The conference features some of the highest profile leaders within the Care Industry who are here to present their views on the Future of Care. There are also two panel sessions where delegates can share their own experiences and ask questions.

Sally Magnusson


Sally Magnusson is an experienced journalist and broadcaster, who has worked on television and radio across news, current affairs, the arts, politics and religion, both in Scotland and London. She has presented a range of programmes for the BBC, from Breakfast News to reporting Scotland, which she still anchors, and a multitude of documentaries and investigations including Panorama.

Sally says “As a dementia charity founder myself, I have been passionate about raising the standards of elderly care for a number of years, so I am delighted to be chairing the Future of Care Conference this year. I’m particularly interested to hear the latest updates and experiences of those working within the industry, and look forward to discussing what’s next for the sector moving forward.”

Sally has won a Scottish Bafta and a Royal Television Society award. In 2004 her hard-hitting series Britain’s Secret Shame, credited with raising awareness of abuse of the elderly in Britain’s care homes, won an RTS award for Best Daytime Series. She has been a presenter of The Daily Politics on BBC 2 and anchored a range of daytime programmes, including Missing on BBC 1. On radio she was for many years the presenter of the popular genealogy programme Tracing Your Roots on Radio 4 and currently presents Sunday Morning with Sally Magnusson on Radio Scotland for a number of weeks each year.

Sally is the author of ten books, including the best-selling memoir ‘Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything’, which is also a Manifesto for profound social and cultural change in the way older people are treated, especially those with dementia. She received the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for Writing 2014 and was shortlisted for the Saltire Literary Book of the Year Award. The experience of caring for her mother led her to found the music and dementia charity, Playlist for Life.

    Dan Hayes

    Chief Executive, The Orders of St. John Care Trust

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    Jane Ashcroft CBE

    Chief Executive, Anchor

    Jane joined Anchor in 1999 from BUPA, which had acquired Care First Plc, where she was Personnel Director. She was appointed Chief Executive of Anchor on 9th March 2010. Prior to joining Care First she held HR and governance roles with Bromford Housing Group and Midlands Electricity Plc. Jane is a Trustee of The Silverline, a helpline for older people and a Non-Executive Director of Dignity Plc. She was a founder of Associated Retirement Community Operators, representing the growing market for retirement village provision in the UK and is currently Vice Chair. 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 which represents housing associations in England. Jane is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She was awarded a CBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to older people.

    Jeremy Hughes

    Chief Executive Officer, Alzheimer's Society

    Jeremy joined the Alzheimer's Society in November 2010. He is leading the charity in its five-year transformational strategy 'New Deal on Dementia' 2017-22. Jeremy co-chairs the Dementia Friendly Communities Champions Group with top broadcaster Angela Rippon for the UK Prime Minister. Jeremy was previously Chief Executive of Breakthrough Breast Cancer where he was instrumental in providing visionary leadership, galvanising the charity's research platform and its authority on campaigning and policy. Before that Jeremy was Head of External Affairs at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. His career in health and social care charities includes leadership posts at the British Red Cross, Leonard Cheshire, Muscular Dystrophy and NCH Action for Children. Jeremy was the chair of National Voices 2009-14. He is currently the Co-chair of the UK Dementia Action Alliance, chair of the Global Alzheimer's and Dementia's Action Alliance and Vice-Chair of the World Dementia Council. Jeremy was awarded the CBE, for services to older people, in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2015.

    Jeremy Walford

    Managing Director, Middleton Hall Retirement Village

    Jeremy has been Managing Director and Owner of Middleton Hall since accidentally taking over an almost bankrupt, failing nursing home in 1996, planning and implementing a transformation to a multi service retirement village. Middleton Hall provides facilities and services for around 200 residents in three independent living services and three care services. The retirement village has a swimming pool, gym, bowling green, golf course, restaurant, bistro, bar, recreational centre and shop. Middleton Hall's services include the first zero carbon retirement properties in the UK; a medical centre (GP practice) for the local community built with the NHS and a Dutch based small group living service for people living with dementia. Middleton Hall's care services were assessed by CQC as "Outstanding" in all five areas that CQC inspects in 2017. In March 2019, Jeremy is selling the company to its 180 employees through a John Lewis style Employee Ownership Trust.

    Lesley Carter

    Interim Head of Health Influencing, Age UK

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    Prof Martin Green OBE

    Chief Executive, Care England

    Professor Martin Green OBE has had an extensive career in NGO development, both in the UK and internationally, and is Chief Executive of Care England, the largest representative body for independent social care services in the UK. He is also Chair of the International Longevity Centre – UK and a Trustee of Independent Age, Vice President of the Care Workers Charity, and a Champion of the National Aids Trust. In 2013 he was appointed Visiting Professor of Social Care to Buckinghamshire New University. In 2012, in his role as Department of Health Independent Sector Dementia Champion, he led the development of the Dementia Care and Support Compact for The Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia. In 2008 he was named care personality of the year and was awarded an OBE for Services to Social Care in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Martin writes and broadcasts extensively on social care issues and is on the Editorial Board of Community Care Market News and Care Talk magazine.

