatly looking forward to playing my part in helping older people to get the high standard of care and support they need and deserve."

Ian Smith, Chairman and interim Group CEO of Four Seasons Health Care, said: "Tim has a wealth of relevant expertise that will be of real benefit to our business, having an excellent track record in healthcare and the service and hospitality sector and in businesses that all share a reputation for providing outstanding customer experiences. I am very pleased to welcome him to our Senior Management Team and look forward to working with him."

Guy Hands, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Terra Firma, said: "We are delighted to welcome Tim as the CEO of Four Seasons' largest business. As a dedicated CEO for the dementia and nursing care business, Tim's experience will be invaluable as we build upon Four Seasons' number one position in the sector. Under Tim and Ian we are confident that Four Seasons will continue to lead the industry in the provision of high-quality elderly and dementia care."

Tim Hammond has delivered a successful growth strategy at Elior UK over the past three years, driven by quality service. It was the first contract caterer to introduce a national daily satisfaction measurement, with scores rising from 77% to 88% and client retention rates rising to circa 95%. This was underpinned by well trained and motivated staff, with Elior being recognised as one of the "Sunday Times Top 25 Best Big Companies To Work For" along with awards for its employee development from Training Journal and Personnel Today. Tim Hammond will be succeeded as Chief Executive of Elior by Catherine Roe, who is a member of the company's successful Leadership Team.

Four Seasonsrecently completed an organisational restructuring to focus on three distinct businesses in strategic areas:

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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