Leon Smith celebrates 35 years at Nightingale


Posted on March 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Nightingale chief executive Leon Smith has celebrated his 35th year working at the South London care home – making him one of the longest serving professionals in the community.

Mr Smith joined the staff at the Clapham care home in 1973 as a member of the junior management team at a time when Nightingale was a very different place to the home he runs today. Unlike the ensuite private rooms of today, virtually all of the residents were living in multi-bed rooms or large open dormitories. Leon was involved in the transformation of the home to the very special facility that it now.

Leon worked his way up through the management team and was appointed chief executive in 1998 when his predecessor, with whom he had worked for many years, retired As one of the longest serving chief executives in the Jewish community voluntary sector, Leon has responsibility for Nightingale’s £13m annual budget alongside the care of its 250 residents and 370 staff. Nightingale is the largest care home of its





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