HC-One, the Kind Care Company board members share a wealth of experience in health and social care having worked at the highest levels in local government, Department of Health, NHS and in leading independent care sector providers.

Dr Chai Patel CBE FRCP

Founder and Chairman

Formerly Chief Executive and architect of the modern Priory Group, Chief Executive of Westminster Health Care Ltd and Chief Executive of CareFirst, Chai’s career spans more than thirty years at the most senior and influential levels in health and social care.

Chai is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, and has been a member of government task forces for older people and for better regulation. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the Open University in 2002.

Alongside his working life, Chai’s family foundation, the Bright Future Trust, is an active supporter of a wide range of organisations enabling young people to fulfil their potential and overcome challenges. In 2011, he was named ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the Asian Business Awards. In 1999, Chai was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to the development of social care policies.

Justin Hutchens

Chief Executive

Justin joined HC-One in June of 2017 to begin a handover process to assume the CEO duties on the 1st of October 2017.

Since 1994, he has worked in healthcare specialising in the care of older people. Justin has an operating and healthcare real estate investment background including 10 years as an officer of NYSE publicly traded companies. He has served as a C-suite executive of national companies since 2003. Justin served as the Chief Operating Officer of Summerville Senior Living and Emeritus Senior Living (NYSE: ESC) from 2003 until 2009. He served as the President & COO of National Health Investors (NYSE: NHI) from 2009 to 2011 and as its President & CEO from 2011 to 2015. In 2015 he joined HCP (NYSE: HCP) as its Chief Investment Officer and EVP of Senior Housing and Care. He would leave as its President in 2017 after two years of contributing to the substantial repositioning of the company.

Justin has overseen the operations of hundreds of senior living communities and he has directed several billions of investment in the senior housing and care sector. His professional board experience includes: HC-One: 2017 to present, NHI: 2010 to 2015, National Investment Center for Senior Housing and Care (NIC) 2015 to 2017 and Argentum from 2016 to 2017.


David Smith

Finance Director

David has a wealth of financial experience and expertise following ten years working for Price Waterhouse Cooper in the UK, the United States and the Middle East.

He has around 10 years’ experience in the health and social care sector, having held a number of senior finance positions.

A qualified chartered accountant, David also holds a degree in Physics from the University of Birmingham.

Sir David Behan CBE

Non-Executive Director

Sir David was Chief Executive of the CQC for six years. His previous roles include Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships at the Department of Health, and Director of Social Services for the London Borough of Greenwich and before that for Cleveland County Council.
Sir David was knighted for his services to health and care in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.

Sir William Wells

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Sir William has held non-executive roles in the NHS since 1968, and spent fifteen of those years working in social care. His career in the public sector has included roles as a Governor of the Royal Free Hospital in Gray’s Inn Road, Chairman of the NHS Appointments Commission (2001-2007), Chairman of the Commercial Advisory Board to the Department of Health (2003-2007) and Member of the General Council of the King’s Fund (1995 to date).

Sir William was awarded a knighthood in March 1997.

John Ransford CBE

Non-Executive Director

In a public service career spanning over forty years, John Ransford gained extensive experience of personal social care, health and wellbeing and government at local, regional and national levels.

 John spent fourteen years at the Local Government Association (LGA) which represents all local councils in England and Wales. After advising and leading on social care, health and public protection services, he became Chief Executive for three years until his retirement in 2011.

Since retirement, John maintains his interest of social care as a board member for a number of leading care operators. John was awarded the CBE for services to social work in 1997.