Championing Social Care
Shining a light on the social care sector
Managing Director, Hallmark Care Homes
Aneurin Brown is the Managing Director of Hallmark Care Homes and Santhem Residences which is an established, family-run care provider that has three CQC rated ‘Outstanding’ homes in England and three Excellent rate homes in Wales. It provides residential, nursing and dementia care to over 1300 residents across 22 locations in England and Wales and has won over 100 awards over the last 25 years including; ‘Residential Care Provider’ at the 2021 Health Investor, National Care and Leaders in Care Awards ceremonies. Santhem Residences is the first Integrated Retirement Community of the group which offers retirement living and domiciliary care services in Essex.
Aneurin’s remarkable contributions have garnered recognition, including being featured in Care Home Professional Magazine’s 2023 Power List and receiving the Executive Care Home Leader title at the 2023 Leaders in Care Awards and 2022 Social Care Leadership Awards ceremony. Aneurin is a Chartered Health and Safety professional with particular areas of focus and specialisms in regulation, risk management, environmental health and policy.
Aneurin is also a member of the Champion Social Care Organising Committee. Aneurin is a trustee of the Goyal Foundation and is a frequent speaker at industry events, bringing a wealth of knowledge and insight.
Aneurin is a fluent Welsh speaker, and his spare time is Chair of the National Eisteddfod of Wales Technical Committee.
I am in it because …. The social care sector such an incredible sector with so many opportunities. The work we do changes lives and all too often we hear too much of the negative and not enough of the positive. It is incumbent on us all in the sector to shout louder and raise the profile of all the amazing things that our fabulous teams do every day!
Head of Health and Social Care, Wagestream
Alex is Head of Health and Social Care at Wagestream, the UK’s leading financial wellbeing app available to over 3 million frontline workers through employers such as Bupa, HC-One, Care UK, ASDA, Co-op and many more. Alex has extensive experience in social care, formally the Chairman of Care Innovation Hub and CEO at The Care Workers Charity, a key benefactor of Championing Social Care. Most recently Alex launched a social impact startup tackling loneliness in later life that was acquired by Rest Less Group in 2023. Alex is intent on solving problems in the ageing and social care space that have a huge impact on society.
“I am in because… the Social Care Sector is close to my heart and undervalued by society. Every day, there are a multitude of examples of incredible people going the extra mile to support our society’s most vulnerable. These people are our everyday heroes and Championing Social Care will shine a light on them.”
Chief Executive Officer – Aria Care
Caroline joined the Aria Care Group as Chief Executive Officer in December 2022.
With over 35 years of working in the social care sector, Caroline has extensive operational management experience, both in the public and private sector. Caroline has held senior leadership positions in other major care organisations as well as previously working as a Regulatory Inspector.
Her approach fosters a culture of diversity, inclusion and belonging, promoting an environment centred on quality resident care and raising the profile of social care.
National Accounts Director, EF-GROUP
I run the National Accounts Management team at EF-GROUP, which includes ensuring all clients are given the best support possible, accurate, speedy updates, and continuous support throughout the year including weekends, evenings and bank holidays.
In this role, I oversee client relationships and development, while keeping a close eye on current and future market trends.
As a result of the varied and fast paced environment the industry works to, this has resulted in an accumulation of knowledge and experience in supporting clients to achieve their business needs and goals.
I have a seasoned perspective on how to ensure the clients experience in working with the EF-group is productive, personable, and robust.
When I’m not keeping busy with ensuring our clients are completely satisfied, I enjoy playing golf (especially beating our CEO), following football with my two sons and quality family time.”
What it means to us: “Shining a positive light on the profile of the care sector and raising the profile is of paramount importance to us. We’ve worked with some of our care sector clients for over 20 years so to champion the incredible and hard work that the people within the sector do means a great deal to us and this is an amazing platform for us to showcase the incredible people that change lives on a daily basis.”
Founding Partner, Care Leaders Network
Hi! My name’s Simon Parker. I am deeply passionate about the social care sector and I am involved in various different ways. Alongside being an Ambassador of Championing Social Care, I am also the Founding Partner of Care Leaders Network, which is a management consultancy for the care home sector, the host of The Care Home Show, which is the UK’s largest video podcast for the care home sector and also co-founder of Let’s Create, which is a marketing agency focused on transforming the way that people see care homes.
“I am in because… I want to contribute towards shaping the future of social care and believe very strongly that an important part of doing so is to shine a light on its incredible value.”
Partner and Head of Independent Health and Care Bevan Brittan
Vincent is a highly experienced lawyer, specialising in commercial, corporate and regulatory law who advises healthcare, social care and retirement living operators, providers, investors, funders and developers on a diverse range of commercial, corporate and regulatory transactional matters.
Vincent is a former operator in the specialist social care market and combines real-world market insight into the legal and advisory work for clients.
I am in it because “My background is in social care where I was an operator for 10 years and so I am passionate about the sector. I believe social care is a vital service and deserves to be recognised for the extraordinary work they do. My hope is that we can work towards a future where the crucial role social care plays in our society is recognised by all and together I believe we can make that happen.”
Managing Director, Belmont Healthcare Group
Adam Hutchison, Founder and CEO of Belmont Healthcare Group, entered the social care sector in 2013 initially managing 53 care home beds. This soon expanded, he now operates a portfolio of over 250 beds across four High Needs Dementia & Respite Care homes in the South East, one of which specialises in offering Nursing care. Growing the business further in 2021 launching new services in the form of Home Care provision within the Midlands & Worcester areas. Further focusing on the Belmont strategy to develop a multi faceted healthcare group. Future growth includes Mental Health and General Practice provision across England. Adam is an active member of the Trade Association community, as Vice Chair of the Kent Integrated Care Alliance (KiCA), board member of the Care Association Alliance (CAA) Ambassador for The Care Worker’s Charity & Championing Social Care initiatives, he actively champions the care sector by raising strategic issues for local providers on a national scale.
“I am in because… this sector brings so much joy to those it supports and we need to celebrate this far and wide for all to see.”
Chief Nurse, www.florence.co.uk
Fiona Millington is the Chief Nurse at Florence Staffing Ltd, and has over 35 years of experience within the Healthcare industry. Her role is to primarily oversee the professional development, and governance of the Florence workforce. Fiona has specialised in the care of older adults and as such is a strong advocate for excellence in care, whilst working to ensure that there is equality within the social care workforce. Despite the significant challenges faced by the Social Care industry over recent years, Fiona is committed to supporting and promoting social care as one of the most rewarding and fulfilling careers for those interested in embarking on care delivery within their communities.
“I am in because…Social care is the backbone of the Health industry. Very often the care deliverers who make the difference are rarely seen and infrequently celebrated! It’s time to change that pattern by highlighting the good work and the great people who work within this sector.”
Regional Business Manager, Social Care Thought Leader
Mark is a passionate and multi award winning social care leader who has worked in the care industry since 2004 and is currently working as a Regional Support Manager.
Mark can be found regularly advocating, appearing on television, radio and podcasts and has started numerous high profile campaigns which have been debated in parliament and across the world and have a combined petition signature list of over 1.7million creating a change in legislation and culture within the industry.
Mark is also the Social Media & Marketing Director at NACAS.
I am in because… I am passionate about increasing the positive image of social care and highlighting how amazing the sector is to work and build a career within.
