Former army officer Karen Miller has been appointed the first female Broughton House chief executive.
The Salford care home, for ex-servicemen and women, has provided treatment to thousands of soldiers since 1916.
Since then it has become a charity and nursing home for veterans.
Sandhurst-trained Karen Miller was an officer in the Intelligence Corps from 1990 to 1999, and before that, served in the Territorial Army with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
Regarding the recent news, Miller said: “I am delighted to join the Broughton House team at this exciting time in the development of the UK’s first Veteran Care Village.”
“As a former Army officer, with over 20 years as a healthcare executive, I look forward to leading the Broughton House team along our journey to realising the charity’s vision to deliver not only outstanding care, but also a broader more holistic scope of service, care and support for our veterans who have served our nation so well.”
Since her time in the Intelligence Corps, the new Broughton House chief executive has gained extensive operational, strategic and financial management experience in the healthcare sector, most recently as managing director of healthcare investment company United Medical Enterprises Group and its subsidiary, UME Diagnostics.
Currently going through a £13 million transformation, the first stage of the redevelopment to create the UK’s first Veteran Care Village was completed in September, when residents moved into a new three-storey building named the Stoller Wing in honour of northwest businessman and philanthropist Sir Norman Stoller, whose charitable trust has provided substantial financial backing for the scheme.
Commodore Phil Waterhouse, chairman of Broughton House’s board of trustees, said: “I’m delighted that we have had the vision and foresight to recruit someone of Karen’s calibre to join us during our exciting journey to deliver the UK’s first Veteran Care Village.
“Her military background allied to her health sector experience and change management leadership skills make for a powerful combination at a time when those attributes will be most required.
“We are very fortunate to have her and I look forward to working with her to deliver our vision.”
Outside of work, Karen is an emergency relief volunteer for the Red Cross in Gwynedd and a volunteer at the Glaslyn Wildlife Centre in north Wales
Broughton House is seeking to raise a further £1.4m to complete this stage of the scheme, through initiatives including a Buy-a-Brick appeal.
Broughton House have also launched a community-based November fundraising moustache growing challenge.