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Cornerstone Healthcare Group Announces new CEO: Paul Hayes takes up the role of Chief Executive Officer

Cornerstone Healthcare Group, a leading provider of specialist and complex care in the UK, is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Hayes as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Paul has a proven track record built over 3 decades in the healthcare industry, making him the ideal candidate to lead Cornerstone into a new era of innovation and growth.

Paul started working as care assistant in a care home for people with dementia aged 16. He fell in love with it from the first moment and has spent the subsequent 30 years working across both the public and independent sector.

During his career Paul has worked senior leadership positions for some of the largest providers in the UK including Voyage, Barchester, Swanton Care, Four Seasons and CareTech working in both operational and commercial roles. Most recently Paul was the CEO of a community complex care provider. Paul has been a Non-Executive Director of Care England and Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Working Group for Adult Social Care. Paul has an MBA and is a graduate from Harvard University having completed the Global Healthcare Programme in Boston, US.

His vision, expertise, and dedication to excellence make him the perfect choice to succeed Johann van Zyl, whose leadership has laid the foundations for Cornerstone’s continued success.

“Speaking about his appointment Paul said “I am delighted to be joining Cornerstone to work alongside our dedicated and experienced colleagues across the organisation who make Cornerstone what it is. I look forward to supporting the organisation as it moves into the next part of its journey whilst continuing to focus on delivering the very best care and support for our residents, families and commissioners who we are proud to serve.”

Forbes Stuart, Partner at Ignite Growth LLP, the private equity house behind Cornerstone, said, “We are delighted to welcome Paul as CEO of Cornerstone. His energy, enthusiasm and experience will resonate with our colleagues across the business and our commissioning partners. We have no doubt that Cornerstone will thrive under Paul’s management.”

Under Paul Hayes’ leadership, Cornerstone Healthcare Group is set to open two new services this year. First, 74-bed Cale View in Wincanton, Somerset this Spring followed by The Burren, the group’s new 80-bed, BREEAM Excellent standard, development in Bristol later in the year.