Ken Nolan, Chair
Ken Nolan, Chairman, Springhill Care
Having qualified as a Registered Nurse (Learning Disabilities), I left the NHS to set up my own care company, Springhill Care, over 28 years ago.
At Springhill Care we are passionately focused on delivering high quality, person-centred services for the adults and older people who choose our services, whether that is in one of our care homes or within our specialist supported living service. Springhill has grown over the years to offer over 230 beds across sites in Accrington, Skelmersdale and Bristol.
Our three care homes are primarily purpose built, and have achieved recognition through various quality awards over the years, including ISO, Investors in People (IIP) and Residential and Domiciliary Care Benchmarking (RDB) 5 Stars, Gold Standards Framework, (GSF). In 2010 I was privileged to be awarded North West regional winner, in the Great British Care Awards’ ‘Care Employer of the Year’ category, and in 2011 was awarded national winner in the same category.
As a long-standing member of the Institute of Directors (IOD), I have also completed the IOD’s Company Direction Diploma Programme.
I have worked in a voluntary capacity for over 20 years helping represent the care sector on various groups, including:
As a founder member of the Lancashire Care Association, I have served initially on the executive, as it was in the early days, and then as director, vice chair and more lately as chair.
I have spent time in past years as director and board member of the Independent Healthcare Association (IHA) in London, which has since become the English Community Care Association (ECCA), and I was also chair of what was then the ‘Lancashire Branch’ of the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) in the 90’s.
I also have spent many years’ working with local authorities representing members’ interests, with social service departments and health authorities/PCTs, and have also represented the care sector at meetings with MPs and government ministers, including making representations at meetings at the Department of Health and House of Commons.
In addition to Chair of the LCA, my other voluntary capacity roles include, School Governor, and chair at my local magistrate’s court, where I have served as a magistrate for a number of years.