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Orbis has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of its first ever Chief Operating Officer, alongside a new HR Director.

Rob McKay and Linda Bridge join us as COO and HR Director respectively in a continuing period of rapid growth for the company.

Rob brings considerable experience from a range of senior care-based and educational roles to Orbis Education and Care, and holds the task of consolidating operations across a rapidly expanding portfolio of sites now held by the company in both England and Wales.

Linda will meanwhile draw on more than a decade of experience working across high-end legal and retail organisations to further promote the development of a culture where everyone is supported to fulfil their true potential, as the Orbis headcount also continues to grow.

CEO of Orbis Education and Care, Mike Currier, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Rob and Linda at what is an extremely exciting time for our company. The addition of Rob’s role as incoming Chief Operating Officer will provide key organisational support, while Linda’s acumen for all things HR will support the buy-in required to achieve these aims.”

“Each position has a pivotal role to play in the ongoing success of our organisation and we couldn’t be more delighted to have both roles filled by individuals not only with the professional expertise we need to succeed, but also with the passion and empathy required of all those working within the Orbis family as a whole.”

Orbis has been celebrating World Autism Awareness Week the Welsh way with a visit from Valleys artist Nathan Wyburn – and a special appearance from Tom-ato Jones.

Learners created a portrait of the legendary Welsh singer out of tomato sauce during a one-off creative session with the celebrated portrait artist at our Cardiff headquarters.

Students from Ty Coryton, Ty Bronllys, Summergil House and Dan y Coed joined forces during a special visit arranged by the Occupational Therapy team.

Nathan is a Fine Art graduate specialising in creating iconic celebrity portraits and ‘pop culture’ imagery with non-traditional mediums including Marmite, sugar, chocolate, baked beans and more.

The Ebbw Vale artist rose to prominence on Britain’s Got Talent with his toast-based portrait of judge Michael McIntyre, and has since won praise from Good Morning America, Blue Peter, The Guardian and more.

Lucy Pottinger, Director of Education at Orbis, said: “As well as meeting Nathan, our learners enjoyed a structured and fun learning activity, practiced their working together skills and were able to put into practice the things they had learned.

“At the heart of this activity also lies the point that art is one of the things in life which really is accessible for all – which is in turn an important part of World Autism Awareness Week.”

“We are hugely grateful to Nathan for taking time out of his busy schedule to spend time with our learners and support them in exploring their creative side, whilst having great fun at the same time.”

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