Partner, Bevan Brittan
Amanda Wright-Kluger is a partner at Bevan Brittain. She was previously a trial lawyer specialising in medical negligence in the USA for 13 years. Amanda now represents Independent Healthcare Providers and NHS Trusts in inquest and advisory and regulatory matters. The bulk of Amanda’s cases are complex and high profile inquests, many with juries and involve multiple parties including police. Amanda is a seasoned and experienced advocate and advises Trusts and Independent Care Providers in terms of quality and governance/lessons learnt as well as giving training on various aspects of litigation. Amanda is a lead on business development within Independent Health Care across all health and social care related law including corporate, commercial and property matters.
“I am in because…I believe the social care sector is a brilliant shining light in our Country and one that must be cherished, valued and promoted.’
Chief Executive, Care England
Martin Green has had an extensive career in NGO development, both in the UK and internationally, and is Chief Executive of Care England, the largest representative body for independent social care services in the UK. He is Vice President of The Care Workers Charity, a Champion of The National Aids Trust and a Commissioner of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. In 2013 he was appointed Visiting Professor of Social Care to Buckinghamshire New University. In 2012, in his role as Department of Health Independent Sector Dementia Champion, he led the development of the Dementia Care and Support Compact for The Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia.
“I am in because… social care transforms lives and sustains communities.”
Founder, Silver Sunday
Christabel Flight has been a Westminster Councillor since May 2006 when she took up the mantel of championing the City’s 65+ residents. She has since served as Westminster’s Older People’s Champion; Editor of Westminster Plus for Westminster’s 30,000 freedom pass holders and currently serves as the Deputy Cabinet Member for Adults and Public Health.
Christabel created the annual Christmas Tea Dance (held at the Grosvenor Hotel in Park Lane) which is now in its fifteenth year. It is a free event for 1000 Westminster residents aged 65+ and provides the opportunity for people to forge new friendships and dance to live music.
She has twice staged a free Music Hall event for 2000 seniors at the ENO London Coliseum and went on to establish the Sir Simon Milton Foundation. Christabel also started Silver Sunday, a National day in October celebrating older people which has now become a national institution. In 2019 over 1200 events took place throughout the country, see Silver Sunday.
Christabel’s interesting career before joining Westminster included many years with auction houses Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Bonhams in London and Hong Kong (1968-83); Managing the offices of John Powley MP and John Maples MP. (83-86), Fundraising for Worcester Cathedral holding a sale of the 100 top British living artists. and The English Church in Venice again by inviting artists to Venice and asking them to create something inspired by it.
MacMillan Cancer Relief Chairing the House of Commons/House of Lords Tug of War Becoming a Conservative Party Treasurer, Chairing ‘Contact” a Women’s Political Forum held monthly in the House of Commons. For 14 years She is also mother to four and grandmother to eight children and has a border terrier “Doris”
Christabel served as Lord Mayor of Westminster between 2015 – 2016.
I am in because… Silver Sunday www.silversunday.org.uk shares the same values as Championing Social Care. Together we can make a real difference.
CEO, Mansfield Advisers LLP
Henry has worked in healthcare for 30 years and is Executive Chair of award-winning healthcare strategy consultants Mansfield Advisors, Non-Executive Chair of Compass Recruitment Solutions, Senior Advisor to Savills Operational Capital Markets, Deputy Chair of the European Healthcare Investor Association, a Non-Executive Director of LaingBuisson and an advisor to the International Longevity Centre think tank.
He started his career as a lawyer with Linklaters in London, New York and Washington, before moving into banking with Rothschild, UBS Investment Bank and Jefferies, where he was Joint Head of European Investment Banking. He was also a Senior Consultant to Macquarie after leaving banking, Chair of care home provider Elizabeth Finn Care and a Trustee of the charity Turn2Us, which fights poverty in the UK.
“I am in because… I care passionately about the care sector and want to see it get the recognition it deserves.”
Managing Director, Prosperwell
Tobi is the Founder and Managing Director of Prosperwell, the UK’s leading, multi-award winning, care sector digital marketing agency. They work with some of the most successful care home and home care providers in the UK, helping care homes build back occupancy and helping home care providers increase their weekly hours and recruit new staff. You can catch Tobi on his podcast Tea With Tobi, where he and his guests share growth strategies for the sector.
I am in because… I believe we need to bring awareness to the conversations within the care sector, we need to shine a light on its value that is so often missed and support it to become the best it can be in an increasingly digital world.
CEO & Founder, Chislehurst Healthcare
Elle Sena, CEO & Founder, Chislehurst Healthcare
Elle has over 25 years experience working within the UK health and social care sector. Her experiences ranges from NHS to Independant Health and Social Care providers within senior management and executive roles.
Elle Sena has become well known within the UK healthcare industry for her positive energy, her proven history and understanding of delivering high-quality services and her extensive knowledge and experience in business, health & social care and recruitment. Elle is also passionately dedicated to her philanthropic work and has become heavily involved in supporting charitable organisations such as Caudwell Children, Malaika and the Hear to Aid Foundation where she is a trustee, to name but a few.
“I am in because… I am passionate, enthusiastic and committed to raising the profile of and supporting the social care sector in any way I can. I am always humbled to acknowledge the diverse social care workforce and its dedication – especially shown throughout Covid. This commitment and support of our carers forms a key component to the Chislehurst ethos and as its CEO and woman of colour within this sector, I am honoured to become an Ambassador for Championing Social Care.
Chief Executive Officer, NACAS
I have been a registered nurse for over 35 years, and I take immense pride in sharing that I began my journey as an Enrolled Nurse and gradually ‘ shaped ’ my career to where I am today. Throughout, my unwavering passion has always been a combination of Primary and Palliative care. I have had the pleasure of dedicating many enjoyable years to both community and practice nursing, all while balancing the responsibilities of raising a family.
Eight years ago, I decided to pursue another dream and along with my business partners, established an award-winning social care domiciliary service in Southern Hampshire. This venture at times, continues to be nothing short of an emotional roller coaster, but it is deeply rewarding as well.
It was through my involvement in the social care sector that I first discovered NACAS when we joined as an employer member. I am now privileged to serve as its CEO on a voluntary basis. My involvement with NACAS resulted in me receiving an invitation to assume the role of leading a steering committee responsible for initiating a Voluntary Care Register for England…
As fate would have it, I am delighted to say that after much hard work, today (01/09/2023) marks the official launch of this register.
I am in because: It is my sound belief that we must co-operate as a united team with one resounding single message, to ensure our voices are heard. Social care is incredibly diverse and multifaceted, and I consider myself privileged to be a part of it. As many individuals have justifiably highlighted it is also a key foundation of our healthcare system, even though it is seldom recognised as such.
To bring about meaningful change at the grassroots level, we must coordinate our efforts, offer mutual support, and shift the current negative narrative to a more positive one. Working together, we can create an impact and gain the recognition that social care rightfully deserves.
Sanghamitra Chakravarty | Founder & CEO, InvictIQ
Sangha is the Founder and CEO of InvictIQ, a leading care sector technology and data solutions company. With their platform, audIT on Cloud, care providers can now optimise caregiving time, enhance care quality and efficiency. Sangha also co-founded Data Cafe, pioneering the UK’s Social Care data movement – the safe space where care professionals come together to explore the boundless potential of data in delivering better care.
