Anchor's chief executive Jane Ashcroft has been recognised in the New Year Honours by being made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her services to older people.
As well as being chief executive of Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of care and housing for older people, Jane (right) chairs the English Community Care Association (ECCA), where she has been helping to steer its merger with the National Care Association to form Care England, the leading representative body for independent care services in England.
Also being honoured is Stephen Jack, a member of Anchor’s non-executive Board and Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee. He is made an OBE for services to disabled people for his work as chairman of the Independent Living Fund, which provides support to nearly 18,000 people living with disability across the UK.
Jane became Anchor’s Chief Executive in March 2010 and in this same year was the first person to win the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Social Care’ award at the Great British Care Awards. With a career in the care and housing sectors spanning more than 20 years, she has worked energetically to champion older people.
Jane said: “It is an enormous honour to be recognised in this way. I am very proud to lead an organisation in which so many people work tirelessly to enable older people to live fulfilling and happy lives with us."