Jane Ashcroft, chief executive of Anchor Trust, was last night named the ‘Grand Prix’ winner of the 2017 HealthInvestor Power Fifty.

In front of a packed audience of the key movers and shakers in the independent health and social care sector at Gibson Hall, Financial Times journalist and Now Teach co-founder Lucy Kellaway announced the winners of the revamped Power Fifty.

This year the Power Fifty shortlist was divided into six different categories – leading investor, deal maker, outstanding leader, capital provider, sector specialist and non-executive director – and the Power Fifty asked to cast their votes for who should win each one.

They, along with HealthInvestor UK’s readers, were also asked to vote for an overall ‘Grand Prix’ winner – given to the member of the Power Fifty who has had the most impressive year.

This year's 'Grand Prix', Ashcroft, was described by her supporters as a “market shaper in terms of senior living” and a “strong spokesperson” for the care space. Meanwhile another praised her for her ability “to convey respect and gravitas whilst being at the same time approachable and charming”.

To see the individual category winners, click here.

Additionally, the evening saw the announcement of the ‘One to watch’, sponsored by Kingsley Healthcare. The prize acknowledges a person within the sector who will be an influencer of the future. The inaugural ‘One to Watch’ accolade went to Jayne Davey, chief operating officer of Voyage Care.

To see the full ‘Ones to Watch’ shortlist, compiled from names put forward by the Power Fifty, click here.

Download the results booklet from the night here:

The industry’s most influential leaders

22 November 2017

Gibson Hall, 13 Bishopsgate,

London, EC2N 3BA

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The Power Fifty 2017

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