Anchor Chair announces departure plans

Pamela Chesters is to stand down as chair of Anchor and has asked the board to begin the search for her successor.

Pamela Chesters

After four years at the helm of Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of care and housing for older people, Pam said: “It’s been a privilege to lead Anchor. Almost 50 years after the organisation was born, the need for its services has never been greater.

“I am proud that Anchor is evolving to meet the changing needs of our ageing society and will ensure that this continues during the rest of my tenure. I have had great support from Board and Executive colleagues alike and I know I leave the organisation well placed to meet the challenges ahead.”

Jane Ashcroft Anchor's Chief Executive

Jane Ashcroft Anchor’s Chief Executive

Anchor chief executive Jane Ashcroft said: “Pam has steered the organisation through a period of significant growth, including both the acquisition of existing care homes and the development of new retirement villages. She has an unwavering commitment to ensuring our services are focused on what the older people of today and tomorrow expect and demand. I look forward to continuing to work with her at Anchor until her time as Chair comes to an end and her successor is able to take up post.”

Pamela has chaired Anchor since September 2013. She is a member of the Governing Body of St Andrews University and chairs its Audit and Risk Committee. She has previously chaired Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Action for Children, Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, PRIME and English Churches Housing Group.

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