Louise Barnett, Operations Director for Balhousie Care Group, has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Contribution to a Business award at this year’s prestigious Women Ahead Business Awards.
After joining Balhousie, a leading provider of quality residential care for the elderly in Scotland, three years ago as Operational Manager, Louise quickly progressed to Area Manager before taking up the post of Operations Director last June.
Since then Louise has introduced a number of new processes that have helped to offer the right level of support to staff in each of the business’s 25 care homes. These new initiatives have galvanized managers and the wider teams, helped to retain and develop staff and has resulted in a 5% growth in care home occupancy.
Louise began her career as a qualified nurse before joining the care home sector 17 years ago. She said:
“I am delighted to have been shortlisted for a Women Ahead award. I’m very lucky that I love what I do and I’m proud that this accolade has given us an opportunity to recognise the hard work of all the managers and the wider teams at Balhousie Care Group. I’ve seen remarkable changes in the way the teams operate since joining the business, so this recognition is testament to their commitment and hard work.”
Kirstene Feenan, Marketing Manager at Balhousie Care Group, added:
“There has been a company-wide transformation at Balhousie over the past twelve months and it’s largely down to Louise and her leadership of our teams. Our new strategic plan has given staff a clarity and consistency of focus. She fully deserves this recognition and we wish her well in the upcoming awards.”