Balhousie Care Group’s Chairman Tony Banks, who has been instrumental in turning around the fortunes of the care home firm, has been shortlisted in this year’s Institute of Scotland Director of the Year Awards.

Tony, who founded the award-winning care home group 25 years ago, is a finalist in the Tayside Regional Director of the Year category.

The news follows a hugely successful year for Balhousie Care Group, which runs 25 homes across the north east of Scotland including Dundee, Angus, Fife, Aberdeenshire, Perthshire and Stirlingshire. 2017 saw it secure a £49m refinancing deal, appoint its first Chief Executive, win several awards and gain the highest Care Inspectorate rating (Category 6) for two of its care homes. The Perth-based company also secured a major win at the UK-wide National Care Awards, when Operations Director Louise Barnett was named Operations Manager of the Year.

Over the last two years, Tony has overseen the launch of Together We’re Great, an initiative which has seen a positive cultural shift company-wide, and a Participation Charter which enables residents to be more involved with their care decisions.

Louise Barnett, Balhousie Care’s Operations Director, said:

“Tony is always looking for new and innovative ways for developing the business and the people in it. His leadership and belief in delivering the best care for our residents makes our organisation a special place to be.”

IoD Scotland said this year’s judging panel was impressed by the “very high standard” of entries. The awards ceremony takes place in Glasgow on 22nd March 2018.