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New CEO takes the reins at Elizabeth Finn Homes

Elizabeth Finn Homes, part of the anti-poverty charity Turn2us, has appointed Dr Olivia Curno as its Chief Executive, who will take up the position in the Spring.

Olivia Curno will join as the Chief Executive of Elizabeth Finn Homes at the end of March 2023. Having been a Board Trustee of Turn2us for six years, before stepping down to apply for this role, Dr Curno is ambitious for the future of Elizabeth Finn Homes and of its residents.

She has a long history of involvement in the charity sector, currently as the Chief Executive of sight loss charity, Vision Foundation, which prevents avoidable sight loss and fights for the inclusion and empowerment of blind and partially sighted people. Prior to this Dr Curno headed up fundraising and communications at children’s mental health charity Place2Be and autism research charity Autistica. 

“Elizabeth Finn Homes is an exceptional organisation,” says Dr Curno. “It’s a leader in quality care, with 100% of its homes rated outstanding or good by the CQC and stunning reviews from residents and families. It’s an award-winning employer, offering unrivalled career opportunities. It has unique heritage properties in beautiful grounds across England, and to top it all, everything it does is driven by a bigger social purpose.

It invests first in homes and staff to ensure a best-in-class experience for residents and families, but any funds that we can spare go to support those facing poverty across the UK through the work of Turn2us. I am honoured and excited to be joining such an impressive and purpose-led organisation.

Dr Curno is passionate about addressing the issue of financial insecurity in the UK and bringing the work of Turn2us and Elizabeth Finn Homes closer together. Before joining the charity sector, she was a researcher and lecturer in evolutionary biology and remains a Board Trustee of Helen Bamber Foundation.

Thomas Lawson Executive Chair for Elizabeth Finn Homes and Chief Executive of Turn2us comments:

I would like to thank Jonathan Crisp for his excellent work and stewardship as interim Chief Executive, during which time we have seen occupancy grow.  It is great to welcome Olivia who will do an amazing job in leading Elizabeth Finn Homes forward into its next chapter.  Her knowledge and experience will be invaluable and add renewed focus to delivering excellent service to our residents so they can live their lives to the full.

Elizabeth Finn Homes operates nine care homes across England and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the charity Turn2us.  Founded by Elizabeth Finn, a pioneering philanthropist, who set up the Distressed Gentlefolks’ Aid Association in 1897, originally based in her London home.

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