A pioneering Bletchley care business boss has been named as one of the UK’s most inspirational women.
Jan Flawn, who chairs PJ Care, based in Sherwood Drive, was won the First Woman in Business Services Award at the 2013 First Women Awards, in association with Lloyds Banking Group.
Working as a registered nurse, Jan came up with the idea of creating a specialist neurological care centre for adults with progressive or acquired neurological conditions.
Launched in 2000, she now has eight care centres and rehabilitation clinics in the south east.
Awards judges said: “Jan is the first woman to set up a care home dedicated to young people with neurological conditions and they are the first organisation to have links to major trauma units across the UK.
“There is a huge sense with Jan that everything she does is driven by a need to care for people and this is not just for the people who use her facilities but also the people she employs.”
The awards were held at the London Marriott, Grosvenor Square, and hosted by sports personality and broadcaster Clare Balding, last night (Wednesday).
Jan has over the last 13 years led PJ Care’s growth from the development of its first service, Bluebirds, a neurological care centre in Milton Keynes, to include Mallard House Neurological Care Centre, also in Milton Keynes, and the £12m Eagle Wood Neurological Care Centre in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.
PJ Care now employs 450 staff and cares for 180 residents. The family-run business has won a string of awards, and was listed in the 2009 Sunday Times Fast Track 100 companies in the UK.
Fiona Cannon OBE, director of diversity and inclusion at Lloyds Banking Group said: “These awards are crucial in showcasing some of the exceptional female talent we have here in the UK and our long term commitment to them demonstrates our strong belief that recognition of this talent is essential and not simply the ‘right thing to do’.
“These trailblazing winners demonstrate how forward-thinking, hard work and determination can result in a pipeline of successful women.
“We often read about glass-ceilings limiting women in their careers, but these awards illustrate how women can thrive and lead in even in the most male-dominated of sectors such as aerospace, health and safety and engineering.”
Katja Hall, chief policy director of the bosses’ organisation the CBI, said: “All of this year’s winners are true role models for future generations of women. They are proof that the sky really is the limit when it comes to achieving and we are proud to sponsor an awards programme that plays such an important role in championing their successes.”