I am in because … Care sector impacts us all, yet often goes unnoticed until necessity arises. This sector doesn’t just give in abundance; it creates opportunities to change lives. By Championing Social Care we celebrate today’s care heroes and ignite the spark for even more to emerge.
LinkedIN link : https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanghamitra-chakravarty/
InvictIQ link : www.invictiq.com
Data Cafe link : https://www.linkedin.com/company/care-data-cafe/
Founder and Chairman of Loveday & Co
Since founding his first hotel in 1989, Laurence Geller CBE has built a global hospitality empire. Geller lost his parents to dementia and has since devoted his life to the prevention,treatment, and care of this condition. Geller has built a collection of world-leading dementiacare facilities while funding innovation and research to bring residents the highest level ofcare and comfort. As Founder and Chairman of Loveday & Co, Geller has coordinatedprivate, public, academic, and philanthropic partners to create a world-leading provider ofspecialist dementia care.Loveday & Co have been recognised as pioneers of dementia care, winning the ‘Best forNursing Care’ award in 2019, 2021 and 2022, overall Gold trophy for ‘Best Individual CareHome’ in 2021. Loveday residences have received an ‘Outstanding Rating’ by CQC. Gelleracts as an expert adviser in both the Department for Health and Social care and theDepartment for Culture, Media & Sport.As part of this responsibility Geller has worked to establish the UK as the global centre onconcussion in sport and related neurodegeneration. He has coordinated his network amongleading sport and medical experts in the UK, US, Canada, Switzerland. As Chancellor of theUniversity of West London (UWL), Geller funds and oversees major life sciences projectsthrough the Geller Institute for Ageing and Memory (GIAM), launched in June 2020 at UWL. Laurence Geller is also the author of two thrillers set in the hotelier industry and has writtenover 100 published articles.
“I am in because…. I have seen first-hand the brilliant work being done across the country.The Care Sector Fundraising Ball is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate this.”
Founder Care Connector Network
Iain is the founder and CEO of The Care Connector Network, a partner in the Care Connector Learning Academy, and the owner of Complete Nutritional Care, he has dedicated his career to supporting and improving the care sector in various ways.
In 2020, Iain founded The Care Connector Network. This initiative was born out of a desire to support the care sector with educational materials, networking opportunities, and connections to a vast array of amazing suppliers. Iain recognized that the traditional ways of networking had dramatically changed and, in response, developed a platform in 2021 dedicated to Social Care.
“I am in Because I have learned that forming collaborations within a community is much more beneficial than trying to go it alone.”
Chief Executive Officer – Hilton Nursing Partners
Ann, a founding Director of Hilton Nursing Partners, has over 30 years experience of holding senior managerial positions within the health and social care sector. Ann chairs the Kent Integrated Care Alliance and sits on various local, regional and national groups to support the development of new models of care and the workforce development strategies to deliver them.
With a reputation for designing and developing new services Ann is responsible for creating the Hilton Model of truly integrated care from her own personal experiences.
More recently Ann, one of the founding members of WAGS (Women Achieving Greatness in Social Care), has supported the development of this national movement of exceptional leaders who come together to enjoy life, impart their knowledge and experience, and mentor the those rising stars who will become the next generation of WAGS.
To Ann the measurement of success for a social care leader is: “How society view us, the value we bring to support our community and the responsibility we undertake to ensure everyone has the support and opportunity to live their lives well”.
I am in because: The future of social care is dependant on the commitment of our workforce, I believe we have a responsibility to ensure they are recognised, rewarded and celebrated for their importance everyday!
Chief Executive Officer – National Care Forum
Professor Vic Rayner OBE is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Care Forum (NCF) – the leading association of not-for-profit care and support organisations, joining the NCF in 2016. As CEO she is the co-chair of the government Strategic Advisory Forum on the social care workforce, chair of the National Social Care Advisory Group on social care and technology and sits on a range of government and national specialist groups with a focus on the social care workforce, digital transformation, new models of care and regulation. Professor Rayner is a regular national and international speaker, and has extensive knowledge and expertise across a wide range of care, support, housing and social policy agendas.
“I am in because I think it’s important that the social care sector comes together to ensure everyone working in care, caring for their own loved ones and those receiving care and support are recognised and given the voice they deserve. With the Care Sector Fundraising Ball, Care Sector’s Got Talent and Care Home Open Week, Championing Social Care have created so many ways for us to do just that and demonstrate that social care matters to us all.”
Director of No1 Healthcare and CEO of PCOS Relief
Chand Kaur is a professional, carrying significant experience as a Director of No1 Healthcare LTD and CEO of a Women’s Welfare Charitable Organisation – PCOS Relief.
Chand has been passionate about building No1 Healthcare, an award-winning firm, that is responsible for many key services provided to both the NHS and Health and Social Care Sector and is also responsible for taking care of workers wellbeing. Chand is also instrumental in establishing benchmarks in terms of covering all aspects of human wellbeing, from working life, quality lifestyle, learning, training, safety, physical, working environment , and women hygiene. Chand has been an advisor to many leading panels within the Healthcare sector, contributing to both the Scottish and English healthcare systems.
Chand has been an advocate in championing Women Health for conditions such as, PCOS, Endometriosis and Menopause, especially with her contribution to her women welfare charitable organisations, that supports females worldwide, who has been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, she has been able to raise awareness and conversation within the Scottish Parliament, Women Health Plan and Parliament of India, Ministry of Health, and Family Welfare.
I am in it because …. I am invested, commitment and passionate about raising the profile of the sector and highlighting the hard work the Health and Social Care sector provides.
Marketing, Brand and Communications Consultant, Saskia Binns Consultancy
Saskia began her career within the Care Sector as a Marketing & Brand Development Consultant working across various organisations before joining Majesticare, the luxury care group as Head of Communications in April 2020. In December 2022, she returned to her consultancy remaining with Majesticare and other clients within the sector.
Saskia has enjoyed a long career in marketing across the hospitality and fitness sectors before being enveloped by the incredible passion and unparalleled kindness that stems from the heart of the sector. This alignment of values drives her to support profile-raising projects such as the Care Society, Care Sector Fundraising Ball and even to hike Snowdon overnight for The Care Workers Charity!
“I am in because… Championing Social Care is a fabulous initiative to showcase the passion and unwavering dedication of the truly amazing people who work within social care. I remain in awe of the strength, the sparkle and the smiles that they show every day and it’s a true honour to support shining a light on all our social care heroes.”
Florence was founded by Dr. Charles Armitage and Dan Blake to give social care workforce the community and tools it needs. Florence’s tech helps professionals take control of their working lives, connects teams and frees up time to make a real difference. The organisation currently engages over 90,000 care professionals and 2,000 organisations have joined us since 2017.
CEO, Connell Consulting Ltd
Clare is well known within the private equity and corporate finance world for her extensive knowledge of health, social care and education. Clare has worked in strategy consulting for 23 years at the Strategy Practice of Accenture, OC&C Strategy Consultants and Candesic. She was voted Sector Expert by her peers in the 2018, 2019 and 2022 HealthInvestor Power 50 for her knowledge of the sector. She holds a BA (Hons) in History from Durham University.
Connell Consulting won the LaingBuisson Management Consultant Award in 2019 and 2020, as well as the HealthInvestor Consultancy of the Year Award in 2016 and 2021.
