The Judges

LaingBuisson prides itself on having a fully independent judging panel with industry knowledge and category-specific skill sets to assess every entry. 

Experts from across the industry

Alex Ramamurthy



Alex spent the last two years as CEO of The Care Workers Charity (CWC), where he led CWC through a transformative period resulting in several award wins. Prior to joining the Charity, Alex spent six years in the startup scene building socially minded businesses focussed on improving wellbeing for those in later life. These businesses went on to be acquired by the NHS and Age UK. Alex is driven to solve big problems and stepped down from CWC in Nov-18 to launch Mirthy, an online marketplace for care homes to rent out communal space to host older adults for day clubs. Alex also sits on several boards including the Care Innovation Hub as Chairman, the startup incubator for the care sector, that has received backing from the Department for Health and Social Care.

Andrew McKechnie


PwC Network

Andrew is a PwC Healthcare Strategy Partner and the PwC Healthcare Deals Leader.

Andrew runs strategy assignments and commercial due diligence projects across all areas of Healthcare for corporate clients, Private Equity and the NHS. He has over 20 years of experience in advising in the Healthcare industry and currently leads a dedicated healthcare strategy team of over 20 individuals as part of PwC’s Deals Strategy business of c.150 people covering all sectors.

Andrew Whelan


Future Care Capital

Andrew is the founding Chairman of Future Care Capital, Chief Executive of Westcott Care and Investment Specialist at Healthcare UK, an organisation within the Department of International Trade focused on promoting the UK health and care sector overseas and encouraging foreign direct investment into the UK. For over a decade, Andrew advised health and social care organisations on corporate strategy and business development in his role as a senior investment banker at Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan. He used his experience to establish Westcott Care to help elderly clients and their families find the right care, at the right time and in the right setting to meet their individual needs. This theme of unified care has flowed into his work at Future Care Capital, Healthcare UK and other projects.

Andy Tilden


Skills for Care

Andy Tilden is Interim CEO of Skills for Care. His substantive Director role covers leadership and management, Standards, learning qualifications and apprenticeships, employer engagement, area teams and oversight of Affina OD. He initially trained as a teacher. He has been a residential care worker, a trainer and manager in the NHS and a qualified social worker working in juvenile justice, child protection and learning disability services. Before he joined Skills for Care he helped set up and run a charity delivering qualifications, learning and development to the care sector.

Ben Penaliggon

Care Home Director

Octopus Healthcare

Ben has responsibility for all investment across the care home portfolio and chairs the Octopus Healthcare Investment Committee. He is also a member of the Octopus Healthcare Executive Committee.

Bhavna Kean-Rao

Founder & Director

BKR Care Consultancy

Bhavna has over 30 years’ experience working in Health and Social Care. Initially as a Care Service Manager before working as an Inspector with the Local Authorities following this she joined CQC. With over 23 years of regulatory inspection background, first as a regulatory inspector and then a senior practitioner Bhavna developed strong working relationships with large corporate providers and smaller independent homes alike.

Bhavna is one of the founders and directors of BKR Care Consultancy Ltd, providing support to care providers within the health and social care sector. Bhavna has worked with Local Authorities and the Welsh Assembly to drive improvement not only in the quality of care people receive but also the standard of facility offered.

Bhavna is currently a member of the advisory board to the International Care Ethics (ICE) Observatory at Surrey University and a trustee for the Ethoxs foundation.

Dr Jane Townson


United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA)

Jane is an award-winning CEO, Chairman and leader of a range of businesses in regulated industries from social and health care to housing, and from food production to medical screening, that meet some of the most fundamental human needs. She has extensive experience in the not-for-profit and for-profit social care, health and housing sectors, including homecare, housing with care, supported living, care homes, training, and the NHS. Formerly CEO Somerset Care Group; Chairman YourLife (JV with McCarthy & Stone); and Vice Chairman UKHCA. Jane’s first career was in international leadership roles in research and development in ICI, AstraZeneca and Syngenta, where she was Global Head of Bioscience Research. She then established her own business providing consultancy and training on the link between lifestyle factors and health, working with private individuals and local authorities in the field of public health.

Bob Ricketts

Director of Commissioning Support Strategy & Market Development

NHS Commissioning Board

An experienced policy maker, who has worked in senior roles in the NHS, Department of Health and latterly NHS England for over 35 years. Whilst at the Department, as a Senior Civil Servant, Bob led the development and implementation of policy to introduce patient choice and the roll-out of diagnostic and treatment centres (both including independent sector participation), the transformation of community services, enabling the participation of social enterprises in health care, and key elements of the NHS Reform Bill.

