February 13, 2018 Finance

Inspired Villages Group announces ambitious recruitment programme

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INSPIRED VILLAGES GROUP HIRES SHAUN WHELAN AND BERNADETTE KOLTAI AS IT LOOKS TO RECRUIT 100 NEW HIRES IN 2018

Inspired Villages Group (“IVG”), an operator and developer of later living accommodation established by Legal & General in August 2017, announces its ambitious recruitment programme for 2018 making it the fastest growing company in the later living housing sector.
Following the acquisition of Renaissance Villages in November 2017, IVG’s property portfolio grew significantly reaching around 1,000 homes. This rapid expansion provided the impetus for a significant recruitment campaign for its management team and in all six villages over the next 12 months.
Kick starting the recruitment campaign were the appointments of Shaun Whelan and Bernadette Koltai who have joined the IVG management team as Commercial Director and Head of Marketing, respectively. Shaun brings over 25 years of commercial experience across a variety of residential, leisure and retail developments. Bernadette brings global marketing expertise from the luxury hotel industry, allowing the business to continue to take a fresh approach to the positioning of later living housing.
IVG has ambitions to increase the number of apartments in its property portfolio to 3,500 bringing its vibrant, service-led later living communities to locations all across the UK. To support this portfolio growth and the forthcoming opening of facilities at existing sites, including; wellness centres, restaurants, libraries and cafes, IVG will be recruiting for a wide breadth of roles to complement the diversity of skills and experience in the current team.
Jamie Bunce, CEO of Inspired Villages Group, comments: “This year’s recruitment campaign will support our national growth ambitions for the Inspired Villages property portfolio. Through the provision of more villages we can continue to make a positive impact on the later living sector. By offering over 65s the opportunity to move into an Inspired Village and creating a community with a wellness focus, we can provide a better quality of life for our residents which, in turn, will lead to a reduction in NHS costs and GP visits.”
Phil Bayliss, Head of Later Living at Legal & General Capital, added: “Legal & General’s investment into this sector is a game changer – working with a best in class management team who have the track record of delivering high quality, positive later living communities, we can use our long term money to bring the necessary scale of supply to what is the most underserved sector of the housing market. Our recruitment drive reflects this ambition. Complementing the existing team’s skills, we are now looking to attract a talented customer and delivery focused staff that can help us to meet the needs of an aspirational generation that are living life to the full and expect the very best facilities and services.”

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