Cardiff-based Orbis Education appoint new director

Education | Employment & Skills | Wales

Simon Drinkwater, HR Director of Orbis Education and Care

Simon Drinkwater has joined Cardiff-based Orbis Education and Care as its new HR Director.

Drinkwater brings considerable experience from a range of senior HR roles, across healthcare and financial services most recently, and has been brought in to head up a forward thinking people and cultural agenda in support of the organisation’s continuing growth.

Orbis Education and Care run 14 schools, residential homes and facilities for children and adults around Wales which support people with complex needs associated with autism. The company now employs around 520 people.

2017 was a year of considerable growth for Orbis Education and Care – with the opening of three new schools and, coupled with the acquisition of Bangeston Autism Care Services, more than 200 new staff were recruited into the business.

CEO of Orbis Education and Care, Mike Currier, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Simon to the Orbis family. Simon has spent a number of years in healthcare and has a solid understanding of the challenges we face in our day to day roles.

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“The past year has been a massive time of growth for the business and Simon has joined us at a pivotal time of development and evolution.”

On his appointment, Simon Drinkwater said: “It’s great to be back in the care sector at a really exciting time and with such an ambitious organisation and leadership team.

“Orbis is opening new facilities in and around Wales and I am looking forward to  working with my colleagues build upon the great foundations in place, to recruit and retain the best people in Wales to support the children and adults in our care, whilst making Orbis an even better place to work and develop a career.”

Orbis is currently recruiting specialist staff to join its schools and care homes around Wales. Visit Orbis’ website for more information about the group and the vacancies.

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