Candice Blackwood



Candice is a Real Estate Partner with CMS and leads the health sector property team. She has acted regularly on repeat inward investment to the UK from US and Asian clients. She advises on complex cross border healthcare acquisitions, disposals, financings and large scale asset management projects for numerous leading healthcare operators and investors.  She has advised in both the private and public sectors, and on primary care, care home, hospitals, social housing and retirement living developments.

Charlotte Pickles



Charlotte took up the role of Director in April, but previously spent three years as Reform’s Deputy Director. During her hiatus from Reform she was first Capitalism Editor and columnist, and then Managing Editor, of the media start up

Charlotte has worked in a variety of roles across the public, private and third sectors looking at how to reform public services in order to deliver better outcomes and better value for money. She started her public policy career at the Centre for Social Justice before heading into government as Expert Advisor to then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith. After leaving government Charlotte spent time advising a major police force, and then working as a management consultant in the public sector practice of a global consultancy firm.

Charlotte is a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) and the NHS Assembly.

Clare Connell

Managing Director

Connell Consulting

Clare leads the team at Connell Consulting and is well known within the private equity and corporate finance world for her extensive knowledge of health, social care and education. After graduating from Durham University, Clare has worked in strategy consulting for 20 years at the Strategy Practice of Accenture, OC&C Strategy Consultants and then 7 years as the most experienced Engagement Manager at Candesic. In the last 7 years Clare and her team at Connell Consulting have worked on a large volume of substantial transactions, strategic reports and operational improvement projects in the health, social care and special education markets. Connell Consulting won HealthInvestor Consultancy of the Year 2016 and Clare was voted Sector Expert by her peers in the 2018 HealthInvestor Power 50.

Colette Ord


Numis Securities

Colette has been a research analyst at Numis since December 2000. She spent six years analysing Building and Property equities before joining the Investment Companies Research team to specialise in Real Estate and Infrastructure companies. Her real estate coverage ranges from general diversified commercial funds to healthcare and long-lease REITs. Infrastructure coverage ranges from social (Hospitals, schools) and regulated assets to renewable generation and energy transition projects. She particularly enjoys understanding the breadth of assets which investors can get exposure to across these two broad areas. To this end, pressing management teams to provide greater transparency is a key focus. Her client base includes a broad range of institutional, multi-asset and wealth management firms who typically look to use real estate and/or infrastructure as an income diversifier.

Cora McCallum

Head of Investor Relations

Spire Healthcare Group

Cora worked as an equity research analyst in healthcare services and medical technology for 20 years. She began her career on the graduate scheme at Dresdner Kleinwort before progressing to Citi to lead the European MedTech research team, consistently achieving a top 3 ranking in the large cap Extel survey. Whilst at Investec, Cora worked extensively with the healthcare services franchise which has secured six corporate clients and a top 3 ranking in the small cap Extel survey.

David Cole


Vanguard Healthcare Solutions

David Cole’s career in healthcare spans 36 years.  A mental health nurse by background, and following roles in the NHS and with Priory Group, he has led or served on the boards of many specialist services in the UK, including Cygnet, Choice Care Group, Glenside, Lighthouse, and Castlebeck. Since 2017 David has been CEO of Vanguard Healthcare Solutions, an operator of flexible clinical capacity solutions with UK & international reach.

David Hare


NHS Partners Network

David leads the NHS Partners Network, the representative body for independent sector healthcare providers of services ranging through acute, primary, community, clinical home healthcare, diagnostics and dental.

Previously David was a Director at The Whitehouse Consultancy, a political communications firm.  David has also acted as Director of Strategy for the Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) Council, been Parliamentary Adviser to a large national charity, and worked in Parliament.

Dr Leonid Shapiro

Managing Partner


Leonid is a medical doctor, entrepreneur and management consultant and oversees Candesic’s corporate and commercial due diligence work. He consults Private Equity firms, Corporate Operators, and Government Organisations in the areas of healthcare, technology, and communications focusing on strategy, marketing, and organization. Prior to founding Candesic, Leonid was a senior consultant at McKinsey & Company, London, working heavily in healthcare and technology. He has also consulted to Hewlett-Packard in medical imaging product development. Leonid’s entrepreneurial ventures include being COO of a $126m software company and CEO of a telecommunications firm. He holds a D.Phil. from Magdalen College, Oxford in Radiological Imaging, a MD from Duke University in North Carolina, an undergraduate degree in Physics from Cornell University and is fluent in Russian and English.

