The UK’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care for older people with over 100 homes Anchor has thrived under the leadership of Jane Ashcroft CBE.
The business reached a new milestone this year when it was named one of The Sunday Times Best 100 Not for Profit Companies, coming 81st on the list.
This year has seen Anchor launch a number of innovations in care design and leisure activities. These include the installation of humidity reducing ventilation systems at its luxury retirement complex in Church Cookham, near Fleet. Residents at its Greenhive care home in South London, meanwhile, this year participated in an immersive theatre project, which involved poetry writing and planting flowers.
Recent new developments for the business have included the £16.6 million second phase expansion of the Bishopstoke Park luxury retirement village near Winchester and 72 luxury retirement apartments in Fleet, Hampshire.
Jane joined Anchor from Bupa in 1999. She was appointed chief executive in 2010. The Anchor head is a trustee of The Silverline, a helpline for older people and a non-executive director of Dignity plc. Jane is also a Board member of ARCO, representing retirement community operators and a Board member of Care England, the largest representative body for providers of adult social care.
In 2014 Jane undertook the role of commissioner on the review of the long term care sector chaired by Paul Burstow MP. She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries, a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
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