HAMPSHIRE care home firm Colten Care has appointed a new human resources director.

Andrew Arkinstall, pictured, has joined the family-owned company from FitzRoy, a national charity for adults with learning disabilities.

His appointment is the second director-level hire in two months for Colten Care, which runs three homes in Lymington, two in Winchester, and one in Brockenhurst and New Milton, following the arrival of Elaine Farrer as director of operations.

Mr Arkinstall, who lives in Southampton and has two teenage sons, said: “The quality of care comes first at Colten Care and that is something I want to support with recruitment, training and reporting.

“I will be meeting as many managers and staff as possible in my early weeks.”

Colten Care chief executive Mark Aitchison said Andrew was joining at a “really exciting time for the business