“I am in because… I believe the vital contribution that care workers make to society deserves greater recognition and that greater public awareness of the care sector would encourage people with no previous experience of care homes to consider the opportunities offered by a career in care”
Partner and Head of Independent Health and Care, Browne Jacobson
Clare is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer specialising in the health and care sector. She advises a wide range of clients including providers, operators, investors and developers across the sector including care homes, specialist care, integrated retirement communities and in-home care. Clare also leads the health tech practice at Browne Jacobson.
Clare has had a varied career spending over 16 years in-house the majority of which were at board level. Five years were spent with a tech provider that developed PAS and imaging systems and seven on the board of a provider of secure mental health. This breadth of experience gives Clare a rounded approach to advising the care sector.
“I am in because……it is time for the care sector to be recognised and applauded for the compassionate care it provides to the most vulnerable in our society. The sector has one of the most diverse and resilient workforces that continuously strives to improve the lives of others through collaboration and dedication. It is time to shine a light on the positive aspects of the care sector and celebrate all that it does.”
Director, The Caring View & Director of Social Care IHSCM (Institute of Health and Social Care Management)
Adam Purnell (he/him), director of social care for the instituted of Health and Social Care management (IHSCM) is a passionate former care manager and keen social care campaigner. He is an ambassador for John’s Campaign, co-founder and host of The Caring View” the only live, weekly, social care chat show, and helped create the ‘#GreenHeartForSocialCare Campaign.Adams work at the IHSCM focuses on providing quality content and support to their social care members. He also leads the social care innovators for the IHSCM and he recently produced a ‘People Plan for Social Care’ calling for reform for the sectors workforce.
I am in it because…social care is more than a sector; it’s and idea, its community, its people, its passion and dedication, its support and its being supported; it’s so much more than a headline or a job and every inch, every corner of social care needs to be recognised and celebrated. I’m keen through my roles and platforms to encourage a new generation into the social care workforce whilst ensuring that the people at the centre, those using care services lead the way.
Autumna is on a mission to help families understand and find the best later life care options, not only through its database of over 26,000 care homes, retirement living developments, home care and live-in care providers but also its free advice line. Autumna was conceived with the purpose of taking Chosen with Care online and making the extensive database of care homes and care services available to the public – a care provider directory more detailed and with more useful, searchable information than any other.
Lifeways is the UK’s leading team of support professionals for adults with diverse and complex needs living fulfilling and independent lives in the community. Lifeways provide supported living and residential care for people living with complex needs, including, acquired brain injury, learning disability, autism, physical disabilities and mental health.or whom we care.
Aria Care delivers high-quality care and support in the elderly social care sector, with welcoming communities that include residential homes and those offering nursing care as well as dementia care. Their care homes offer positive and supportive environments for all those who live and work in our communities, focused on improving the quality of life for whom we care.
Solicitor at Stephens Scown LLP
Jade is a solicitor within the Corporate and Commercial team at employee-owned and B Corp Certified law firm Stephens Scown LLP. Her day-to-day work involves supporting clients to buy and sell businesses, but she also works on re-structures, re-finances, commercial contracts and governance.
Jade is a key member of the Healthcare team at Stephens Scown and regularly advises clients on disposals and acquisitions of their healthcare businesses, including care homes, supported living, homecare and children’s services.
“I am in because… I believe in any initiative to raise the profile of the social care sector, which affects us all. The people within the sector are amazing and often an inspiration to work with and we need to do all we can to encourage new up and coming people into the sector to carry on the legacy of the great work the current cohort promote.”
Founder & Managing Director, Marr Procurement
‘Christoph founded Marr Procurement, the UK’s care sector procurement specialist, because there had to be a fairer, values-based and more transparent way to do business where clients and suppliers benefit from an open, equitable relationship, one where trust is the driving force. Relentless in seeking to level the playing field for clients and ensuring they have equal access to the best procurement services and the best suppliers, remain critically essential today.
We have worked with fifty six care providers across the UK, delivering savings without compromising on care or quality. At the heart of Marr Procurement is marrgo, the care sector’s first truly curated buying website. Marrgo provides users across your organisation with an easy-to-use web interface and a complete supply base which we professionally manage and regularly compete and which meets all your purchasing needs.’
I’m in because…‘It is a great opportunity to have some fun, celebrate and support those who work in the care sector and their mental health. We believe in the difference Championing Social Care makes and are privileged to be a partner, not least given our shared values of integrity, fairness and quality.’
Chair of Lifeways Group
Mark Beadle chairs Lifeways Group, the UK’s largest supported living specialist that supports almost 5,000 people across the country to live more fulfilling, independent lives. He also chairs Springfield Healthcare which operates 6 care homes and a domiciliary care service across Yorkshire.
Mark has worked in the health and social care sector for the last 20 years in a variety of executive and non-executive roles.
“I am in because…the work done each and every day by our kind, compassionate and caring colleagues needs shouting from the roof tops!”
Chief Commercial Officer, Person Centred Software
Anthony has over 16 years of experience in bringing digital technology to care homes that positively impacts the lives of people receiving care and working in the social care sector, having been a member of the original team that launched Person Centred Software (PCS) back in 2013. Anthony has overseen the growth of PCS, which began with just a few care homes using PCS’s Digital Care Planning System. Today, over 4,000 care homes and 250,000 care staff are trained across PCS’s range of digital technologies, including the Digital Care Planning System, eMAR (a market-leading electronic medicines management system), Digital Reception (a front-of-house, hands-free reception system) and the company’s new Oomph Activities and Wellbeing platform, which provides a range of services around wellbeing activities for residents and staff.
“I am in because…on a daily basis, I can see how caring and kind the people who work within the social care sector are, so I will take every opportunity to champion and support these amazing people who look after our loved ones.”
Founder & Managing Director, Autumna
Debbie Harris has been an innovator and leader in the care industry for over a decade. She was the visionary who founded care home reviews and now runs Autumna, the UK’s largest and most detailed online directory of later life care.
Debbie’s innovations continue with S.A.F.E infection control, CHOICE Dining, Live Ratings and D.A.D (Dashboard for Accelerated Discharge) all of which come together to give families and care professionals alike, easier access to the information they need to find appropriate and available care.
I am in it because …. The social care sector is such an incredible sector with so many opportunities. The work we do changes lives and all too often we hear too much of the negative and not enough of the positive. It is incumbent on us all in the sector to shout louder and raise the profile of all the amazing things that our fabulous teams do every day!
National Director, Scottish Care
Karen is an ambassador for social care. Her career began as a paid carer whilst studying at university and whilst rewarding, she quickly became motivated by the pressures on the sector. A champion for participation and co-production, she believes that evidence of impact is the difference it makes for people. Promoter of an evidence-based approach and self-confessed data geek, she sits on the Leadership team of ImPACT working to address the evidence implementation gap. She has worked at various seats round the social care table, as well as for Government and as Director of the Prince of Wales Foundation. In her current role as Deputy CEO of Scottish Care, she continues to shape the future of social care with a focus on human rights, commissioning, fair work, and technology. When not working, this Ayrshire lass can be found on the beach with her family. Wild Sea Woman Leader, coastguard, FRSA MIoD and wannabee salty sea dog.
“I am in because…I believe in celebrating the good in social care with a view to making a difference for people, but also to share my joy of the sector, and have it recognised as a career of choice.’
