Our Development

Major Richard Carr Gomm OBE (1922-2008) was the founder of a charitable society based in England. His grandfather, Francis Carr-Gomm, was chairman of the London Hospital, and as such made his mark by befriending John Merrick, known as the ‘Elephant Man’ who was given a home in the hospital.

Richard Carr Gomm gave up a career in the Army to found a series of societies providing care and accommodation for vulnerable people, of which the largest and best known is the Abbeyfield Society. He set up the charitable Society (who have since merged with The Sanctuary Group) based in England in 1965. In 1997 the Chris Taylor was appointed as a National Development Worker for Scotland. 

In September 2002 Carr Gomm Scotland was registered as a totally separate charity in Scotland and Chris was appointed Chief Executive. In those years we have grown from one member of staff working from one room to having over 800 workers with services and offices all across Scotland supporting more than 1,600 people.

Lucy Wren became our Chief Executive in April 2010 having previously been our Deputy Chief Executive and in October 2011 after a period of consultation we undertook and rebrand and are now known as Carr Gomm.