Our Team

ARCO is governed by a Board of Directors and a Leadership Forum 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.

Governance

Nick Sanderson

Chair

Nick Sanderson was unanimously elected as ARCO’s new Chair in October 2017 and was delighted to be re-elected for another year in 2023.

Nick is the 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 in Watford is now open.

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 and is currently serving as a member of the Older People's Housing Task Force.

"This is a critical time for our sector with the emerging recommendations from the Taskforce offering a real focus on the need for more of what we provide. ARCO’s voice has been hugely powerful in influencing the debate and I very much look forward to being part of that ongoing process".

Mick Laverty

Vice-Chair

Mick is the CEO of the ExtraCare Charitable Trust, a chartered accountant and experienced chief executive.

Before joining ExtraCare in January 2016 he was chief executive of the Student Loans Company, a government-funded ‘digital exemplar’ organisation that distributes £18 billion per annum and has seven million customers.

Mick has also previously been chief executive of Advantage West Midlands, the regional development agency for the West Midlands. He has held several non-executive director roles in the public, private and charity sectors and is currently a Council Member and Chair of the Audit Committee at the University of Birmingham and non-executive director of Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust.

He is currently the Chair of Dimensions UK, a not-for-profit organisation providing social care for adults with learning difficulties and/or autism and a Governor of the Heart of Worcestershire College.

“I’m delighted to be joining the Board of ARCO at such an exciting time for Integrated Retirement Communities with the sector growing and evolving.”

Jane Smart

Board Member

Jane joined LifeCare Residences as CEO in 2022. She brings extensive international experience, with over 25 years in the health sector. Having grown up in South Africa, Jane moved into leadership and management roles in health in NZ – notably retirement villages and nursing homes including responsibility for achieving results in a listed environment. Prior to this, Jane led teams in development, construction, retirement, and nursing care living. She is enthusiastic to share her passion for working with people to inspire and enhance the lives of residents.

“These are exciting times for our organisation as it continues to grow the vision. I am passionate about the sector, and I am looking forward to contributing my experience in New Zealand and that of LifeCare Residences NZ and UK in adding to the diverse thinking of our board.”

Jamie Bunce

Board Member

Jamie is the CEO of Inspired Villages and has built over 30 years’ worth of expertise in property – spanning both construction and development. His experience of the sector and vision for the future of later living was central to the formation of Inspired Villages. He co-created English Care Village Partnership in 2010 and guided it through a joint venture arrangement with Places for People before establishing Inspired Villages from the sale of the joint venture to Legal & General in 2017.

The organisation is focused on supporting our ageing population with beautiful built environments across the UK, serviced by motivated and well-trained talent. 

With Legal & General’s support, further acquisitions of Renaissance Villages from Helical in 2017 together with communities in Warwick, Cheshire and Kent amongst other areas make Inspired Villages one of the fastest growing later living operators in the UK.

“As a proud member of ARCO, I’m delighted to join its Board and look forward to the opportunity to drive change, gain wider support and raise the profile of the great work Integrated Retirement Communities across the UK are doing for residents and wider communities.”

 

Honor Barratt

Board Member

Honor is the Chief Executive of Birchgrove, a specialist age-exclusive developer working to establish a portfolio of assisted living neighbourhoods with well thought-out facilities for rent.

Central to Birchgrove's proposition is the belief that renting instead of owning a home is the most liberating form of tenure, allowing neighbours to retain their independence without the burden of homeownership.

Birchgrove has a bunch of happy neighbours in Sidcup in Kent and two neighbourhoods in Woking and Ewell, both in Surrey. Following closely behind are Banstead, Godalming, Leatherhead - all in Surrey - and most recently Chiswick and Mill Hill in London.

“Apart from genuinely enjoying the company of my competitors, I’m so happy to join the ARCO Board because a healthy industry is good for all of us and our customers. I firmly believe that change is best affected from within rather than standing on the outside shouting in. And change is what we need because we’re currently catering for a tiny minority of the population, and we know so many more people could benefit hugely from living within an IRC.”

Sam Monaghan

Board Member

Sam joined MHA as Chief Executive in February 2018. He has extensive experience as a corporate director and senior operational and strategic manager within the Third and Public Sectors, in a career of more than 30 years in social care. Originally a graphic designer, Sam qualified as a social worker in 1988, working for 15 years in local authority social services, prior to joining Action for Children in 2003. In 2006, he moved to Barnardo’s as their Midlands Director and became Corporate Director of Children’s Services in 2013.

“I am delighted to be part of the Board at ARCO. We are at a critical time for making sure we have quality housing for older people that meets their support and care needs. It will be great working with others to make sure this is an issue addressed by the Government and debated by all political parties as we start the run up to the next General Election.”

Howard Nankivell

Board Member

As CEO of Rangeford Villages, Howard drives the overall business strategy across all key disciplines, with a clear view of growing the number of high-quality integrated retirement communities that Rangeford Villages operate.

Prior to joining Rangeford Villages in 2018, Howard was previously an Executive Director at Anchor for 9 years, one of the UK’s largest providers of housing and care for older people. Howard is experienced in the delivery and management of high performing later living communities and managing over 30,000 retirement units across England.

