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The Social Care Top 30 .. what the finalists say

Social care needs strong innovative leadership more than ever at this time.  The Social Care Top 30 will give the opportunity to showcase and recognise real leadership and excellence in the sector.

The stellar line up of finalists represent influential movers and shakers in the social care sector, with
a national platform, CEOs and other sector leaders, including:

■ People who have the vision to improve developments and outcomes in the sector
■ People who have made a significant difference in our sector
■ Someone who is a strong leader in their field to improve services
■ Key influencers and decision makers in the sector

The winners of The Social Care Top 30 will be announced at a Gala Awards evening at The Hilton Bankside, London 27 October 2021.

What some of the finalists say:

Mark Adams, CEO, Community Integrated Care

“To be named amongst some of our sector’s top leaders is a true honour and a clear recognition of the incredible work of our teams, who have worked tirelessly to navigate the everchanging landscape of the pandemic. I’m proud of the dedication I have seen across Community Integrated Care and each individual’s commitment to providing the best care possible to the people we support.

In what has been a very challenging year for our charity, and our sector as a whole, the need to reform social care has never been more important. Our charity will continue to be a leading voice in social care working closely with our partners across the sector to lobby for much needed change.”

 Jane Ashcroft CBE, CEO, Anchor Hanover

“Care Talk’s inaugural Social Care Leadership Awards are hugely welcome. The social care sector has stepped up to the mark during the Covid-19 pandemic. Strong, compassionate and innovative leadership has been vital in meeting challenges the like of which haven’t been seen in living memory.

At Anchor Hanover, we’ve seen first-hand the value of that leadership along with the tremendous commitment of colleagues in safeguarding and supporting residents’ wellbeing. Through the Social Care Leadership Awards, Care Talk is shining a spotlight on the vital work happening across the sector.” 

Dr Pete Calveley, CEO, Barchester Healthcare

“I am humbled to be included in The Social Care Top 30, I find myself in very good company indeed.  It has been an incredibly difficult 18 months for our sector and everyone who has come through these challenging times deserves an award in my opinion.”

Maxine Espley, Executive Director Care & Support, GreenSquareAccord

 “I’m delighted to have been recognised in the list of Top 30 leaders in Social Care. The past 18 months have been difficult for the whole sector but I am so immensely proud of the amazing people in social care. This is especially true of our frontline colleagues who, despite the challenges, continue to make such a huge difference every day.”

Alex Fox, CEO, Shared Lives

The biggest lesson I’ve learned about building the profile of social care is to share my platform with my colleagues who have lived experience of using services. I’m thrilled that this approach is starting to see our members’ ground-breaking work getting the attention it deserves.”

Avnish Goyal, CEO, Hallmark Care Homes

I am both humbled and delighted to be a finalist – there are so many people on this list that I have always admired and been inspired by. To know that I might do the same for others in our sector makes the relentless hard but incredibly rewarding work worthwhile.

Martin Jones, CEO, Home Instead UK

“I am really proud to have made The Social Care Top 30, in particular given the esteemed company I am keeping. We all need to work to raise the profile of the social care sector and the Top 30 is one of the ways we will do this.”

Nick Sanderson, CEO, Audley Group

“I am incredibly proud to have been shortlisted in The Social Care Top 30 and it’s an honour to be recognised alongside this group of my peers. They are all leaders in the field whose work makes a real difference. The retirement living sector is a vitally important component of the later life and social care mix. I am passionate about creating innovative housing solutions that provide over 55s with the ability to continue to live the lives they want to live by providing the services, care and communities they need and in turn helps relieve the pressure on the social care system.”

Ann Taylor, Chair, Kent Integrated Care Alliance and CEO, Hilton Nursing Partners

“It has been a very difficult 18 months for us all and I feel honoured to be nominated for this prestigious award along with so many amazing leaders and influencers within social care.”




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