At the end of November we wished a fond farewell to John Jeremy, who retired after sitting as the non-executive Director on the Board for the past 20 years.
John joined Retirement Villages back in 1994 as the Cedars Village construction project was about to begin – the second village in the Retirement Villages portfolio behind Elmbridge Village.
Since then, John has watched as the business has grown from those two initial sites to the fourteen well-established villages that exist today.
Reminiscing about the early days, John remembers well how the historic Cedars House was brought back to life from a run down ‘ghost’ to the vibrant centre of village life – which it still remains today.
John is a keen grower of rare snowdrops with an expanding collection and says he has picked the perfect time of year to leave us. The first bloom for this season made its appearance for the week of John’s retirement, as if to celebrate the next chapter of his life beginning.
To celebrate his time with us, the Board hosted a dinner in John’s honour and Nigel Welby, Executive Chairman of Retirement Villages, presented him with a watercolour painting by a leading botanic artist. The painting was a collage of different snowdrops, both familiar and unknown, to whet John’s appetite for further acquisitions in the future!
At the dinner, Nigel Welby paid tribute to John, saying: “On behalf of everyone at Retirement Villages we would like to thank John for his extensive contribution over the years, where his judgement and independence have commanded the respect of us all.
We shall miss John’s company; experience and support around the board table and wish him and his wife well through the years ahead.”
As John closes the door on his time at Retirement Villages, the business looks forward to further growth into 2015 and beyond.