Harry Kelly has stepped down from his UK-wide role at Barchester Healthcare at the age of 71, after many years in the sector and a long, successful career.
Harry, who worked as Barchester’s Head of Development Planning before moving into an advisory role last year, was instrumental in the growth of the company.
He joined Westminster Healthcare in 1999, which was later acquired by Barchester, and his role at Barchester has included extensions, refurbishment and new builds of care homes from Somerset to Skye.
Calum Macleod, Head of Barchester’s Inverness office and IT Director, said: “Harry’s been at the heart of helping our growth in the Highlands – and beyond that, in successfully completing projects throughout the UK.
“He’s been so important that he’s been allowed to soldier on past retirement date but now, to coincide with 50 years of marriage, he is stepping down and will be greatly missed.”
Harry said: “I started at 15 with WW Allan, architects, in Academy Street and after serving in the Royal Engineers I returned home to work for Lawrie & Partners, the last six years as an Associate, before becoming head of architectural services with local builder Hugh MacRae & Co.
“While with previous employers I designed new build care home projects for Westminster Healthcare 12 years before I actually joined them.
“I’ve had 56 years of full employment doing a job I loved – now I will have more time for golf and for volunteer work with Highland Hospice.”