Ken Nolan, chairman of Accrington’s Springhill Care Group, has been named one of the top care professionals in the UK.
Ken, founder of the award-winning Group, which operates three care homes in Lancashire and Bristol along with a supported living service, was shortlisted for the 2012 UK Social Care Top 30, run in conjunction with industry magazine Care Talk.
The top 30 list, designed to showcase ‘real leadership and excellence’ in the sector, included representatives from across the industry.
Ken is also chair of the Lancashire Care Association and a founding member of the Social Care Partnership in Lancashire.
He was shortlisted alongside major names in the national care industry including the chief executives of the Care Quality Commission and English Community Care Association.
The winner was chosen at an event in London hosted by the BBC’s Jeremy Vine and attended by hundreds of people.
Ken said: “I was surprised and flattered to be shortlisted for the top 30 award, particularly as I was nominated by colleagues and the shortlist was decided by our peers in the care sector.
“I am privileged to work alongside such exceptional people at Springhill, who consistently go the extra mile to ensure the best possible care and quality of life for those we support.”
The overall winner was Jane Ashcroft, chief executive of national care organisation Anchor Trust.