James has worked in health and social care for the past 15 years, previously running two of the largest health and social care providers in the UK. Since 2005 he has been Managing Director of Sanctuary Social Care, the awards’ Headline Sponsor, with the sole aim of making the company the largest independent supplier of social workers in the UK, which he has now achieved. Sanctuary has also established, as a separate division to its recruitment services, a special projects team which is assisting social services departments up and down the country to manage their workloads by outsourcing their volume or complex cases for assessment. The special projects team (which is branded as Skylakes Social Work) has developed into a dynamic support network for statutory social work. It currently carries over 2,000 cases for 10 different Local Authorities.