“I am delighted to be joining the new ARCO board at such a pivotal stage in the growth of the Integrated Retirement Community sector. Helping all operators to be successful is a shared aim of the ARCO membership and we will do all we can to help in that endeavour. As a sector we benefit from a brilliant ethos and determination to succeed in the face of a number of market and legislative challenges, whilst acknowledging that what we do makes a difference to thousands of people up and down the country. The market will only grow and ARCO will be a major part in ensuring the needs of current and future generations are met.”

Will Bax

Board Member

Will is the Chief Executive of the Retirement Villages Group (RVG) and feels honoured to be a Board member of ARCO.

He has a passion for building sustainable, socially connected communities that enable people to thrive.  Prior to RVG, Will was Executive Director at Grosvenor, where he was responsible for their London Estate.  He is currently a Trustee of the Blenheim Palace Estate.

“I have a dream; that all old people will have the opportunity to live in a community that helps them to stay connected, active and physically fit in later life. Our mission at ARCO is to make that dream come true!”

Executive team

Michael Voges

Chief Executive

Michael Voges

Michael is a leading national expert on older people’s housing and social care, and a frequent media commentator on both the economic and political framework for Housing-with-Care in the UK.

He has overseen ARCO’s work to represent and champion the Housing-with-Care sector since its inception in 2013, taking the organisation from a team of one to a diverse outfit that sets rigorous standards for the sector, runs high-quality events, and influences and shapes key government policy.

Michael frequently speaks at conferences in the UK and abroad, and has served on numerous advisory bodies, commissions and committees with a special focus on social care/policy, housing and ageing.

Sally Ireland LLM

Director of Legal & Compliance

Sally Ireland

Sally Ireland is a barrister and as Director of Legal 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.  

James Lloyd

Director of Policy & Communications

James Lloyd

James joins us from education charity AQA, where he was Head of Policy and Public Affairs, and has great experience at the highest levels of politics and in the social care sector, having worked as a Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and an Independent Advisor to the Opposition on cross-party social care talks, and for organisations including the International Longevity Centre – UK and Social Market Foundation.

Katie Draper

Director of Membership & Operations

Katie Draper

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

John Hesford

As Compliance Engagement Manager, John manages ARCO’s Standards and Compliance function, as well as supporting ARCO’s Director of Legal & 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.

Sarina Kiayani

Policy & External Affairs Manager

Sarina Kiayani

As Policy and External Affairs Manager, Sarina manages ARCO’s relations with policymakers and the media, alongside running the organisation’s social media channels. Her work centres around formulating ARCO’s policy positions and advocating the Integrated Retirement Community model to stakeholders.

She has previously worked in the charity sector and for strategic communications agencies. She holds a Bsc in Politics and International Relations from the London School of Economics.

Tade Muyiwa-George

Partnerships Manager

Tade Muyiwa-George

As Partnerships Manager, Tade oversees the delivery of ARCO’s commercial partnership programme with responsibility for partnership management, building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders across the sector. Tade is also responsible for the marketing of ARCO’s annual conference including the development of our EDI strategy.

She is also co-founder and Chair of Women in Retirement Living (WiRL), an emerging non-profit organisation that aims to empower women and other underrepresented groups in the sector.

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

Ross Godwin

Finance & Business Manager

Ross Godwin

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 Edwards

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, Leadership Forum and Standards Committee

ARCO is governed by a Board of Directors led by a Chair, with a Leadership Forum and a Standards Committee which oversees ARCO’s Standards and Compliance programme, including the ARCO Consumer Code.

Leadership Forum

  • Honor Barratt, CEO, Birchgrove
  • Jamie Bunce, CEO, Inspired Villages Group
  • Daniel Carmel-Brown, CEO, Jewish Care
  • Martin Earp, CEO, Riverstone Living
  • Ed Gladman, CEO, Adlington Retirement Living
  • Avnish Goyal CBE, Chair, Santhem Residences
  • Michelle Hackett, Managing Director, Retirement Security
  • Sarah Jones, CEO, Anchor
  • Anna Kear, CEO, Tonic Housing Association Ltd
  • Philippa Kellar, Managing Director, Richmond Villages
  • Mick Laverty, CEO, ExtraCare Charitable Trust
  • Henry Lumby, Director of Sales & Leasing, Auriens Chelsea Holdco Ltd
  • Peter Martin, Development & Commercial Manager, Enterprise Retirement Living
  • Sam Monaghan, CEO, MHA
  • Howard Nankivell, CEO, Rangeford Villages
  • Zara Ross, CEO, BEN
  • Nick Sanderson, CEO, Audley Group
  • Tim Seddon, CEO, Retirement Villages Group
  • Amar Sheikh, Director, Berkeley Healthcare
  • Jane Smart, CEO, LifeCare Residences
  • Philip Smith, CEO, St George's Park
  • Trish Staite, Operations Director, Brio Retirement Living
  • Gavin Stein, CEO, Elysian Residences
  • Jeremy Walford, Executive Chair, Middleton Hall Retirement Villages
  • David Williams, CEO, St Monica Trust

 

Standards Committee

  • Karen McArthur (Independent Chair)
  • Harry Blathwayt, Head of Legal & Compliance, Riverstone Living
  • Philippa Kellar (nee Fieldhouse), Managing Director, Richmond Villages
  • Peter Martin, Development & Commercial Manager, Enterprise Retirement Living
  • Inti Popat, Head of Retirement Living, MHA