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Leader of Lowestoft-based care firm is one of the industry's most influential figures

Kingsley Healthcare chief executive Daya Thayan and his wife Sumi at the awards. Picture: Submitted

Kingsley Healthcare chief executive Daya Thayan and his wife Sumi at the awards. Picture: Submitted

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The leader of a Lowestoft-based healthcare provider has been honoured at an event to celebrate the industry's most influential figures.

Kingsley Healthcare chief executive Daya Thayan joined the annual list of the UK’s independent healthcare sector’s leaders at a dinner in London to celebrate the publication of the Health Investor Power 50.

The top 15 were announced in a countdown by the host, BBC correspondent Frank Gardner, after a speech by Health Investor editor Ploy Radford, who outlined the year’s highs and lows in the industry and the challenges to come with the National Living Wage.

The list was headed by Rob Roger, chief executive of Spire Healthcare, with Joy Chamberlain, chief executive of Partnerships in Care, in second place.

Coming 15th, Mr Thayan said: “It is a great honour to be recognised alongside such major players in the industry.

“I see this even more as an honour for all the hardworking staff at Kingsley.”

The company, which started 16 years ago with one home in Oulton Broad, now employs more than 1,300 people and is poised to move its headquarters into prominent town centre offices in Lowestoft, regenerating a former county council site.

Kingsley’s five-year plan is to double in size to employ 3,500 people.

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