Dr Pete Calveley


Barchester Health Care

After 8 years as CEO of Four Seasons Health Care, Dr Pete Calveley joined Barchester Healthcare in 2014, bringing to the company his extensive knowledge and understanding of the care sector. He leads a dedicated team of more than 14,000 Barchester staff who provide top quality services for more than 12,000 residents.

Pete is also a member of the Department of Health Forward Thinking Group, which informs policy decisions. He has been central to building awareness of the capability of independent operators to provide services that complement the NHS and in making the case for a joined up approach to health and social care funding.

Dr Victor Chua

Medical Director & Management Consultant

Mansfield Advisors

Victor is a medical doctor and management consultant. Prior to Mansfield Advisors, which he co-founded in 2013, he led another firm’s healthcare commercial due diligence team for 10 years and over 200 projects. Victor was previously a consultant in McKinsey & Company’s London office where he worked mainly in pharmaceuticals. His clinical career in the NHS was mostly in the East Anglian region where he was an ophthalmic surgeon. He holds a MB BChir from Cambridge University and is a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.  He is a Steward of the Hurlingham Polo Association and Trustee of the James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund.

Elizabeth Boultbee


Boultbee & Co

Elizabeth has been involved in the healthcare since 1987 when she landed a temp job in the finance department at BUPA on arrival from Australia. She left BUPA six years later having moved from finance into hospital management.

From 1994 to 2004 Elizabeth managed the private units at UCLH, Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital & Moorfields Eye Hospital before travelling the world as the Head of International Business for HCA.

In 2009 Elizabeth founded Boultbee & Co, a healthcare consulting company that has been involved in a wide range of international, transformation and operational projects In 2017 Boultbee & Associates was registered as a UAE company and opened an office in Dubai  enabling on the ground support for clients interested in the Middle Eastern markets.

Elizabeth has been the recipient of a number of awards including “Women in Business in the Arab World”.

Eilert Hinrichs


L.E.K Consulting

Eilert is a Partner in L.E.K. Consulting’s London office.  He has 20 years of consulting experience and is senior member of L.E.K.’s European Healthcare Services Practice and European Financial Services Practice. In both sectors he has completed many assignments across Europe, working closely with senior management teams in addressing key strategic issues, developing market entry strategies, improving commercial effectiveness, and providing transaction support on both the buy and sell sides.Eilert has profound understanding of the CEE healthcare systems where he advised on all major transactions over the past five years. Prior to joining L.E.K., Eilert worked in retail banking in Germany. He received a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Fridericiana University of Karlsruhe (KIT).

Jeremy Hughes


Alzheimer’s Society

Jeremy Hughes joined Alzheimer’s Society in November 2010. He is leading the charity in its five year transformational strategy ‘New Deal on Dementia’ 2017-22.  Jeremy co-chairs the Dementia Friendly Communities Champions Group with top broadcaster Angela Rippon for the UK Prime Minister.

Jeremy was previously Chief Executive of Breakthrough Breast Cancer where he was instrumental in providing visionary leadership, galvanising the charity’s research platform and its authority on campaigning and policy. Before that Jeremy was Head of External Affairs at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

His career in health and social care charities includes leadership posts at the British Red Cross, Leonard Cheshire, Muscular Dystrophy and NCH Action for Children.

Jeremy was the chair of National Voices 2009-14. He is currently the Co-chair of the UK Dementia Action Alliance and chair of the Global Alzheimers and Dementias Action Alliance. He is also a member of the World Dementia Council.


Jeremy was awarded the CBE, for services to older people, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015.

Jocelyn Ormond

Corporate Partner

Simmons & Simmons

Jocelyn Ormond is a corporate partner at international law firm Simmons & Simmons, and plays a leading role in developing the firm’s healthcare services practice in the UK and across the EMEA region. He has extensive experience of working with clients in the healthcare sector, and regularly advises operators and private equity investors in the sector on mergers & acquisitions and other strategic transactions. Jocelyn also has an interest in healthcare policy and has commented on industry developments in a range of publications.


Jeremy was awarded the CBE, for services to older people, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015.

