Andrew Crooks has been appointed as the new chief executive of Hibiscus Retirement Villages, taking over from John Webster who has stepped down after 23 years in charge.
Andrew (53) said he had ‘pretty big shoes to fill’, as John had left behind a ‘fantastic legacy’ that we can all be proud of.
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Although keen to blaze new trails of his own, Andrew also believed his role was to not only maintain, but also to build on what John and his team had achieved.
Mr Crooks is an accountant by profession, and worked for the De Beers Group for 15 years (at mines in Namaqualand and the Free State and corporate headquarters in Johannesburg) before being appointed Associate Director at Deloitte Consulting, where he consulted to many large clients on strategy, innovation and operations. After seven interesting years of management consulting, he joined the Aveng Group as business process executive at Aveng Grinaker-LTA.
When the chief executive position at Hibiscus Retirement Villages opened up, Andrew leapt at the opportunity.
“I was really excited by the scope of the role: dealing with people, human resources, finance, maintenance projects and community issues, and of course not forgetting the added bonus of moving to the sunny South Coast!” he said.
“We mustn’t underestimate the work John and his team have done over the 23 years he has been in charge. The amenities and range of services offered in our villages are unbeatable,” said Andrew.
“They have created an exceptional working environment and I will work hard to maintain what has been built, but will also introduce new ideas,” he said. “I plan to continue to make the lives of current and future residents as pleasant as possible, and at the same time meet changing needs and keep abreast with evolving technologies and services.”
While settling into his post, Andrew said he plans on making full use of John’s vast and valuable store of experience to make sure the transition is a smooth one.
Andrew has three children, and is a proud grandfather of one.
In his spare time, he would like to brush up on his golf and tennis, as well as doing more cycling, hiking, swimming and spending time at the beach. He also enjoys reading, with biographies being a particular favourite.
One aspect of his new job that holds special appeal? Not spending hours in Johannesburg traffic!
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