Partner, Shakespeare Martineau
Heledd Wyn is an experienced solicitor specialising in future planning, as is well known for her expertise in long-term and elderly care matters. Her knowledge of navigating the legal aspects of the care system, particularly the funding of care and challenging the decisions made by local authority assessments, make her invaluable to those dealing with care planning for themselves, or their loved ones. Heledd has particular experience in dealing with NHS Continuing Health Care funding and Court of Protection applications.
“I’m in because social care is something that affects us all. Whether you are someone who needs care or are the relative or even employer of someone who is a carer then you need to know what your rights are. We need to ensure that social care is on every agenda for change”
Managing Director, Anchor
Rob Martin, as Managing Director Care Services for Anchor the 4th largest Care Home operator, is responsible for 127 care homes, 3 retirement villages, 8 domiciliary care services, and is an Executive Director of Anchor Hanover Ltd. He is also the “Nominated Individual” with the Care Quality Commission.
He was previously the Director of Care Quality and has been working as part of the senior leadership team at Anchor since 2013. Rob has also experience over 5 years as a Non-Executive Director.
Rob has built his experience in the social care sector over the last 22 years, one of his first roles in social care was as a Registered Manager in the North-West of England. After leaving school, Rob served with 40 Regiment in the Royal Artillery for almost 7 years, where he developed many of the skills that he continues to apply today in a high-pressure role.
He has undertaken the Top Manager Programme with The King’s Fund; the programme has a 30-year history of developing senior leaders within Health and Social Care. Rob was recently recognised as one of the top 10 most influential people in social care as part of the Social Care top 30.
Rob’s most recent achievements include acquiring Halcyon care group (11 care homes), moving to pay the living wage foundation rate for all colleagues in Anchor and opening one of the first carbon neutral care homes in the Country.
I am in it because… I see lots of amazing moments and the positive impact on people’s lives in social care. It’s important that society has a greater appreciation of the social care workforce and the difference they make.
Founder & COO, Florence
Dan is a former army officer and financial services professional. He is focused on the day to day operations, commercial business and making sure Florence provides the very best customer experience possible for nurses, carers and care homes. Dan is married to his very supportive wife Emma, and they have three young boys to keep them busy.
I am in because…I started Florence because I knew I wanted to start a company to make a difference, to do something. I always think it’s important to do something you know and understand and because I was working in the care sector and had seen some of the challenges, I got together with Charles, and we decided to give it a go! Becoming a founding partner of Championing Social Care was a given, having seen the work they have done for many years. Any way we can support, give back to and highlight the challenges (and success) that frontline staff experience is really important to us. I can’t wait to work with key members across the industry to really give back in the most meaningful way possible.
Managing Director, The Closer Care Home
In seven years, Sanjay’s journey in Social Care have been a complete roller coaster. Leaving a career in hospitality and events, he took over a once great care home, which was faced with 2 embargoes, 2 warning notices an inadequate rating. The Close Care Home, now sits with a full outstanding rating and counts titles like Care Home of Year, Best Individual Care home and Small Care provider of the Year in its many accolades. Sanjay is a passionate advocate of sharing knowledge and best practice and is highly committed to increasing and improving DE&I practices in the social care space.
I am in because – the sector needs to celebrate its successes and promote best practise. The sector is full of amazing people doing exceptional and meaningful work and I am proud to be an open and outward supporter of the people and the work we do.
Sarah has spent the last ten years working in the health and social care sector. She is currently Chief Operating Officer at Nexus Media Group, a media and events company focusing on the health, social care, education and early years communities. HealthInvestor and Caring Times are amongst the portfolio at NMG, providing the health and social care sector with breaking news, analysis and a number of major events.
“I am in because…social care is underrepresented, underfunded and underappreciated, let’s change that.”
CEO, Renovo Care
“I am in because…I’m thoroughly late to the social care party, having worked in other sectors until very recently, and I have been blown away by the professionalism and compassion of the very brilliant people who work at the front line of care. Anything I can do to help and support them, I will.’
Care Business Development Manager, Entegra Europe
Divyesh leads the Care Sector for Entegra Europe, working closely with each account to achieve their individual needs. Originally from a design and build background, did many projects working with the NHS, designing and manufacturing wayfinding signage and sanitiser stations.
Entegra’s approach to procurement is holistic; encompassing the best prices in the market, operational support, a team of experienced chefs and procurement software management. We support the care sector with our purchasing expertise to deliver the best financial results into the care sector whilst freeing their teams to deliver care into their communities.
I am in because… I love hearing about care professionals in all that they do. I want to see and help promote the sector professionals involved, to get the recognition they deserve.
CEO, Eden Futures
Helen has over 25yrs experience working in the health and social care sector, ranging from secure care to community services.
She has held a number of senior positions in the private and charitable sector, developing teams and growing businesses in line with commissioner needs. Helen started her career as a health care assistant and believes this set the foundation for her enthusiasm and passion for the sector, supporting the most vulnerable people in our society.
“I am in because…I am enthusiastic about raising the profile and supporting the social care sector to engage, enable and empower the current workforce, recognising their dedication, value, and commitment.’
COO & Director, Serene Care
A care home Provider who started her career working at a number of global investment banks. Along with co-founder Jay Dodhia (CEO), she has used her project management, operational experience, and complementary skills to help build Serene Care into an award-winning boutique care home owner-operator that specialises in improving the lives of elderly residents who may have Dementia. Her passions lie in not only ensuring Serene Care’s residents get the best quality care that they deserve but also in being an active member of the wider social care innovators community; this includes being co-chair of the IHSCM’s People Plan group as well as supporting a number of organisations such as Dementia UK, The Care Workers Charity and raising awareness for equality and diversity across the sector.
“I am in because…I am passionate about promoting the amazing work that is being done each and every day by our fantastic social care workforce.’
CEO and Co-founder, Kafoodle
Tarryn Gorre is CEO and Co-founder of Kafoodle she is a respected hospitality professional with over 20 years of experience. Tarryn has worked in a variety of food businesses in various roles helping grow, open and build businesses both within the UK and globally. Kafoodle is a result of this with its easy to use kitchen management system that allows care providers to easily report on costs, nutrition and allergens in their menus and meal plans improving the lives of residents and those in their care.
I am in because… ‘this is an industry I am passionate about and we need to support those who truly care and are making a difference
Zahid Khan, Head of Wellbeing, Avery Healthcare
Zahid is the Head of Wellbeing for Avery Healthcare, one of the largest care home providers in the UK.
Zahid leads on Avery’s wellbeing strategy ensuring residents benefit from high quality and person-centred engagement and has many years of experience working within the care sector. He is passionate about supporting service improvements, training and the implementation of various projects with the focus being on wellbeing, engagement and stimulation including the resident’s daily-lived experience whilst living with Avery
“I am in because…it’s important to value, celebrate and acknowledge the impact of those everyday heroes who work in the social care sector.’
CEO Social Housing, Civitas Investment Management
Paul is the Chief Executive Officer within the Social Housing strategy and a co-founder of Civitas Social Housing PLC.
Paul has worked in all aspects of Social Housing for over 30 years and is a senior industry figure. From 2008 to 2014, Paul was Chief Executive of Homes for Haringey, a Registered Provider, where he was responsible for 1200 staff and 23,000 homes. The organisation was awarded ‘Housing Organisation of the Year’ in 2012 , gained Investors in People Gold and delivered a £250m investment programme . For eight years prior to this, Paul was a Director at Hyde Group, a major G15 Housing Association, which provides homes and services to more than 95,000 customers.
