After eight years as NorseCare Managing Director and over 30 years’ service in social care, Karen Knight is to step down on 31st January 2020.

Ms Knight started her career as a cleaner in one Norfolk County Council’s residential homes more than 30 years ago.  After shining in a number of senior management roles with the Child and Community Services, Karen was the obvious choice to run newly-formed NorseCare Ltd which took over the council’s responsibility for residential and housing with care schemes in August 2011.

During her leadership NorseCare has become the largest care provider in East Anglia.  NorseCare’s ambitious new build programme culminated with £30 million plus developments of new housing with care and dementia care schemes across Norfolk including the impressive Bowthorpe Care Village project on the outskirts of Norwich and Lydia Eva Court in Gorleston.  More recently she led the redevelopment of the stunning Mountfield care home, providing specialist dementia care, which opened on 6th January 2020.

Having achieved CQC ratings of ‘Good’, with five ‘Outstanding’ ratings across all 36 homes and housing with care schemes, putting NorseCare as one of the top rated quality care home providers in the UK, Karen has decided that this is the right time to pursue wider interests and opportunities.

She has also been an Executive Director on the Norse Group Board, and will remain with the Norse Group as an independent Non-Executive Director.

Karen stated: “It has been a real privilege for me to lead a company where everyone’s role has made such a comprehensive contribution to the company’s main success – which has been to improve the quality of support for thousands of people living with us as part of the NorseCare family.

It has been an extremely rewarding position to be able to work as part of such a high performing service and to be able to influence and make significant changes to improve all aspects of the company.  Like the majority of care home providers, NorseCare has faced challenges but working with strong, dedicated teams and amazing colleagues over the past 8 years has been an incredibly fulfilling experience.

I look forward to my new role on the Norse Group Board and to supporting the Norse Group and other NorseCare developments as we go from strength to strength.”

Martin Rix, NorseCare’s Chief Operating Officer, a very experienced and long standing member of the NorseCare Executive team, will take on further responsibilities.