Karl Sikora


Proton Partners International

Professor Karol Sikora is Chief Medical Officer and founder board member of Proton Partners International, which is building five UK proton therapy centres. He held the same positions at Cancer Partners UK, which built 10 UK IMRT and IGRT radiotherapy centres before it was sold to Genesis Care in 2015. He was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Cancer Medicine at Imperial College School of Medicine. He has also served as Chief of the WHO Cancer Programme. He is Dean of Medicine at Britain’s first independent Medical School at the University of Buckingham and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he obtained a double first.

Ken Anderson


Woodhaven Partners

Ken founded Woodhaven Partners in 2014,  he has spent the last four years as Senior Advisor to the Minister of Health at the Health Ministry in Saudi Arabia supporting their Healthcare Transformation Programme Vision 2020.

Previously with UBS in London for over 7 years.  Ken was the first Managing Director, and then Vice Chairman.  Ken has extensive experience with clients in a variety of industries with emphasis on government services, healthcare and energy.

Before joining UBS, Ken was the first Commercial Director at the Department of Health and a member of the departments managements board.  In this role he was responsible for the introduction of non-NHS provided clinical services; The Foundation Trust Corporations; negotiating the PPRS (the UK’s drug purchasing agreements) worth £12 billion annually, the rationalisation of the £14 billion NHS supply chain including the £20 billion outsourcing of NHS logistics.

Ken has over 30 years’ experience within Healthcare Operations in the UK, US, Europe and more recently in Middle East. Ken is Adjunct Professor of Finance and Health Managements at the Imperial College Business School and Senior Advisor with Greenhill Investment Bank.

In what Ken has left of his spare time he enjoys many sporting and country pursuits, as a keen photographer; Ken particularly enjoys travelling and sailing with his family, walking and swimming.

Prof. Martin Green


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 also Chair of the International Longevity Centre, a Trustee of Independent Age, Vice President of The Care Workers Charity, and a Champion of The National Aids Trust.

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.

In 2008 he was named care personality of the year and was awarded an OBE for Services to Social Care in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Martin Green writes and broadcasts extensively on social care issues and is on the Editorial Board of Community Care Market News and Care Talk magazine.

Matt James



Matt has played a leading role in forging closer relationships between private and public healthcare for nearly 15 years. He established PHIN in 2012 to help bring about urgently-needed improvements in transparency and information availability for patients. In 2014, PHIN secured approval from the Competition & Markets Authority as the official Information Organisation for private healthcare. Matt’s previous roles include Group Strategy Director for Care UK and Group External Affairs Director for Nuffield Health, two of the UK’s leading healthcare providers, and former representational roles include Chief Executive of the Private Hospitals Alliance and Vice-Chair of the NHS Partners Network. Before entering healthcare, Matt was a management consultant with AT Kearney, where he developed expertise in data analytics and large-scale change management.

Mike Parsons

Independent Non-Executive Director

McCarthy & Stone

Mike joined the Board of McCarthy & Stone in November 2013 as a Non-Executive Director. Mike founded Barchester Healthcare 23 years ago, following a successful career in advertising. Barchester is one of the largest independent healthcare providers in the UK. Mike is chairman of Breezie and Oomph, vice chair of Care England, the care sector trade association, and a non-executive director of Connect Physiotherapy. Mike also chairs Albion Care Communities, who are developing the next generation of care homes, and is a director of Martha Flora, the Dutch dementia specialist. Mike’s extensive knowledge of the healthcare sector and his experience of sales and marketing through his previous advertising career are valuable skills in respect of the customer facing management services side of our business.

Nadra Ahmed


National Care Association 

Nadra Ahmed has been involved in the field of social care for over 36 years, initially as the Registered manager of her services.. She has been Chairman of National Care Association since 2001 and recently stepped down as a Trustee of Parkinson’s UK in October 2018. Nadra is the Co-Convenor of the Cavendish Coalition which was set up to represent the Health and Social Care issues during the Brexit negotiations. She is a member of a number of advisory committees in the DoH and Home Office, including a number at Ministerial level, and served on government Taskforces. Nadra has recently been working on parts of the Green paper and the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill. She holds various positions within voluntary organisations, delivering services to vulnerable people in the community and in 2006 was awarded the OBE for her services to Social Care. Nadra is also a Kent Ambassador and Deputy Lieutenant of Kent

Nick Bosanquet

Emeritus Professor of Health Policy

Imperial College London

Professor Nick Bosanquet is a health economist who first carried out research on NHS funding in the 1980’s for the York Reports sponsored by the British Medical Association, the Royal College of Nursing and the Institute for Health Services Management.

