Campaigning for the business of social care is the heartbeat of Nadra Ahmed.
And the former owner of a care home – and chair of Kent Care Homes Association – has been recognised for her tireless work in speaking up for an often-forgotten slice of Kent business, and acting as a champion for high standards.
Her focus on making life better for vulnerable people has led the former history and PE teacher to take on numerous roles with care groups and charities across Kent and beyond.
She chaired Kent Care Homes Association for five years, is chairman of the National Care Association and also sits on the board of Parkinson’s UK. She is also a trustee of the Royal British Legion, learning disability charity MCCH and Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Services in Gravesend. As if this is not enough, the founder of Kent Care Training Associates is president of deaf charity HiKent and has been made an OBE, as well as being appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent.
“This Outstanding Contribution award really stands out for me. There is an important balance to be struck in every care business. The care sector has to be seen as a business, but with a caring heart because it’s also a vocation. From my point of view, it has to be about finding the right combination of enterprise and ethics.
“Recognition by KEiBA is special because it comes from the people you live and work around. It represents the value that Kent places on the care sector and it gives every care business in the county a big slice of encouragement that excellence in this sector does win recognition from our business peers.”
Six years after it was founded, the Kent Excellence in Business Awards goes from strength to strength with 15 categories in 2014 including, for the first time, the Manufacturing Business of the Year award. The awards showcase the strongest, most vibrant businesses and business people from across Kent.
Mark Dance, KCC Cabinet member for Economic Development, said:
“I’d like to offer my congratulations to Nadra Ahmed. It is fantastic to see such a dedicated campaigner for social care recognised for the way in which they fight for people and stand up for business at the same time.
“This is vital role because everyone wants to know that social care businesses are doing a good job for the benefit of everyone in our community – and at the same time, those businesses need to be able to succeed.”
Geraldine Allinson, Chairman of KM Group, said:
“Nadra Ahmed represents the best of Kent – a county that is successful, that strives for the best and that cares. She certainly deserves recognition for her tireless work as a champion of high standards and good practice. Kent is a richer county for her efforts.”