CEO Joanne Balmer Awarded British Empire Medal In Queen’s Birthday Honours

We are delighted to announce that our CEO, Joanne Balmer has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to Social Care during the pandemic.

Joanne was given the commendation in recognition of her leadership of our six luxury care homes across the country during the turbulence brought on by COVID-19. Under her leadership, each of our care homes continued to deliver industry-leading care, always prioritising the physical and emotional wellbeing of residents and team members.

Joanne joined Oakland Care in August 2019, as its Chief Executive Officer to lead the future growth of the company as new luxury care homes are built.  She is committed to ensuring Oakland Care homes provide the very best quality and service to residents.  Joanne believes that this can only be achieved if our team members are happy and is determined to ensure that working for Oakland Care is an enjoyable experience where people are valued, supported and recognised as individuals.

This announcement comes as we continue to grow, having just opened our doors at our new purpose-built care home, Elmbrook Court in Wantage, whilst also having only recently opened Elsyng House, another state-of-the-art care home in Enfield.

Speaking of her award, Joanne Balmer said:

“I’m both surprised and delighted to receive the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to Social Care. I have worked in Health and Social Care for over 20 years, but still I never expected to receive such a special recognition. I accept the medal warmly in recognition for the efforts of my entire team at Oakland Care, who dedicate their heart and soul to fulfilling our mission every day.”

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