New director keen to show planning is ‘anything but dull’

News posted

21st June 2018

Retirement Villages Group (RV) has appointed Guy Flintoft as Planning Director.

 Guy, who started his planning career with Medway Council in Kent, is no stranger to RV having worked with a number of the villages in a previous role.

“At the time, I worked as a planning consultant for 10 years with Barton Willmore. My first client was a retirement village developer who subsequently sold a portfolio of villages to the company that became Retirement Villages Group. During that time I worked on Charters Village, Blagdon Village, Mayford Grange and the expansion of Elmbridge and Lime Tree villages.”

Following a four-year stint at PegasusLife as Planning Director, Guy says he was inspired by Chief Executive Andrew Ovey’s vision for the group:

“I had met Andrew while cycling from London to Cannes for charity in 2017. I was inspired by the vision for the future of the company as it expands and adapts for the future. Meeting other members of the team sealed the deal for me – I knew I wanted to work for Retirement Villages Group.”

Guy, who is 41 and lives with his wife and three children in Maidstone, Kent, explains that planning is always a challenge, but never dull, especially with the various challenges facing the property market and health and social care. Guy has a particular passion for changing people’s mind-sets when it comes to downsizing, or “rightsizing” as he puts it.

“I’d like to help make downsizing (or rightsizing) in retirement a normal and positive thing. It does not need to be something people see negatively or a decision they delay, but something that enhances later life and allows people to live well in older age.

“That means the right developments in the right places with an appropriate tone and experience in the services offered, but also positive advocacy of the lifestyle and wellbeing retirement housing and housing with care can bring.”

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