Scott Beat, husband and father of three from Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, has joined our board of trustees. Currently working as a Regulation Manager of Barchester Healthcare, Scott became a trustee on the board of the registered charity this February after he was shortlisted and voted in by the other members of the board. Scott impressed the group with his lengthy career in the care sector as a former nurse, undertaking both senior clinical and managerial roles, as well as his training as a solicitor for the Supreme Court. Scott’s career also included being an inspector with the Care Quality Commission. 

Scott takes over from Michael Butler who was a trustee for three years and contributed greatly to the board. 

Pete Calveley, CEO of Barchester Healthcare and Chairman of the charity said “We’re very pleased to have Scott join us on the board, his experience, along with his passion for helping people will I’m sure, bring great insight to the charity and we’re looking forward to working with him on his exciting ideas.” 

Scott said, “I am very honoured to join the board for Barchester’s Charitable Foundation. The charity does fantastic work for people and communities all over the UK, and really make a difference to those who can become disconnected with their neighbours. I am looking forward to putting my passion for care into action, and making a difference to those in need.” 

Across 2018, Barchester’s Charitable Foundation awarded £150,000 in grants to 96 small community groups/local charities and 76 individuals helping reduce isolation and loneliness, promote group activities and improve people’s mobility, independence and quality of life. 

Many of the caring Barchester staff members across all levels of the business do all that they can help to fundraise thousands of pounds for Barchester’s Charitable Foundation through both grouped and individual challenges. In 2018, 100 Barchester homes were involved in supporting the charity in various ways, including a textile recycling scheme at the homes, running the London 10k and the Great North Run, as well as individual fundraising efforts including one staff member skydiving, and another participating in Barcelona’s Ironman. 

Pete Calveley went on to say “Barchester’s Charitable Foundation is a great cause that helps many people in need, particularly lonely older people, which is a cause very close to the hearts of all our staff and residents at Barchester Healthcare. I am really proud of the efforts the staff at our homes for going above and beyond their duty of care. The charity has supported so many great causes in 2018, and with Scott now joining us on the board I’m sure 2019 will be just as successful.”