Anne Thomas

Anne Thomas

Cornwall Care

Notable Achievements

  • Named runner-up for the Leadership and Management in Residential or Nursing Care at the 2018 Wales Care Awards (with Linc Cymru)
  • Nurse of the Year Award winner while working at Eli Lilly

Anne Thomas is the Chief Executive Officer of Cornwall Care and has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the sector. She began her career as a nurse in the 1980s, developing a specialism in diabetes, and has since gone on to spend many years working at senior level in the adult health and social care sector.

Career Overview

Anne first stepped into her current role in 2018, replacing former Cornwall Care CEO, Robert Black. Her responsibilities involve overseeing the running of the largest provider of adult social care in Cornwall and one of the county’s biggest employers, supporting over 1,500 jobs across 16 care homes. Anne drives the organisation forward on its moral and social mission as it bids to change lives and add value to the health and social care agenda locally.

Having embarked on her nursing career in the 1980s immediately after leaving school, Anne has risen through the ranks of the industry over many years to occupy several senior positions at numerous providers before now. Prior to her current role, Anne worked as Executive Director at Linc Care - the health and social care division of Linc Cymru - for over six years, designing and delivering nursing homes and the provision of housing, care and support for older and vulnerable people across Wales. Anne influenced policy and provided evidence to the Welsh Government on best practice, and received a silver award for  Leadership and Management in Residential or Nursing Care at the 2018 Wales Care Awards in recognition of her work.

Earlier on in her career, Anne worked as Senior Manager at Surrey County Council, where she was responsible for local authority-owned care homes, and prior to that was Adult Health and Social Care Services Manager, working for both Surrey County Council and the Primary Care Trust in delivering joint services. During her diabetes nursing career, Anne spent a period working at the renowned King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London.

Anne has also experienced working for healthcare giant Eli Lilly, during which time she received national recognition for her nursing prowess.


Anne has undertaken further study and holds a BSc (Econ) Hons in Health and Social Care from Newport University. She is currently studying for a Level 7 Award in Coaching and Mentoring.

2014-2015: Anne completed the Henley Advanced Management Programme

2009-2011:  Anne completed the King’s Fund Athena Leadership Course

2008: Anne undertook Leicester University's Post Graduate Course in Pulmonary Rehabilitation

2004-2007: Leicester University Diabetes Education and Self-Management Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed Educator, Trainer and Quality Assessor

1999: Attended Roehampton University, completed an Advanced Diploma Diabetes Nursing

1999: Graduated University of Wales, attained BSc (Econ), Health and Social Care (2:1 Honours)


Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Anne has played an integral role in guiding Cornwall Care through the crisis. As a leader in her profession, she is vocal and passionate about care workers and community care givers receiving the recognition they deserve for their efforts on the frontline looking after the most vulnerable.

Anne has also found herself having to wrangle with the ongoing staffing crisis in the social care sector and has spoken out about the negative perceptions of the care industry and the government’s “no Covid jab, no job” policy as being exacerbating factors. She regularly challenges the accepted narratives about the industry and the way it is more negatively perceived compared to the much larger NHS.

In the News

Cornwall Care European Social Fund grant project

News | Published September 28th 2021, 2:04 pm

Cornwall Care is leading a two-year training project in Cornwall after being awarded £1.74m in grant funding by the European Social Fund, with proceedings getting underway earlier this month.Read more →

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