Throughout his career, Paul has been responsible for leading large scale physical, social and economic regeneration projects properties across the UK. During his career, Paul has also held a variety of non-executive roles in and out of the sector and was the Chairman of Thames Valley Charitable Housing Association which established a successful private rental sector business funded by equity and debt through various institutional investment funds and group board member of MTVH one of the largest Housing Associations in the country. Paul was co-founder of a sector-leading think tank and has written extensively on social housing and policy issues.
I am in it because “increasing the profile of the social care sector is of great importance to myself and Civitas, the incredible work people do within the sector often goes unnoticed and this platform is a great way to highlight those talented and committed people.”
Head of Health & Social Care, Virgin Money
Derek has many years of UK multi banking experience but has a personal passion for social care and has become actively involved in the national care agenda much of which supports a wide variety of health and social care businesses. These include aged care, specialist care and looked after children. Derek joined the bank in 2010 to create a dedicated sector approach and promote a new challenger bank to support health and social care in the UK.
I am in because… it is time that the dedication and passion delivering social care shown by the amazing people working in the sector is suitably recognised and celebrated alongside the valued residents and families who rely on them.
Director, Outstanding Care Homes (OCH)
Issac is the Director of the strategic and operational care home consultancy firm Outstanding Care Homes (OCH). OCH has helped many care homes to come out of regulatory challenges to move from a Good to CQC Outstanding rating, ultimately care home residents receiving nothing less than “Outstanding care”.
Issac Theophilos is the Author of the Amazon best-selling care home sector book – “How to get Outstanding”.
Issac’s career journey started from being a carer, nurse and becoming a Manager of five stars CQC rated nursing home to a top-rated care home consultant. Issac’s skillset ranges from clinical management, leadership, people management, coaching and mentoring, business and finance acumen specific to the care home sector.
Issac is also the founder of carehomeshopping.com, the first online market place for the social care sector founded to support care homes during the pandemic.
I am in it because “everyone deserves ‘outstanding care’ when unwell regardless of their social or economic status. The purpose of my life is to make that happen through my work. Humbled to be an ambassador for championing the social care sector because it is so close to my heart.”
Chief Executive, Alzheimer’s Society
Kate joined Alzheimer’s Society as their Chief Executive in March 2020. Prior to this role, she was CEO at children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent for four years, during which time she rebranded the organisation, setting new values and building a culture of total team working. She successfully lobbied Government to fund the funerals of all children under the age of 18 and founded the Children and Young People’s Cancer Coalition.
She was previously CEO of Myton Hospice, a large Adult Palliative Care Charity in Coventry and Warwickshire, where she worked with many individuals with dementia and their families. Before that Kate spent 16 years at British Red Cross leading UK service delivery, before becoming Director of UK and International Strategy and Deputy CEO in 2005.
Kate’s a proud Yorkshire woman and now lives in Coventry with her husband and two teenage children; she loves gardening and tea.
‘I am in because… we need to do everything we can to create a social care system that supports the most vulnerable people in society, including those affected by dementia, at the times in their lives when they need it most’
Head of Healthcare, Barclays
Steve joined Barclays in 2019 and was appointed Head of Healthcare in 2020. With over 15 years’ experience within Corporate Banking, he has undertaken roles ranging from leverage finance to client coverage with his focus being purely on Healthcare over the past 7 years. The Barclays Healthcare team supports a wide-ranging client base with its dedicated specialist approach, industry knowledge, and sector-specific products and services.
“I am in because… I see every single day some of the amazing work undertaken by the care sector and want to see it finally get the recognition it deserves.”
Chief Executive, Institute of Health & Social Care
“I am in because… social care needs to find and celebrate its champions. Champions inspire the next generation of social care superstars and promote the idea of social care as a fulfilling and rewarding career. The Institute of Health & Social Care exists to support and encourage the development of our members and I am delighted to act as an Ambassador for Championing Social Care on behalf of those members.
CEO, CareTech Foundation
Jonathan is CEO of the CareTech Foundation, the leading corporate foundation in the social care sector. Founded and funded by leading specialist care provider CareTech plc, the Foundation is an independent grant-making charity that supports and champions the social care sector, care workers and those living in care.
Jonathan is also Managing Director of Earlsbrook Consulting Limited, providing strategic advisory service to charities, businesses and philanthropists. Jonathan was previously Managing Director of Mosaic, HRH The Prince of Wales’s mentoring charitable initiative, and before that a member of the Senior Civil Service.
Jonathan serves as a Governor (trustee) of The Legal Education Foundation and Trustee of the Field Lane Foundation. He is a member of the Institute of Health Management’s Advisory Board and Patchwork Foundation’s Strategy Council.
Jonathan was recognised with an MBE for charitable services in Her Majesty The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2021.
“I am in because… the care sector looks after the most vulnerable members of our society and deserves to be celebrated and cherished.”
Trustee, Hallmark Care Homes Foundation
Anita Goyal is the CEO and trustee of The Hemraj Goyal Foundation and the Hallmark Care Homes Foundation. She is Patron of Binti International and the Care Workers Charity as well as an Ambassador of the Alzheimer’s Society. She is an award-winning philanthropist, community champion and author of Voices from Punjab and Voices from Gujarat. Anita completed a BSc in Biomedical Materials Science & Engineering at Queen Mary College, London. Anita’s passion for teaching led her to become a teacher and Assistant Headteacher. Anita has completed her MA in Special and Inclusive Education at the Institute of Education and UCL and is pioneering personal development workshops in schools in the UK. She is the Co-founder of Ultimate You where she designs and speaks about educational seminars on leadership, business, life and relationships. She is passionate about making a difference and believes in doing everything with passion and purpose.
“I am in because… I want to help raise the profile of the care sector and support fundraising for our charity partners.”
Executive Chairman, CareTech plc
Farouq Sheikh is Executive Chairman of CareTech plc. Farouq has been a key architect in CareTech’s growth, having been co-founder of the Group and involved in the vision and strategy from the outset in 1993. With a background in law and a good understanding of finance and commerce, Farouq has been instrumental in securing debt and equity funding for the Group as well as leading the management team in winning a number of long-term contracts from local and health authorities.
Farouq has been presented with a number of Entrepreneur of the Year awards by prestigious organisations including Laing and Buisson, Coutts Bank and Ernst & Young. He also presents widely at healthcare conferences, raising awareness of the learning disability sector.
As Patron and Enterprise Fellow of the prestigious Prince’s Trust and as a member of the Mosaic National Advisory Board, Farouq supports young people by passing on his experience and expertise to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Farouq was awarded an OBE for his services to specialist social care in The Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2020.
“I am in because… we forget the good work that happens on a daily basis with so many people that commit their lives to supporting people and helping others.”
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Owner and Director, Cohesion
Amanda co-owns Cohesion, who provide recruitment and workforce solutions to the sector. Since buying the business in 2009 the team have worked with providers both large and small across all areas of social care.
Cohesion are a Care England Supporter and an NCF Annual Partner and have recently sponsored a PhD at Aston University entitled: “Effective Recruitment & Selection in the UK Care Sector”. They regularly share their knowledge and experience via white papers and events and work hard to promote the opportunities in the sector to a wider audience.
“I am in because… I wholly subscribe to the notion that you can measure a society by how it treats its most vulnerable members and that everyone has a role to play in improving the status quo.”
