Grand Prix winner 2017

Jane Ashcroft
Chief executive, Anchor Trust

Jane joined Anchor in 1999 from Bupa and was appointed Anchor’s chief executive in 2010. Since then Anchor has grown its care home operation with a strong focus on residential dementia care, and has achieved sector leading quality ratings and colleague engagement. Jane is a trustee of The Silverline, an older people’s helpline and a non-executive director of Dignity. She was a founder of Associated Retirement Community Operators, representing the growing market for retirement villages. Jane is also a board member of Care England, the largest representative body for providers of adult social care and vice-chair of the National Housing Federation. Jane is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. She was made a CBE in 2013 for services to older people.

Picked by both the Power 50 shortlist themselves and by readers’ votes, the HealthInvestor Power 50 Grand Prix is awarded to the person, regardless of speciality, who has been deemed to have had the best year in healthcare. 


Leading investor winner 2017

Mike Adams
Chief executive, Octopus Healthcare

Mike joined Octopus Healthcare (previously known as MedicX) in 2005 and has overall responsibility for the strategic direction of the award-winning Octopus Healthcare.

Since joining, Mike has led on the launch of multiple healthcare property investment funds, including the LSE-listed MedicX Fund and the private investment vehicles, MedicX Healthfunds I and II. Over the last couple of years, Mike has been heavily focused on creating brilliant new healthcare businesses, partnering with best-in-class entrepreneurs to develop sector-transforming businesses. This includes the high-end care and retirement operator, Aura Care Living and the specialist education needs operator, Aurora Schools Group. Both businesses are now operational and being recognised across the sector as revolutionary and delivering a unique customer and patient-centric offering.

The HealthInvestor Power 50 Leading Investor title is awarded to the individual – whether at a private equity firm, family office, REIT or institutional fund – that has spearheaded the most innovative deals or portfolio company exits in 2017

The 2017 entries were:

  • Mike Adams, chief executive, Octopus Healthcare
  • Phil Bayliss, head of later living, Legal & General
  • John Goodey, senior vice-president – international, Welltower
  • Carrie Hiebeler, senior investment officer, Ventas
  • Kenneth MacKenzie, managing partner, Target Fund Managers
  • Andrew Ovey, head of healthcare, AXA IM – Real Assets
  • David Porter, managing partner, Apposite Capital
  • Tim Street, senior adviser, Patron Capital
  • Matthew Tooth, managing partner, BC Partners
  • Charlie Troup, managing partner, Duke Street

Deal maker winner 2017

David Jones
Head of healthcare & life sciences financial advisory, Deloitte

David is a partner in Deloitte Financial Advisory and leads the healthcare and life sciences corporatefinance advisory practice. For over 16 years at Deloitte, he has advised on a wide range of M&A in the healthcare sector. David remains at the forefront of the most high profile and innovative healthcare deals. In 2016 David was recognised as ‘Deal maker of the year’ at the HealthInvestor Power Fifty 2016. In addition, the team were recognised as ‘Corporate financier of the year’ at the HealthInvestor Awards 2017.

Prior to joining Deloitte, David was director of corporate development of Westminster Healthcare Group (including Priory Healthcare), one of the UK’s leading independent providers of elderly and specialist healthcare.

Well executed deals require a quality transactional lead, and the HealthInvestor Power 50 Deal Maker accolade goes to the leading corporate financier or property consultant that investors and operators wanted managing their deal in 2017. 

The 2017 entries were:

  • Issy Corbett, head of healthcare M&A, PwC
  • Justin Crowther, head of healthcare, Catalyst Corporate Finance
  • Tim Edghill, international director and head of European healthcare M&A, JLL
  • Julian Evans, head of healthcare and hotels, Knight Frank
  • Hedley Goldberg, managing director, Rothschild
  • David Jones, head of healthcare and life sciences financial advisory, Deloitte
  • Richard Lunn, managing director – care, Christie & Co
  • Tom Morgan, senior director – healthcare advisory, CBRE
  • Andrew Nicholson, partner, KPMG
  • David Sanders, executive director, DC Advisory

Capital provider winner 2017

Paul Birley
Head of healthcare, Barclays

Paul has worked at Barclays for 36 years and has led the bank’s healthcare team for the last 16 years. During that time Barclays has expanded its portfolio of healthcare clients. Paul takes an active part in supporting the sector whilst also being a regular participant at industry events. The team’s aim is “to give people in care a better experience” and this is achieved by supporting operators who look to deliver high quality care. Barclays has won the HealthInvestor Lender/Bank of the Year award six times in the last nine years.

M&A and company expansion just isn’t possible without injections of capital from lenders. This award celebrates the healthcare lead at a bank or alternative capital providers that has been the most supportive to operators and investors in 2017. 

The 2017 entries were:

  • Paul Birley, head of healthcare, Barclays
  • Derek Breingan, head of health and social care, Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank
  • Patrick Grant, partner, Alpha Real Capital
  • Jeremy Huband, head of healthcare, HSBC
  • Dasos Kirtsides, national head of healthcare – business development, Santander Corporate & Commercial Bank

Outstanding leader winner 2017

Iain Anderson
Group chief executive, NFA Group

Iain is group chief executive of NFA Group, the largest independent provider of children’s services in the UK. With 25 years’ of senior director level experience in healthcare for prestigious organisations like Sodexo, Bupa, Primecare and Healthcall, Iain was headhunted to lead and develop NFA.

His original background in the hospitality sector in the UK and overseas has given Iain a strategic focus on quality, value, and service delivery which he has applied to this highly regulated sector.

