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Priory boss tops the HealthInvestor Power Fifty

Priory Group chief executive Tom Riall has been named the most influential leader in the independent healthcare sector at the HealthInvestor Power Fifty 2016.

Riall narrowly beat Anchor’s Jane Ashcroft and WellTower’s John Goodey to the top spot on the annual list, which recognises the investors, business leaders, lenders and advisors who have made a real difference to the health and social care sector.

Labour peer, acclaimed scientist and TV presenter Lord Robert Winston counted down the top 15, as voted for by HealthInvestor readers, at 8 Northumberland on 23 November.

Riall and the Priory Group have dominated the headlines this year with blockbuster deals at both the start and end of 2016. In January, Acadia Healthcare acquired Priory Group for £1.3 billion, and as Acadia already owned Partnerships in Care (PiC), the deal created one of the largest healthcare companies the UK has seen.

After the intervention of the Competition & Markets Authority, Acadia had to divest a number of assets and it was confirmed in October that BC Partners had been selected to buy a 22-strong portfolio of Priory and PiC facilities. 

Riall’s leadership throughout this period propelled him into the number one spot and as one reader noted, he “oversaw an exceptional year for any chief executive, and now holds more influence than anyone else within the industry”.

The night also saw the presentation of three extra awards. Audley Retirement chief executive Nick Sanderson was presented with the Pathfinder Award for his work promoting the role of retirement villages in the UK, while David Jones was named Dealmaker of the Year.

Additionally, the evening saw A24 Group win the HealthInvestor Growth Company Award, which is sponsored by AlixPartners. The prize acknowledges the top 25 private healthcare companies that have reported the strongest financial growth over the last three years.

Subscribers will be able view the full list of companies in the next issue of HealthInvestor.

View the Power Fifty list

Posted on: 24/11/2016

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