2016 LEADERS IN CARE EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT: Andrew Knight, managing director, Care UK

With Andrew Knight at the helm Care UK has successfully completed a £60 million public-private partnership with Suffolk County Council.

The mega, four-year project, which was delivered ahead of deadline and to budget, included the replacing of 16 ageing homes with 10 new properties. During his tenure, Andrew has consolidated Care UK’s position as one of the UK’s big five care home operators. Andrew’s strategy of repositioning the business towards higher paying self-funding residents has reaped dividends with average weekly fees rising to £763.

Care UK is aiming for 50% of its care home residents to be self-funded by 2020, and continues to make progress towards that goal with self-funders accounting for 37% in the second quarter of 2016, compared with 32% for the same quarter in 2015.

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The honours for the leading player have kept coming this year, with Care UK winning the Impact HR Midland HR Impact Award for best HR and Payroll Project Team for its work moving to a unified system that supports all of its 6,500 employees.

Andrew has spent more than 20 years in senior management positions working for Weight Watchers UK, Punch Taverns, Spirit Group, and Allied Domecq. He joined Care UK in February 2014.

The executive management category is sponsored by Nursing Hygiene Group.

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