Richard Muncaster


The Care Workers Charity

Richard joined The Care Workers’ Charity in October 2018 with 20 years’ experience in the charity sector working across a broad range of causes including environmental sustainability, disability rights, child protection and the arts.  He has led teams in a variety of income generation, marketing, programme delivery, membership, volunteering, communications, policy and campaigning roles. Richard believes that great care happens when care workers are valued and enabled to lead rewarding professional lives, and it is this belief that underpins his approach to leading The Care Workers Charity.

Richard Vize


Public Policy Media

Richard Vize has been a commentator on public policy and public services reform for more than 25 years. He is a columnist for Society Guardian, contributes to the British Medical Journal and works with a range of organisations across health and local government.

Richard is a former editor of both Health Service Journal and Local Government Chronicle, was managing director for media at Dods Parliamentary Communications and head of communications at regulator Ofsted. He and his teams have won a number of awards.

He is a trustee of the whistleblowing charity Protect. Richard’s passions are photography, independent travel and political history.

Sally Taylor



Sally joined Numis as a healthcare research analyst in 2014, having worked at JP Morgan Cazenove for 7 years before joining Barclays in 2011 to lead European Medtech and Services research. The Numis Healthcare research team was voted number one in the 2016 Extel Survey (UK Small & Mid-Caps) by investors and individually Sally ranked first, based on corporate votes. IPO experience includes Spire Healthcare, Georgia Healthcare Group and Diurnal. Sally qualified as a chartered accountant (FCA) with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and holds a first class honors degree in Medical Sciences.

Stephen Collier


NHS Professionals

Stephen is a serving Chairman. Current roles include chair of a privately backed business providing NHS general practice services; chair of a corporate healthcare start-up; and chair of an independent health coalition. He also provides healthcare advisory services to a number of organisations and investors.

After practice as a barrister, Stephen joined American Medical UK until the Company’s IPO (as AMI Healthcare) in the late 1980’s, when he became Chief Executive of Ross Hall Hospital.

He then managed a number of BMI Healthcare’s international healthcare investments and combined this with a legal and commercial role in the UK, majoring on financing and acquisitions.

Following a period as Strategy Director, he was appointed BMI‘s Group Chief Executive in 2011 and led its repositioning, recovery and refinancing – stepping down from that position at the end of 2014. He led BMI’s engagement with the OFT, the Competition Commission and the CMA. He was also chair of the NHS Partners Network until earlier his year.

Sue Smith


Independent Doctors Federation


Ted Smith

Chairman & Operating Partner

Dental Care Group

Ted serves as Chairman on the Board of four healthcare companies in the UK – Accomplish, Keys Care, Dental Care Group and Pharmacy2U. He is also G Square Private Equity’s UK Operating Partner. His previous career included senior roles with Boots the Chemist, WH Smith and the Big Food Group as well as board roles with Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster Family Health Services Authority and the Council of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. He was additionally Treasurer and Vice-Chairman for ECCA for six years.

Vic Rayner

Executive Director

National Care Forum

Vic Rayner is Executive Director of the National Care Forum, joining the organisation in 2016. The NCF is the strongest voice for the not for profit care sector, and works with its membership to drive forward the delivery of quality, person-centred care. As Executive Director she is the chair of the government Strategic Advisory Forum on the social care workforce, co 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. Vic 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. Prior to joining the NCF, she was the CEO of Sitra, a leading national membership body championing excellence in housing, health, care and support.

Justin Hutchens



Justin Hutchens joined HC-One in June 2017 following a 23-year career in the healthcare sector in the US. He joined from HCP Inc., where he was President and previously Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer.

Justin brings a rare breadth of expertise: starting his career as a front-line carer, he worked his way up to the top of the healthcare sector, and has acquired 15 years of experience in healthcare operations and eight years in healthcare investment.

Mark Stubberfield

Head of Sector Business Development

DAC Beachcroft

Mark Stubberfield is Head of Sector Business Development at DAC Beachcroft with a focus on the health sector. He has over 10 years’ experience working in a variety of marketing / BD roles in corporate law including focussing on M&A and financing at a magic circle firm and leading the life sciences business development function at one of the largest International law firms.

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