A Midland firm welcomes new CEO

Mick Laverty

Mick Laverty

A Midland firm which is setting the agenda when it comes to providing purpose-built retirement villages has appointed a new CEO to spearhead its next phase of development.

The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, which has its headquarters in Coventry, has recruited Mick Laverty to lead an ambitious £314 million development programme between now and 2019.

It will see the construction of 1,534 mixed-tenure apartments within six villages in Coventry, Birmingham, High Wycombe, Stoke Gifford, Bedford and Solihull.

Mr Laverty, a chartered accountant, was formerly chief executive of the Student Loans Company, a government-funded organisation that distributes £15 billion each year and has seven million customers.

Prior to that he served as chief executive of Advantage West Midlands, the regional development agency which was wound-up under the last government.

Mr Laverty has held a number of non-executive director roles in the public, private and charity sectors and is currently non-executive director of Birmingham’s Hippodrome Theatre.

He said: “I’m impressed by ExtraCare’s clear vision to create better lives for older people, providing inspirational homes, award-winning care services and encouraging an active lifestyle.

“I am delighted to join the charity as it drives forward an exciting development programme that will meet the aspirations of many more older people seeking to enjoy later life in one of its villages.”

Born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, Mr Laverty is married with four children and has lived in the Midlands for most of his life. He enjoys running, music, reading and gardening.

Founded in 1988, ExtraCare is a registered charity which operates 3,848 homes within 14 retirement villages and 17 smaller housing developments across the Midlands and the North.