Our Team

ARCO is governed by a Board of Directors and a Steering Group of Directors representing our members.

The Standards Committee oversees ARCO's Consumer Code and Standards and Compliance Framework.

ARCO’s day to day activities are run by its Executive Team.


Nick Sanderson


Nick Sanderson was unanimously elected as ARCO’s new Chair in October 2017.

Nick Sanderson is founder and CEO of Audley Group the UK’s largest developer and operator of luxury retirement villages. In the early nineties he created Audley to develop a portfolio of private retirement villages. The first two award winning schemes were in Tunbridge Wells and Harrogate. In 2008 he formed a partnership with Moorfield Group.

Audley now has 20 schemes in its programme with nearly 1800 units. The company has over 2000 customers and over 650 staff. In the Spring of 2016, Audley launched Mayfield Villages to provide the Audley offer at a more affordable price, the first village is being developed in Watford.
Nick is a regular speaker at national and international conferences and a contributor to several publications. He has acted as an advisor to public and private sector organisations.

Jane Ashcroft CBE


Jane joined Anchor (now Anchor Hanover) in 1999 from BUPA, which had acquired Care First plc where she was Personnel Director.  She was appointed Chief Executive of Anchor on 9 March 2010.  Prior to joining Care First she held HR and governance roles with Bromford Housing Group and Midlands Electricity plc.  She was a founder of Associated Retirement Community Operators, representing the growing market for retirement village provision in the UK and is currently Vice-Chair. Jane is also Vice-Chair of the National Housing Federation which represents housing associations in England.  Jane is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  She was awarded a CBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to older people.

Baroness Sally Greengross OBE


We are privileged to have Baroness Sally Greengross as our Patron. Baroness Greengross has been a crossbench (independent) member of the House of Lords since 2000.

Baroness Greengross was Director General of Age Concern England from 1987 until 2000. Until 2000, she was joint Chair of the Age Concern Institute of Gerontology at Kings College London, and Secretary General of Eurolink Age. She is an Ambassador for Alzheimer’s Society, SilverLine and HelpAge International.

Her work on ageing has been recognised by the UN Committee on Ageing and she received an outstanding achievement award from the British Society of Gerontology as well a British Geriatric Society Medal. Sally was UK Woman of Europe in 1990.

Executive team

Michael Voges

Chief Executive

As Chief Executive, Michael is in charge of overseeing the delivery of ARCO’s strategy on a day-to-day basis. Michael has worked with ARCO since its formation in 2012. He successfully led Cordis Bright’s work on providing the ARCO Secretariat until July 2013, and was appointed as ARCO’s first Executive Director in August 2013.

Michael was a public sector consultant for 6 years, having previously worked as a journalist. He holds a BA in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University, and an MSc in Comparative Social Policy from Oxford University.

Gareth Lyon

Director of Policy & Communications

As Director of Policy & Communications, Gareth leads on ARCO’s engagement with key decision makers and influencers, developing our thought leadership on behalf of the sector and building the sector's profile and identity. Gareth joined ARCO in May 2018.

Gareth has worked in all aspects of policy and communications for 16 years in a range of sectors including health, social care, education, science and technology. He also served as a local councillor for 11 years with particular experience in planning and community. He has a degree in History and Politics from Oxford University.

Sally Ireland LLM

Director of Legal & Compliance

Sally Ireland is a barrister and as Head of Regulation and Compliance at ARCO, she oversees ARCO’s regulation of Integrated Retirement Communities in addition to leading ARCO’s work to develop the law to allow for further expansion of the sector. She also supports the Board as ARCO’s Company Secretary.

Sally has practised in public and social care law in addition to working in policy and law reform in relation to regulated settings. Her degrees are in Law from the University of Cambridge and LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Sally is a trustee of Age UK East Sussex.

Katie Draper

Director of Membership & Operations

Katie joined ARCO back in January 2019 and now works as part of the Executive team to oversee ARCO's membership and operational functions including the year-round events programme, web presence and internal systems, and delivery of the ARCO Annual Conference.

Katie has a deep understanding of ARCO’s mission, membership and processes and works to continually improve these as the sector and organisation grows. 


John Hesford

Compliance Engagement Manager

As Compliance Engagement Manager, John manages ARCO’s Standards and Compliance function, as well as supporting ARCO’s Head of Regulation and Compliance in developing sector-specific legislation.

John was previously the Business Network Manager at the British Chambers of Commerce, where he was responsible for accreditation, complaints and stakeholder engagement. John has a BA in Politics and International Relations from the University of Leicester.