Executive Director of NAPA
Hilary Woodhead is Executive Director of NAPA; The National Activity Providers Association. Hilary leads the charity in supporting the sector to prioritise wellbeing. She is dedicated to promoting the importance of activity, arts and engagement and believes all those with care and support needs should live content and connected lives.
Hilary is a dementia specialist with a special interest in knowledge and skill development, she is committed to professionalising the role of Activity Professionals.
NAPA takes an appreciative approach, acknowledging and sharing excellent practice inactivity, arts and engagement across the social care sector.
“I am in because… it is more important than ever that we share the incredible work of our sector.
We must do all we can to appreciate and support our workforce to take good care of themselves and to develop their knowledge, skills and resilience. I am amazed every day by the hard work and commitment the social care sector demonstrates and I feel passionately that we must ensure we acknowledge the difference each and every person makes to the lives of the people they support
Registered Care Manager, Birkdale Park Nursing Home
Jonathan Cunningham is the Registered Care Manager for Birkdale Park Nursing Home and Rosebank Care Home for Learning Disabilities In Southport. In addition Jonathan is also the founder of the UK Care Home Managers Inner Circle with over 3.5k registered members. He is passionate about the delivery of inspirational care.
“I am in because… I love anything that raises the voice of social care and brings about transformational care for societies most vulnerable. This is a fantastic initiative and honoured to support it!”
Editor, Care Talk
Lisa has worked in the social care sector for over 20 years. Having worked in a frontline support role herself, she appreciates first-hand the dedication, commitment and selflessness of our workforce.
Now Editor at Care Talk magazine, Lisa is passionate about raising a positive profile of social care, highlighting good news stories and examples of outstanding practice that we never hear about in the main stream press.
“I am in because… I am passionate about raising the status of frontline care professionals who are the back bone of our communities. I want to ensure they are valued by society and receive the status and recognition they truly deserve.”
Founder Director, Carterwood
Amanda is one of the founding directors of Carterwood and has nearly 30 years’ experience in the social care sector.
Representing clients within both the not-for-profit and private sectors, she has provided extensive disposal and strategic advice. More recently, Amanda has advised a range of private equity funds, financial institutions, and corporates, with a focus on the development of elderly care homes.
Carterwood is a multi-award-winning consultancy dedicated to social care. Its team of specialists provide independent, expert analysis that helps operators, developers, and investors to improve decision-making within the elderly care home and older people’s housing sectors.
As well as market-leading advisory services, Carterwood also provides a digital platform for assessing care markets, called Carterwood Analytics. This powerful software gives operators, developers, and investors instant access to high-level market data for over 1.6 million postcodes across Great Britain.
“I am in because… thousands of amazing things happen in a care setting every single day. Those stories deserve to be shouted from the rooftops.”
Founder and CEO, Care Friends
Neil Eastwood is a UK-based international speaker on care worker recruitment and retention and author of ‘Saving Social Care’.He is founder and CEO of Care Friends, an employee referral app for care staff launched in partnership with Skills for Care. Neil has spent many years studying the best workforce practices of social care organisations around the world. Previously he was a director at a 10,000-staff care provider.
“I am in because… I believe passionately that social care is the glue that holds society together and those who work in it deserve the fullest recognition.”
Davina has been involved in the care home sector for over twenty years.
First publishing the A-Z Care Homes Guide from 1997 to its cessation in 2013, the A-Z Care Homes Guide was the only national care home directory in the UK, which covered all registered care homes. This led on to the creation of carehome.co.uk in 2005 which gradually converted the entries in the A-Z Care Home Guide to online publishing. carehome.co.uk currently receives over 17 million visitors per year and has nearly 200,000 care home reviews.
As director of carehome.co.uk, Davina was responsible for the success of both the Guide and the website. She is known throughout the sector, by both care home groups and independently owned care homes, for promoting good care and is a tireless advocate for the industry. As a passionate campaigner within the sector, Davina is a leading advocate for highlighting the laudable work provided by care homes and the dedication of those working within the sector.
In 2009, Davina was approached to become a founder Trustee of the Care Workers Charity, the charity for professional care workers. The CWC is the safety net for the vulnerable care workers who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in a crisis. Davina threw herself into this role with the enthusiasm she brings to every challenge she has been presented with.
Davina was voted Care Personality of the Year in 2013 at the National Care Awards.
She is a powerful voice for the sector, having spoken on radio and TV including The One Show and BBC News 24 on a whole range of issues in the care sector such as surveillance cameras in care homes and whether care workers should wear uniforms. She has also been regularly quoted in the nationals in articles on social care.
Davina has stepped down from her role as director of carehome.co.uk and is now acting as a consultant within the care home sector.
“I am in because… it is crucial that we support and celebrate care workers who care for the most vulnerable in our society and yet, sadly, tend to be unsung heroes, particularly during this challenging time when they are on the frontline of the pandemic risking their own health to help others.”
Managing Director, Investor Publishing
Vernon Baxter is Managing Director of Investor Publishing, a media company focused on the UK’s health, education and early years communities. Investor Publishing’s titles include HealthInvestor, EducationInvestor, NutritionInvestor, Nursery Management Today, Caring Times and The Journal of Dementia Care. HealthInvestor and Caring Times provide the health and social care sector with breaking news, analysis and comment and Investor Publishing hosts a number of major events across the year.
“I am in because… I believe social care is fundamentally undervalued and misunderstood by society and I want to help change those perceptions.”
Managing Director, Banyan Home Care Services
Vishal Shah is Founder and Managing Director of Banyan Home Care Services, Trustee and Treasurer of Care England, the leading representative body for independent care services in England, and Board Director of LogMyCare, an award-winning digital care planning platform. Vishal also chairs the Care England Young Care Leaders Group and is a founding member of the Digital Special Interest Group.
Vishal has over 15 years’ experience working at a senior level in an operational and advisory capacity across health and social care, including with national care providers Westminster Healthcare and Barchester Healthcare. Vishal has a particular interest in digital and technological innovation to support living longer, healthier, happier lives.
Vishal has had an extensive career in Corporate Finance and Investment previously with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Williams De Broe.
“I am in because… it is so important to recognise, celebrate and promote the incredible dedication, passion and specialist expertise of the social care sector and frontline teams that work tirelessly to provide essential support and care to improve the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable in our communities.”
Chief Executive, Oomph Wellness
Ben is Chief Executive of Oomph! Wellness. Having founded Oomph! In 2011 and acted as Chairman of The Care Workers Charity, Ben has extensive knowledge of the care sector and overcoming the complexities associated with bringing new products and services to market. Ben has advised and invested in a number of growing businesses through the Small Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS). Ben’s awards include “One to Watch” in the Health Investor Awards; Alumni Laureate Award, University of Hull; Deloitte Social Innovation Pioneer; New Radical, NESTA; Innovator of the Year, Spears; and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Shell LiveWire.
Quality in Care Delivery, Evidence and Compliance Digital care planning helps care workers escape the paperwork burden and focus on resident needs. With Sekoia, staff have access to all relevant information at point of care. The result is attentive care and support with fewer errors.
Majesticare is one of the UK’s leading, boutique care providers. With an ever-growing portfolio of luxury care homes across Worcestershire, the Homes Counties, Wiltshire and Somerset, they have been specialising in luxury respite, residential, nursing & dementia care for over 20 years.
