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 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.  Jane is a Trustee of The Silver Line, a helpline for older people and a Non-Executive Director of Dignity 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

Executive Director

As Executive Director, 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.

Shandi Petersen

Deputy Director

Shandi works with ARCO's directors to deliver our strategy, and coordinates ARCO’s ten Vision priorities. Shandi has worked with ARCO almost since its inception, providing support during its formation in 2012-2013, and joining the Executive Team in August 2014.

Shandi is a social psychologist who has worked across health, social care, and education in the UK and abroad. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Calgary and an MSSc in Social Psychology from the University of Helsinki.

Gareth Lyon

Head of Policy & Communications

As Head 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 the day to day management of our communications channels. Gareth joined ARCO in May 2018.

Gareth has worked in all aspects of policy and communications for over 13 years in a range of sectors including health, social care, education, science and technology. He has also served as a local councillor for over 10 years with particular experience in planning and community. He has a degree in History and Politics from Oxford University.

Ellie Pyemont

Head of Membership and Operations

Ellie joins ARCO in January 2019 as Head of Operations & Membership. Ellie will be ensuring the continued effective running of ARCO and developing our membership, sponsors and affiliates programmes.

Ellie has a background in organisational and business development, and digital services delivery. Ellie has a Masters from Warwick Business School and a first degree in Modern and Medieval Languages from Cambridge University.

Tade Muyiwa-George

Membership & Communications Coordinator

As Membership & Communications coordinator, Tade works closely with the executive team as the ‘delivery hub’ of ARCO, to deliver our shared operations, membership and policy objectives. 

Tade has an entrepreneurial background with further experience in events and project management developed both home and abroad. Tade attained a BSc. (Hons) in Business & Management from the University of Hull and a diploma in International Etiquette & Protocol from Institute Villa Pierrefeu, Switzerland.

Katie Draper

Membership & Communications Coordinator

Katie joined ARCO in January 2019 and will be working to support the Executive team across all areas of the business including membership, communications and events.

Katie comes from an events background having worked in the charitable event sector for the past 9 years and has delivered high profile events for both the Royal Horticultural Society and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.


Michele Brailsford

Policy and Communications Officer

Michele joined ARCO in February 2019 as Policy and Communications Officer. She will be helping to raise awareness about Retirement Communities among the public, who are often confused as to the different housing options available to older people.

As a newspaper reporter and freelance writer, Michele has worked on many different publications and for a wide range of companies and organisations. She has a BA Joint Hons in Ancient History & Archaeology from the University of Birmingham.

Richa Geiji

Policy and Research Officer

Richa works alongside Gareth Lyon in developing policy positions on the wide range of issues touching on our sector, with particular interest in legal and regulatory policy.  


Richa practiced as a lawyer in New Zealand for approximately four years, two of which were specialising in legal services to Retirement Village operators.  She is currently undertaking an LL.M. at the London School of Economics, and works at ARCO part-time. 


Richa has LL.B.(Hons) and B.A. (Psychology and Philosophy) degrees from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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 (Vice-Chair)
  • Kevin Beirne, Head of Retirement, Octopus Healthcare
  • Bob Bessell, Chairman, Retirement Security
  • 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
  • Mick Laverty, Chief Executive, The ExtraCare Charitable Trust
  • Peter Martin, Development & Commercial Manager, Enterprise Retirement Living
  • Sam Monaghan, Chief Executive, MHA
  • Rebekah Newton, Director of Retirement and Supported Living, Midland Heart
  • Andrew Ovey, Chief Executive, Retirement Villages
  • Kris Peach, Director of Extra Care, Housing 21
  • Zara Ross, Chief Executive, BEN
  • Nick Sanderson, CEO, Audley Group (Chair)
  • Amar Sheikh, Director, Berkeley Healthcare
  • Nigel Sibley, Chief Executive, LifeCare Residences
  • David Williams, Chief Executive, St Monica Trust


Steering Group

  • Jane Ashcroft, Chief Executive, Anchor (Vice-Chair)
  • Kevin Beirne, Head of Retirement, Octopus Healthcare
  • Bob Bessell, Chairman, Retirement Security
  • Kris Peach, Director of Extra Care, Housing & Care 21
  • Nick Sanderson, CEO, Audley Group (Chair)
  • Nigel Sibley, Chief Executive, LifeCare Residences


Standards Committee

  • Nick Abbey, Chair of ARCO Standards Committee
  • Jamie Bunce, Managing Director, Inspired Retirement Villages
  • Angela Harding, Executive Director Operations, The ExtraCare Charitable Trust
  • Peter Martin, Development & Commercial Manager, Enterprise Retirement Living
  • Bruce Moore, Chief Executive, Housing & Care 21
  • Jeremy Walford, Managing Director, Middleton Hall