Tade Muyiwa-George

Partnerships Manager

As Partnerships Manager, Tade works closely with the Executive team to deliver ARCO's member and partnership programme, building relationships with key stakeholders across the sector. 

Tade has an entrepreneurial background with further experience in events and project management developed both at home and abroad. 

Sam Dalton

Policy & External Affairs Manager

As Policy & External Affairs Manager, Sam plays a key role in making the case for a stronger Integrated Retirement Community sector among politicians, civil servants and other stakeholders, as well as developing ARCO's thought leadership work and media presence. 

Sam joined ARCO from social integration charity The Challenge, where he focused on policy and public affairs, and led work on an inquiry into healing generational divides in partnership with the parliamentary group on social integration. He has a BA in Politics, Psychology and Sociology (PPS) from the University of Cambridge, and an MA in Social Science from the University of Chicago. 



Ross Godwin

Finance & Business Manager

Ross Godwin joined ARCO in October 2019 as Finance and Business Manager, with responsibility for maintaining ARCO’s financial and statutory records. 

Ross is a highly experienced and qualified finance professional, with over 30 years experience working for a diverse range of organisations, including Marsh & McLennan Companies and Smith & Williamson. He is also a trustee of the Charles Godwin Charitable Trust which helps those in need and, in particular, the young and elderly.

Maria Edwards

Membership & Operations Executive

Maria joined ARCO in May 2021 to provide administrative support to the Membership, Events and Operations Teams, to ensure processes work effectively and deliver a high level of service to our Members, Partners and Affiliates.

Maria is an accomplished client services manager with a successful background in commercial project management and cross functional collaboration. Maria has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work.


Natasha Tomlinson

Executive Assistant

Natasha has worked with ARCO since October 2018 and joined us officially in February 2019 as our Executive Assistant. Natasha provides executive administration support to the ARCO team ensuring that busy calendars and meeting schedules run smoothly and assisting with events and projects.

Natasha has a wealth of experience in all aspects of Executive support, Events and Project Management.

ARCO's Board of Directors, Steering Group and Standards Committee

ARCO is governed by a Board of Directors, with a Steering Group of Directors overseeing ARCO’s day to day activities, led by a Chair and Vice-Chair.

This is alongside the Standards Committee which oversees ARCO’s Standards and Compliance programme, including the ARCO Consumer Code.


Board Members

  • Jane Ashcroft, Chief Executive, Anchor Hanover (Vice-Chair)
  • Honor Barratt, Managing Director, Birchgrove
  • Will Bax, Chief Executive Officer, Retirement Villages Group
  • Jamie Bunce, CEO, Inspired Villages
  • Martin D’Mello, Director of Housing and Facilities, One Housing
  • Robert East, Director of Care and Support, Notting Hill Genesis
  • Philippa Fieldhouse, Managing Director, Richmond Villages
  • Dr Ed Gladman, Managing Director, Adlington
  • Melanie Gowers, CEO, Retirement Security
  • Paul Harries, Non-Executive Chairman, LifeCare Residences
  • Helen Kings, Chief Executive, Brio Retirement Living 
  • Mick Laverty, Chief Executive, The ExtraCare Charitable Trust
  • Peter Martin, Development & Commercial Manager, Enterprise Retirement Living
  • Sam Monaghan, Chief Executive, MHA
  • Howard Nankivell, CEO, Rangeford Villages
  • Katherine Rose, Director of Marketing & Sales, Elysian Residences
  • Zara Ross, Chief Executive, BEN
  • Nick Sanderson, CEO, Audley Group (Chair)
  • Amar Sheikh, Director, Berkeley Healthcare
  • David Williams, Chief Executive, St Monica Trust


Steering Group

  • Jane Ashcroft, Chief Executive, Anchor (Vice-Chair)
  • Will Bax, Chief Executive Officer, Retirement Villages Group
  • Paul Harries, Non-Executive Chairman, LifeCare Residences
  • Mick Laverty, CEO, ExtraCare Charitable Trust
  • Sam Monaghan, Chief Executive, MHA
  • Howard Nankivell, CEO, Rangeford Villages
  • Nick Sanderson, CEO, Audley Group (Chair)


Standards Committee

  • Jeremy Walford, Managing Director, Middleton Hall (Chair)
  • Jamie Bunce, CEO, Inspired Villages
  • Martin D'Mello, Group Director Housing Care and Support, One Housing Group
  • Peter Martin, Development & Commercial Manager, Enterprise Retirement Living
  • Inti Popat, Head of Retirement Living, MHA