This award honours someone who has devoted 35 years of their life to the care sector.
And the winner is Derek Luckhurst, founder and chairman of Agincare.
Derek founded his company in 1986 with a single care home in Weymouth, Dorset. He and his family lived on site, and he got to know care inside-out by delivering it on a day-to-day basis.
His vision was to create a new style of care home that offered high-quality personalised care and facilities at an affordable price.
Building on the care home’s local reputation, Derek created an independent care provider in 1993 to deliver home care and manage a growing number of care and nursing homes across the country.
Through his inspirational leadership, Agincare has since grown to become one of the largest independent care providers in the UK, deliver care nationwide, employing over 3,500 people.
Commenting on last night’s win, Derek said: “I wouldn’t have achieved this if it wasn’t for our CEO Raina Summerson. We do an amazing job in this industry. Every single one of us should be proud or ourselves. Thank you so much for this award.”