The Leader of the Future Award goes to Omar Taylor of Care UK.
This award honours the up and coming stars in the industry who are making waves and climbing up the career ladder through the demonstration of leadership, passion and new ideas.
With a diverse portfolio of care experience garnered in the UK and US, Omar is undoubtedly a leader of the future and a worthy candidate for this award. Having worked in learning disabilities, mental health and residential care, Omar brought over 13 years of experience to Care UK when he joined in 2016. He has already been promoted numerous times, starting out as a Home Manager, before progressing to a Relief Manager and then Operations Support Manager, respectively.
His latest promotion was in March 2019 to the role of Regional Director for the South Midlands. This rapid progression in such a short period of time is unheard of, and stands testimony to Omar’s leadership skills and eligibility for this award. In his current role, Omar has an expansive remit consisting of the day-to-day line management of five Home Managers in relation to the safe operation of four homes in Stroud, Cheltenham, Newbury and Oxfordshire.
Fulfilling the role of Regional Director is a tall order, but Omar has proven that he is the right leader for the challenge. In the last 12 months, two homes that Omar oversaw in his role as Operations Support Manager were raised to ‘outstanding’. One of the homes – Manor Lodge -, has 120 beds, and the Inspector stated that it was unheard of for a home of this size to receive this rating.
On winning the award, Omar said: “I’ve had so much support from the company from my leadership team so I’m just thankful really. I think it all comes from good mentorship, good coaching and good team spirit.”