Iain’s leadership style centres on teamwork and leading from the front. He believes that, in giving direction and communicating you will succeed in your goals because you will create relationships built on the values of mutual trust, respect, loyalty, confidence and support.

In the current economic climate Iain recognises the importance of working closely with those who hold statutory responsibility for children’s services, and that the increased demands on local authority budgets and resources calls for value innovation and effective use of resources; and Iain’s approach embraces this with an ultimate objective of making a real difference in the quality of life to children and young people.

Health and social care providers operate in undeniably tough trading conditions and growing companies in this environment require a resilient, visionary and pragmatic leader. The HealthInvestor Power 50 Outstanding Leader prize is given in recognition of the chief executive who encapsulates these qualities and more, and has steered their company most successfully through the year. 

The 2017 entries were:

  • Iain Anderson, group chief executive, NFA Group
  • Jane Ashcroft, chief executive, Anchor Trust
  • Pete Calveley, chief executive, Barchester Healthcare
  • Andrew Cannon, chief executive, Voyage Care
  • Joy Chamberlain, chief executive Elysium Healthcare
  • Steve Gray, chief executive, Nuffield Health
  • Avnish Goyal, managing director, Hallmark Care Homes
  • Mike Neeb, chief executive, HCA Healthcare UK
  • Mike Parish, chief executive, Care UK
  • Jeremy Richardson, chief executive, brighterkind
  • Nick Sanderson, chief executive, Audley Retirement
  • Tony Stein, chief executive, Healthcare Management Solutions
  • John Strowbridge, managing director, Avery Healthcare
  • Daya Thayan, chief executive, Kingsley Healthcare
  • Trevor Torrington, chief executive, Priory Group

Sector specialist winner 2017

Leonid Shapiro
Managing partner, Candesic

Leonid is a medical doctor and seasoned management consultant. He leads most of Candesic’s healthcare projects for private operators, investors and the NHS. He has served Fortune 100 companies in the areas of healthcare, technology, and communications focusing on strategy, marketing, and organisation. Prior to founding Candesic, Leonid was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company working heavily in McKinsey’s healthcare and technology practices. He has also advised Hewlett-Packard on medical imaging product development. He holds a D.Phil. from Magdalen College, Oxford in radiological imaging and a MD from Duke University in North Carolina. He speaks English and Russian.

Necessary to every deal or company expansion plan, because of their deep sector knowledge, are the due diligence advisors. The HealthInvestor Power 50 Sector Specialist award is presented to the advisor who has shown themselves most indispensable on transactions or as a source of strategic advice in 2017.

The 2017 were:

  • Clare Connell, managing director, Connell Consulting
  • Giles Johnson, partner, CIL
  • Andrew McKechnie, private health sector lead, PwC
  • Leonid Shapiro, managing partner, Candesic
  • Jonathan Sparey, head of Europe, LEK Consulting

Non-executive director

Douglas has been in health and social care for over 30 years, and has worked in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. Between 2006 and 2010 he was chief executive of Voyage Care, the leading provider of specialist care for people with learning disabilities and acquired brain injuries. He was also chairman of care development company Castleoak and a founder director and chairman of Your Care Rating.

Douglas is currently chairman of the NFA Group, the UK’s leading provider of specialist services for children; chairman of Baywater Healthcare, a provider of home oxygen, respiratory and telehealth services; chairman of Deeside Care, an operator of premium elderly care services; an operating partner at Duke Street; and a non-executive director of Voyage Care.

The HealthInvestor Power 50 NED prize is given to an individual who has shown themselves to be a dynamic, must-have non-executive director or chairman of a care company by being the perfect foil to the executive teams and an invaluable font of knowledge.  

The 2017 entries were:

  • Robbie Barr
  • Mike Parsons
  • Chai Patel
  • Douglas Quinn
  • Ted Smith

Ones to Watch – sponsored by Kingsley Healthcare

It is important to not only celebrate the players at the top of their game in the world of healthcare, but also those up and coming individuals who will be the influencers of the future. So in recognition of the fantastic talent operating in the market today, Kingsley Healthcare and HealthInvestor has worked together to create our ‘Ones to Watch’ shortlist for the first time in 2017.

The shortlist was compiled from names put forward by the 2017 Power Fifty and the following 10 sector stars of the future represent some of the brightest and best individuals building careers in the health and social care sector.


One to watch winner 2017

Jayne Davey
Chief operating officer, Voyage Care

Described by one Power Fifty member as “the best operator in the sector bar none”, Jayne became Voyage Care’s chief operating officer in March 2015, with responsibility for operations, IT and projects.

Jayne was tipped by another of the Power Fifty as “a CEO in the making” and described as “energetic, knowledgeable and a first class operator”. Jayne joined Voyage in 2013 as director of quality and improvement, driving the development of the company’s quality and governance framework.

Jayne was previously with Allied Healthcare, where she was the director responsible for the quality, safety and governance functions along with other key support and customer-facing services.

Since 2005, she has held a number of senior positions within health and social care and prior to working in the sector, was customer service director at Chubb Fire and Security.

The Ones to Watch 2017 shortlist:

  • Binni Adu, chartered surveyor, CBRE
  • Jonathan Clark, group finance director, Core Assets
  • Jayne Davey, chief operating officer, Voyage Care
  • Christian Dubé, director, August Equity
  • John Gladstone, director, JLL
  • Nicolas Mallet, partner, Antin Infrastructure Partners
  • Lorraine McGarry-Wall, chief operating officer, brighterkind
  • James Mesquitta, head of corporate healthcare finance, Santander UK Corporate & Commercial
  • Caroline Smith, chief executive assurance officer, Nuffield Health
  • Michael Voges, executive director, ARCO