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CLS appoints new Managing Director
Wednesday 30th September, 2009

CLS appoints new Managing Director
Robert Black

Charitable organisation, CLS Care Services has announced the appointment of Robert Black as its new Managing Director. Bringing over 30 years of experience to the role, Robert will head up the 29 CLS residential care homes, nine of which are in the Wigan and Leigh area, with the remaining homes located throughout Cheshire.

As Managing Director, Robert will be responsible for reviewing and ensuring that all services provided by CLS care homes continue to reflect the changing needs of older people. He will also support the professional development of staff to ensure that they are fully skilled to provide the highest standards of care.

Nick Dykes, Chief Executive of CLS Care Group, comments: ďWe are very pleased to welcome Robert to CLS. His appointment follows the recent expansion of our organisation into the retirement village sector, in which I am now taking more of hands-on role. Iím confident that Iím leaving the management of our 29 residential care homes in very capable hands and Iím sure that Robertís extensive experience will prove a valuable asset to CLS.Ē

Commenting on the appeal of CLS, Robert says: ďAs soon as I walked through the doors of each CLS home, the first thing I noticed was their warm, welcoming and friendly atmospheres. Staff were cheerful and very committed to their roles, and it was clear from talking to residents that they felt happy, supported and well cared for. I am committed to ensuring that this first-rate level of care and support continues in the future, and that CLS care homes continue to be places where older people can feel at home and enjoy an excellent quality of life.Ē

Robert brings a wealth of experience to the role, having previously headed up a range of services for a Cheshire-based, not-for-profit service provider, Care in the Community. Robert was responsible for leading, managing, monitoring and developing a diverse range of services for older people, including residential, nursing, specialist dementia, intermediate, continuing and palliative care, as well as domiciliary support in the community. Working at executive level for 15 years, Robert was also involved in the development of community support and care services for people affected by learning disabilities, mental illness and addictions.

Prior to this, Robert initially trained and worked as a psychiatric and general nurse. As such, Robert holds a number of care and care management qualifications, as well as a Masters Degree in Business Administration, which he achieved in 2004.

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