Established in 2019, the Hallmark Care Homes Foundation is an independent grant-making corporate foundation registered with the Charity Commission. Funded and founded by Hallmark Care Homes Ltd, which has a proud history of supporting charitable causes, the Hallmark Care Homes Foundation aims to deliver a long-term legacy to the charity sector in ways which the company alone would not be capable of achieving.
Established in 2017, the CareTech Foundation is the leading corporate foundation in the social care sector. Founded and funded by leading specialist care provider CareTech plc, the Foundation is an independent grant-making charity that supports and champions the social care sector, care workers and those living in care.
Chief Executive Officer, CareTech plc
Haroon Sheikh is Chief Executive Officer of Caretech plc. Haroon, a London University graduate, is one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs, philanthropists and community figureheads and one of the founders of CareTech plc. Haroon brings commercial acumen, related industry experience and property knowledge which has been essential in the growth of the business.
As Chief Executive Officer, Haroon is actively involved in the day-to-day running of the business and over time has been instrumental in nurturing and supporting the senior management team, bringing together disciplines in care, commerce and property. He has a deep commitment and passion to delivering high-quality care and support to people with a learning disability.
In 2008, Haroon and his brother Farouq were winners of the highly valued Coutts Family Business Prize and widely applauded for the quality and social integrity of the company they created.
Haroon is Patron and Enterprise Fellow of the Prince’s Trust and is also Vice Chair of the UK Advisory Council of the British Asian Trust under the patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales.
“I am in because… we need to reach out to those who work in the sector and try to do more for them.”
As one of the founders of Sekoia, Morten has spent enough days and nights in a care home to understand and appreciate the work being done here. Morten and the rest of Sekoia regard themselves as “Q to 007”. By providing care staff with a bulletproof tech kit, they target their vision of enabling care.
“I am in because… of the importance. With what we do, there is simply no way we could pass on such an opportunity to support a more visible and valued social care sector. It’s why we were founded in the first place.”
Partner and Head of Health and Social Care, Harrison Clark Rickerbys
Rebecca is a Partner within the corporate department and the head of the Health and Social Care team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys (HCR). In addition to her work as a solicitor, she is also a qualified barrister and Notary Public Rebecca’s focus is assisting businesses to achieve their potential, whether through buying, selling or restructuring. She is committed to delivering the best possible service to her clients and gives commercial and pragmatic advice.
Rebeccas’s expertise is regularly called upon to speak at various Health and Social Care conferences and seminars and contributing to sector press articles. In addition, she sits on the board of the West Midlands Care Association.
“I am in because… I recognise that social care providers often go above and beyond for the people they look after, so I think it’s only right that we do the same for you.”
Head of Brokerage – Care, Christie & Co
Martin is Christie & Co’s Head of Brokerage for the Care sector. Having joined the company in 2002, he has been specialising solely in the healthcare sector since 2006. Specialisms include advising clients on the sale of high value portfolio’s and individual assets, specialist care businesses, multi-site disposal projects and insolvency/distressed situations. He works across both the elderly and specialist care arenas.
“I am in because… of a simple reason – this sector is an amazing place to be. By helping to raise awareness of the good work it does, every day, I’d like to think we can make a difference.”
Executive Director, The Care Workers Charity
Karolina has been a care worker for twelve years alongside being an experienced Director in several capacities within the non-profit sector. She is passionate about social care and social justice and never misses a chance to advocate for care workers. Another passion of hers is women’s rights and she is currently also an Advisor for the Women’s Equality Party. Karolina has been invited to participate in many media experiences as a voice for care workers to raise awareness of their under-valued hard work. However, through all this, her love for caring for those in need has never wavered and she continues to work as a care worker in addition to her other roles.
“I am in because… the determination, commitment and sacrifice of the care workforce deserves recognition.”
Head of Care, Towergate Insurance Brokers
Carolyn is a respected industry leader with over 35 years’ experience within the care insurance sector. She works across a wide spectrum of insurance product and policy development, delivery and optimisation for care industry clients, including managing global corporate accounts, working closely with trade associations, and helping clients in protecting their businesses and personal assets. She has strong relationships with many of the top care providers and understands the pressures care providers face and the fantastic work that goes on in the industry.
“I am in because… I feel passionately that by working together we can raise the profile of social care and those people who work tirelessly often with little recognition for the incredible job they do.”
Chief Operating Officer, Majesticare Care Homes
Angela has been the Chief Operating Officer for Majesticare Care Homes since 2017, having worked various roles for the Luxury Care Group since she joined as a home manager back in 2006.
Angela’s strong values are what drives her in every aspect of her life and her passion for the social care industry and those that live and work in it has led to her being involved in various projects across the sector including the care sector fund raising ball and being a Founding member of the Care Society, an organisation that aims to change the Social care sector one conversation at a time.
“I am in because… the Championing for Social Care Campaign is a perfect fit for me, it enables me to shout about and raise the awareness of the amazing creativity and heart that flows through the care sector whilst working with like-minded people with aligned values.”
Chairman, Hallmark Care Homes
Avnish Goyal qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand in 1991 after graduating from Newcastle University with an Honours degree in Accounting and Finance. He is the Chair of industry-leading care provider Hallmark Care Homes that he founded with his brothers in 1997. Over the last 23 years, the company has won numerous awards for delivering outstanding care as well as national awards for building some of the best care homes in the country.
In 2010, Avnish set up the Hemraj Goyal Foundation in memory of his late father, supporting charities on issues such as trafficking, menstrual dignity, empowerment of women and education of children from disadvantaged backgrounds both in the UK and abroad.
Avnish is proud to be the Chair of Care England, the largest trade association for the care sector, and the founding Trustee and now Patron of The Care Workers’ Charity as well as an Ambassador of the Alzheimer’s Society. Avnish founded the Care Sector Fundraising Ball, which has so far raised £350,000.00 for charities related to social care.
“I am in because… social care is such an important part of the fabric of society, supporting hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people, it employs dedicated and passionate teams and the great work that they do needs shouting about.”
Founder and Chairman, Precious Homes
As the founder of Precious Homes, Mitesh has been involved in the care sector for over 25 years. Originally a graduate trainee in the City with a keen interest in property development, Mitesh turned his attention to the social care sector, developing bespoke properties tailored to the needs of the individual. Today, Precious Homes operates 40 residential and supported living services around the UK, providing high quality, person-centred support for individuals with autism and complex needs.
“I am in because… social care in the UK plays a vital role in our society. It takes skill, knowledge and a special kind of person to fulfil the demands of the role and is a job that deserves to be applauded, recognised and celebrated. We need to put social care in the spotlight to create dialogue and positive change for those who rely on the care sector for support.”
Associate – Healthcare, Knight Frank
Mandip is an Associate working in Knight Frank’s Healthcare team, spearheading their consultancy offering.
In 2013, Mandip became a member of the Senior Management Team of a UK luxury care home developer and operator where he advised on the due diligence of sites, sourcing development land, conducting financial appraisals of sites and analysing the performance of operational care homes.
Since joining Knight Frank in 2017, Mandip has used his strategic and development expertise within the care home sector to provide consultancy services to healthcare investors, developers and operators. Mandip also sits on a commercial board within Knight Frank where initiatives are created and strategy is formulated to support the people of the firm.
“I am in because… this fantastic initiative promotes the great work that is done within the social care sector.”