Anchor’s Jane tops list of social care leaders

Anchor Chief Executive Jane Ashcroft has topped a high-profile list of the most influential movers and shakers in social care.

Jane, also Chair of the English Community Care Association, took the number one spot on the Social Care Top 30 at a ceremony hosted by BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine yesterday. The Top 30 is compiled by Care Talk magazine based on votes from readers and experts in the sector.

Care Talk editor Lisa Carr said: “Jane Ashcroft sets the agenda for older people’s services. She has influenced government policy and launched the Grey Pride campaign which got a Shadow minister for older people appointed to the Shadow Cabinet.

“She has mobilised 137,000 people to petition government on demographic change and has shone the spotlight on ageism in the media. Heading Anchor, a £264m organisation with almost 40,000 customers and 9,000 staff, she has driven high levels of customer satisfaction across Anchor’s services. And she has spearheaded an “inspiring and courageous vision of dementia care” at Anchor’s newest home, West Hall.”

The Top 30 was created to recognise:

  • Individuals with the vision to improve developments and outcomes in the sector 
  • Strong leaders who made a significant difference; and 
  • Key influencers and decision-makers

Jane said: “This reflects the amazing work of colleagues across Anchor to make older people happy. There were many inspirational figures on the Top 30 so to top the list is a huge honour.”

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