LaingBuisson prides itself on having a fully independent judging panel to assess all our nominations. This year our judging panel includes

Sharon Allen

Chief Executive Office at Skills for Care

Sharon has worked in the public and voluntary sector, social care and supported housing sectors for more than 30 years. A qualified social worker and housing professional, Sharon became Chief Executive Officer of Skills for Care in 2010, having previously been CEO of a large social care and supported housing organisation. Sharon is a member of the Think Local, Act Personal (TLAP) Programme Board and Chair of Operations Committee of the CHS Group (Housing Association) in Cambridge.  Sharon was awarded an OBE in June 2015 for services to social care, homeless people and housing.

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.

Candice is an active contributor to the CMS Life Science and Healthcare sector. She has led teams which won awards for Legal Adviser of the Year in 2009, 2016 and 2018. She is on the British Property Federation Healthcare Committee, is a regular speaker at Industry Conferences, and was a non- executive member of Healthcare UK 2015-2017.

Elizabeth Boultbee

Elizabeth Boultbee, FIFA, FIPA, MIEx
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”.

Nick Bosanquet

 Emeritus Professor of Health Policy. Imperial College
Chief Investigator for part of the Salford Lung Study. Special Advisor to the Commons Health Committee. 2001-10. Recent paper on “The NHS: How to make a Success of the Next 70 Years.”

David Cole

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.

Stephen Collier

Stephen is an active Chairman across public-sector and private-sector health and care organisations.   He is Chair of Eden Futures, the Sovereign Capital backed supported living provider; Chair of NHS Professionals, the Department of Health owned flexible workforce provider; and a non-executive Director and Chair of Workforce at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

He is also sector advisor to a number of investors and operators; and a Trustee of Resurge Africa, a charity working in Ghana and Sierra Leone.

Stephen initially practised as a barrister before choosing healthcare management as his executive career, which in turn ultimately saw him becoming Group Chief Executive of BMI Healthcare in 2011, from which role he stepped down at the end of 2014.   He is based in London.


Clare Connell

Clare is the founder and managing director of Connell Consulting, a strategy consultancy dedicated to the health, social care and special education sectors. Connell Consulting has a large and growing market share of the UK health and social care commercial due diligence market and works on several billions of pounds worth of private equity transactions each year. The business also provides strategic and operational consultancy services to the leading operators in the sector. In 2016 Connell Consulting won ‘Consultants of the year – Strategic’ at the HealthInvestor Awards and for the last 2 years Clare has been one of the HealthInvestor Power 50. Clare graduated from Durham University and has worked in strategic consulting for almost 20 years, starting her career at the Strategy Practice of Accenture.

Issy Corbett

Issy Corbett leads the Healthcare M&A practice at PwC. The team’s focus is on advising clients in the UK and continental Europe in respect of potential transactions in the broader healthcare sector. Our experience encompasses the full range of corporate finances services, including IPOs, sell-side advice, buy-side advice, debt financing and restructuring.

Issy has worked on over sixty transactions over the last 13 years during his time at PwC and previously Rothschild. Key recent transactions have been completed in the children’s services, adult services and dental sub-sectors.

Ben Faircloth

Ben is a Partner and Head of the European Healthcare practice at L.E.K. Consulting. He has over 17 years of consulting experience focused on supporting clients across Healthcare Services and Medtech to achieve rapid growth. His experience encompasses a variety of disciplines including strategic planning, market entry strategies, and transaction due diligence. Ben has an MBA from London Business School, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a degree in French and German from Oxford University.

Pam Garside

Pam Garside has her own management consultancy Newhealth, working in health care systems and digital health in the UK and USA. She is a Fellow of the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge and a member of the Investment Committee of Cambridge Enterprise, the technology transfer company of the University. Pam founded and co-chairs The Cambridge Health Network, is an angel investor and sits on a number of boards. She holds a BSc from the University of Durham and a Masters Degree in Hospital and Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota.

Andrew Haldenby

Andrew Haldenby co-founded Reform in 2001. He became Director of Reform in May 2005. His previous organisations included the Confederation of British Industry, the Centre for Policy Studies and the Conservative Party (1995-97).

There he became head of the political section of the Conservative Research Department, with responsibility for briefing the Shadow Cabinet and Leader for key media interviews and appearances. Andrew studied History at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (1990-1993).

He has an MSc in Economics from Birkbeck College, University of London. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.

David Hare

David Hare, chief executive, NHS Partners Network

David leads the independent sector NHSPN, concentrating on NHS reform and promoting the contribution that independent sector healthcare providers can make in the modern, pluralist NHS, and the benefits their involvement brings to patients and commissioners.

Previously David was a Director at The Whitehouse Consultancy, a political communications firm based in London. At Whitehouse David built and led the company’s public services team, providing advice and support to a wide range of organisations involved in delivering health, education, children’s services, social care and welfare-to-work programmes.

David has also acted as the Director of Strategy for the LIFT Council, the trade body that represents the private sector equity investors in the Local Improvement Finance Trust programme, overseeing all of their engagement with Government bodies.

