Pamela Chesters CBE has announced her intention to stand down as Chair of Anchor and has asked the Board to begin the search for her successor.

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.

Anchor Chief Executive Jane Ashcroft CBE 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 and has been a Board member since April 2013. She will continue in post while a successor is being sought.

Pamela 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 and was on the board of Riverside.

Pamela was a councillor at the London Borough of Camden from 1990 to 2000, including two years as Leader of the Opposition. In her executive roles, she was London Mayor Boris Johnson’s Advisor for Health and Families between 2009 and 2012. Prior to that she spent nearly 20 years at British Petroleum Company, most recently as CEO of Duckhams Oils.

Pamela is joining the Department for Communities and Local Government departmental board as a Non-Executive Director from  September 2017.

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