HC-One appoints James Tugendhat as chief executive

James Tugendhat will begin his role in September

James Tugendhat has been appointed chief executive officer of care home provider HC-One.

Sir David Behan was appointed executive chair of the company after chief executive Justin Hutchens left in February. Behan will be handing over executive responsibilities to Tugendhat and reverting to his previous role of chair of the HC-One board.

Tugendhat, who will begin his role in September, has worked in health, care, consumer and financial services sectors. He most recently led the European and international division of US-based Bright Horizons, prior to which he was chief executive at Towergate Direct.

He has also previously worked at Bupa, across several parts of the group, including Bupa International, Bupa Commissioning and Health Dialog.

‘Throughout my discussions with the board and my future colleagues, I have been deeply impressed by the commitment of the company to its mission to be the first choice for families, and to thrive by being the employer of choice, sustaining quality with kind care,’ said Tugendhat, who is also non-executive director of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

‘I have no doubt that HC-One’s culture and values have provided a strong foundation through this difficult time and will support it to build going forward,’ he said.

In May, the provider feared occupancy levels could fall to as low as 70% due to Covid-19 and a lack of admissions.

Behan added: ‘James has impressive experience across consumer services, healthcare and early years, and has proved himself as a successful CEO with a track record of achievement.

‘I am very much looking forward to working with him over the years to come, and I have no doubt that James will build on the successes of The Kind Care Company to date and take HC-One from strength to strength.’