David has also worked in Parliament as well as being a Parliamentary Adviser to a large national charity.

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.

Liz Jones

Liz is a Partner at mid-market Private Equity firm, Livingbridge, where she has spent the last seventeen years.  She leads their health and education sector, where Livingbridge has been active for two decades, investing in 19 platforms and over 65 bolt on acquisitions.  Today, Livingbridge has a portfolio of seven active investments in the sector, including Helping Hands, a national homecare provider; Witherslack, a provider of education and care in the SEN market; Four Eyes, a medical productivity and clinical services consultancy and Create Fertility, a provider of mild and natural IVF.  It has also recently successfully exited Portman Dental, the fastest growing private led dental group in the UK.  Prior to Livingbridge, Liz spent seven years at Barclays, including a four-year spell at Barclays Ventures.

Bhavna Keane-Roa

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.  She then joined the precursor of the CQC and was with the organisation as it transitioned into the current 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. BKRCC are now one of the largest independent consultancy specialising in developing quality systems, addressing issues of compliance, and working with care providers, solicitors, banks, commissioners.

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 has a unique flare for understanding people and has built a company, and indeed its services, on relationships and trust.

Through working with providers, stakeholders and service users Bhavna and her carefully selected team of consultants have secured the futures of over 600 services, over 20,000 service users’ homes and 35 000 jobs nationwide.

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 ensuring that the impact of her reputation and knowledge informs the care of the future as well as the care of today.

Cora McCall

I have worked as an equity research analyst in healthcare services and medical technology for 20 years. I began my 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, I have 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 Mobbs

‘Most people will recognise David Mobbs as the former Group Chief Executive Officer of Nuffield Health, who devised and led Nuffield Health’s transformation to become the UK’s only integrated health provider. After 13 years in post, David stepped down as CEO at the end of last year. He now has a successful career as an investor, non-executive Chair, and strategy advisor in healthcare. David is recognised as an innovative and influential healthcare leader, has extensive experience across the sector, and is regularly invited to participate in health policy thinking at the highest level.’



Jocelyn Ormond

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.

Alex Ramamurphy

Alex is CEO of the Care Workers Charity (CWC). Prior to joining the Charity in December 2016, Alex spent six years in the start-up scene building socially minded businesses. In his previous role, Alex joined a young team with the goal of tackling social isolation and loneliness in old age using technology. Technology that went on to be used by Her Majesty the Queen, following an invitation to Buckingham Palace for a demo, and across the NHS as a telemedicine tool.

Alex is driven to solve big problems, and having spent 10 years visiting his grandmother in a local care home and seeing the effects long hours and mentally draining work can have on care workers, he was passionate to join CWC. Following a transformative 12 months, Alex is taking even more ambitious and innovative approaches to get the Charity closer to their vision, where no care worker will ever face financial hardship alone.

Bob Ricketts

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.

For the past 5 years Bob has lead the development and implementation of NHS England’s strategy for improving the quality and value for money of commissioning support services, including the £2bn Lead Provider Framework and the regulation of in-housing support by CCGs. Since the Spring of 2017, he has been focused on developing proposals to provide transformation, advanced analytical and population health management support to the new Integrated Care Systems (which are key to NHS reform, the joining-up of health and social care, and delivery of the new 10 year NHS Plan). This culminated in the launch of NHS England’s Health System Support Framework in August.

Leonid Shapiro

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.

Karol Sikora

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.


Susan Elizabeth Smith

In her medical and hospital career Sue Smith held many hospital leadership positions in the UK. Following a nurse training and a number of posts in the NHS she then went on to be an executive leader of 3  UK hospitals most recently serving as Chief Executive Officer of the Princess Grace Hospital.

In 2011 Sue started her own healthcare consultancy and has undertaken a number of national and international projects providing the opportunity to be involved in healthcare settings outside of the traditional hospital setting.

She was appointed as CEO to the Independent Doctors Federation in October 2016 and is also an Advisory Board Member to SweetTree Home Care Services, Board Chair of The Evewell and a trustee of the HCA International Foundation.


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.

Sally is a member of the Numis Healthcare research team that has been voted number one for the past four years (2015-2018) in the Extel Survey (UK Small & Mid-Caps) and individually Sally is ranked within the top three research analysts in the survey. 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.


Jane Townson

Chief Executive, Somerset Care Group

Dr Jane Townson was appointed as Chief Executive of the Somerset Care Group in June 2015, after joining the Board as a Non-Executive Director in April 2011. Jane’s first career was spent 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 nutrition and health, working with private individuals and public sector organisations. From 2005 to 2014 she was a Non-Executive Director of the Board of the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, gaining significant experience in corporate, clinical and social care governance. Jane is also currently a director of the UK Home Care Association; and Chairman of the Board of YourLife Management Services, a JV between Somerset Care and McCarthy and Stone.


Richard Vize

Richard Vize (@RichardVize) 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.

Andrew Whelan

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.