Anchor Hanover Group
PredecessorAnchor (housing association) and Hanover Housing Association
FoundedEngland, 2018
HeadquartersBradford, England, UK
Area served
Key people
Sarah Jones, Chief Executive
Princess Alexandra, Patron

Anchor Hanover Group, trading as Anchor,[1] is the largest provider of specialist housing and care for older people in England. It was formed in November 2018 when Anchor Trust and Hanover Housing Association merged. Its main office is in Bradford.[2]


The proposed merger was first announced in May 2018. Anchor Trust then employed 9,269 people and Hanover Housing Association 753.[3] The combined operation provides 54,000 homes for older people across almost 1,700 sites, employs more than 10,000 people, and operates in more than 90% of local councils in England.[4]


In November 2018, after gaining its eighth CQC ‘outstanding rating’,[5] it became the UK care home provider with the most CQC ‘outstanding’ ratings[6]

In October 2020 it announced a partnership with McCarthy & Stone which is to produce 482 units across five sites, owned by McCarthy & Stone, which have a gross development value of £125 million Anchor will pay £67 million for the development of 316 extra care apartments, aimed at those in greatest need. 124 will be affordable rent and 192 will be shared ownership.166 retirement living units will be sold and managed by McCarthy & Stone on adjacent land. The sites are in Hook, Hart, Hinckley, Bingley, Standish, Greater Manchester and Macclesfield.[7]

In October 2021, Anchor Hanover Group began using the trade name Anchor for all its services.[8]


The organisation is a charitable housing association registered as a society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014,[9] and its patron is Princess Alexandra, governed by a non-executive board and an executive board. It is regulated by the Care Quality Commission and the Regulator of Social Housing.

The former chief executive, Jane Ashcroft, was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Social Care award at the Great British Care Home Awards 2010 in recognition of her "...[leading] the agenda on developing quality care services across the continuum of care."[10] She also topped a high-profile list of the most influential people in social care at the Care Talk Awards 2012, and in 2018, for the second year running, won the prestigious Grand Prix award at the HealthInvestor ‘Power 50’ ceremony which celebrates and recognises the industry's most influential leaders.[11] Ashcroft is a trustee of The Silver Line, a helpline for older people, vice chair of Associated Retirement Community Operators, and also vice chair of the National Housing Federation.[12] She was appointed a CBE in the Queens 2014 New Year Honours List.


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  7. ^ "'Affordable for all' retirement homes to help support an ageing population". Homecare Insight. 2 October 2020. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  8. ^ "Anchor gives Hanover the heave-ho from trading name". Retrieved 22 October 2021.
  9. ^ "About Anchor Hanover and organisation details". Retrieved 18 December 2018.
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  11. ^ "HealthInvestor – Article: HealthInvestor Power Fifty 2018 – this year's winners are…". Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Jane Ashcroft CBE". The Silver Line. Archived from the original on 27 February 2019. Retrieved 19 December 2018.