David Cole


David Cole joined Sonderwell as chair in July 2023. He has 40 years experience in the health and social care sector, having started his career as a qualified mental health nurse.


Prior to joining Sonderwell, David was CEO of Vanguard Healthcare Solutions, in which role he oversaw four successive record years for the business.  Previously,  David held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Cygnet Health Care, one of the UK’s largest operators of specialist mental health services. After leaving the NHS, David also held various senior positions within the Priory Group. He was Chief Executive Officer of Castlebeck during its more successful years, guiding the company through a successful exit by HgCapital in 2006, and finally serving as Chairman up until 2008.

David has chaired Choice Care Group, Lighthouse Healthcare and Glenside Care Group for UK private equity investors. He has also served on the Board of Frosunda, a specialist Swedish care operator.

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