    Dr. Onkar Sahota

    Member, London Assembly

    Onkar's family arrived in the UK in the 1960's and first lived in Hayes in the London Borough of Hillingdon. Originally from the Punjab, India, his parents settled in the UK to provide a better future for their children as with hundreds of other families of that generation. His father first worked for British Airways at Heathrow as a maintenance worker, evetually establishing a local grocery business. His early experiences have instilled Onkar with a passion for ensuring opportunities for others to succeed, as well as the value of aspiration. Fulfilling a lifelong ambition, Onkar graduated in Medicine in 1989 from Sheffield University and specialised in Family Medicine post-graduation. He was elected Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (FRCGP) in 2006. He also holds an MBA from the London Business School and attended the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University to study Health Policy. A practicing GP, Onkar has been a family doctor in West London since 1989 and maintains GP surgeries in Hanwell and Southall serving some 10,000 patients. Like many clinicians who have been elected to public office, he continues to practice part-time to retain his licence to practice and keep in touch with issues that his patients encounter. Professionally, Onkar in addition to his work as a family doctor was a member of the Ealing Primary Care Trust Professional Executive Committee from 2002-2008. From 1997 to 2000 he undertook work funded by the Department for International Development in Russia and Uzbekistan on reform of Primary Care and advised the Heathrow City Regeneration Partnership on health and community projects. At the Assembly, Onkar is Labour's spokesperson for Health and is also Chair of London Assembly the Health Committee since 2013. He also serves on the Environment and Regeneration Committees.

    Paul Burstow

    Chair, Social Care Institute for Excellence

    Paul Burstow joined the SCIE board as Chair in July 2017. He has over thirty years of public service leadership in local government, Westminster and Whitehall. Since leaving parliament he has been appointed to chair the north London based, internationally renowned, Tavistock and Portman NHS FT – the home of psychotherapy. He is a member of the independent oversight and advisory group for the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. His interest in mental health led to his appointment in 2016 as the University of Birmingham’s Professor of Mental Health Public Policy, a part-time role in which he is leading a policy commission devising a new prevention and early action paradigm. Paul was appointed minister of state for care services in 2010 leading the drafting of the Care Bill (now Act) and No Health Without Mental Health strategy. His interest in social care saw him appointed as Chair of the Design Council’s Transform Ageing National Advisory Panel in 2016 and as President of the TSA – the voice of technology enabled care in 2017. Paul was appointed to Her Majesty’s Privy Council in 2012.

    Sam Monaghan

    Chief Executive, MHA Methodist Limited

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    Sanjay Dhrona

    Managing Director, The Close Nursing Home

    With a family background in hotels, restaurants and catering, Sanjay was raised in the hospitality industry. Leaving West Herts College with several catering qualifications, and then Oxford Brookes University as class president and his BSc in Int. Hospitality Management, he was perfectly placed to work in the fast-paced world of international events, working around the globe and for clients including huge international businesses to Royal Families and rock stars alike. In April 2015 he applied his understanding of the service industry to take charge as Managing Director of The Close Nursing Home, a failing home with an inadequate CQC rating. His dedication to the residents and stakeholders has seen the home go from an "inadequate" rating to "GOOD" and "OUTSTANDING" in record time. The home is recognised for its quality in care and environment and innovative practices and currently on training forums for Oxfordshire County Council as well as working on some ground-breakfast research.

    Sharon Allen OBE

    Chief Executive, 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. Sharon is a member of the Think Local, Act Personal (TLAP) Programme Board, Chairs the Operations Committee of the CHS Group (Housing Association) in Cambridge, a member of the Association of Coaching and is a board member of Age UK and Aston Organisational Development. Sharon was awarded an OBE in June 2015 for services to social care, homeless people and housing.

    Sue Howard

    Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, Care Quality Commission

    An experience leader in Adult Social Care, Sue's first job was as a night care assistant in a home for older people before forming an ambition to progress into care management. Sue worked and studied hard until until she managed both residential and domiciliary care services, before becoming an inspector in 2002. In 2008, Sue was promoted to a managerial role at The Commission for Social Care Inspection becoming a senior leader in CQC in 2011. In May 2015 Sue secured the post of Deputy Chief Inspector ACS in the Central region working directly to Andrea Sutcliffe. Sue leads approximately 300 inspection staff across the Central region.

    Taffy Gatawa

    Chief Information and Compliance Officer, everyLIFE Technologies

    Taffy brings a wealth of risk management and clinical governance experience, gained through many years of working in the health sector. Qualified nurse and holder of two MAs, Taffy has spoken nationally on the subject of risk management and patient safety, including collaborating with other experts to co-author and publish a text book on the subject.

    Vic Rayner

    Executive Director, National Care Forum

    Vic is Executive Director of the National Care Forum, joining the organisation in 2016. The NCF is the strongest voice for the not for profit care sector and works with it's membership to drive forward the delivery of quality, person-centered care. As Executive Director she sits on a range of government and national specialist groups with a focus on the social care workforce, digital transformation, new models of care and regulation. Vic is a regular national and international speaker and has extensive knowledge and expertise across a wide range of care, support, housing and social policy agendas. Prior to joining the NCF, she was the CEO of Sitra, a leading national membership body championing excellence in housing, health, care and support. Vic is a Director of the London Housing Foundation, funding innovation and best practice in homelessness provision, she is also a trustee of Hestia and the Care Workers Charity. Vic is the independent Chair of the Brighton and Hove Fairness Commission, tackling inequalities and promoting social justice within the locality.


The Super Early Bird, Early Bird and Standard rates are for Care Providers inc. care homes, domiciliary providers, social services, healthcare professionals, voluntary and third sector organisations

The Commercial Rate is for Suppliers to the care sector and non-providers of care

Super Early Bird Rate

£199 plus VAT

Until 13th December

Early Bird Rate

£299 plus VAT

14th December – 7th Febuary

Standard Rate

£349 plus VAT

8th February – 19th March

Commercial Rate

£399 plus VAT

Email the Chair a question.