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Governance and Executive Team

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. A full list of ARCO’s Board, Steering Group and Standards Committee Members can be found here.


Nick Sanderson csNick Sanderson | Chair

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

Nick Sanderson is founder and CEO of Audley Retirement 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 in Tunbridge Wells and Harrogate were completed by 2004. In 2008 he formed a partnership with Moorfield Group.

Audley now has sixteen schemes in its programme with nearly 1400 units and revenue of £850m. The company has over 2000 customers and over 500 staff. In the Spring of 2016, Audley launched Mayfield Villages to provide the Audley offer at a more affordable price.

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.


Sally Greengross OBE | Patron

Sally Greengross OBEWe 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 and Co-Chairs four All-Party Parliamentary Groups: Dementia, Corporate Social Responsibility, Continence Care and Ageing and Older People. She is the Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Choice at the End of Life, and is Treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Equalities. Sally is also Chair of the cross-party Intergenerational Fairness Forum.

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 and has been an Ambassador for the Prince of Wales supporting responsible business practice.


Executive Team

Michael Voges (002)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.



Gareth LyonGareth 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.




Jane AshcroftJane Ashcroft CBE | Vice-Chair

Jane was unanimously elected as ARCO’s new Vice-Chair in June 2015.

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. She previously held HR and governance roles with Bromford Housing Group and Midlands Electricity plc. Jane is a Trustee of The Silverline, a helpline for older people and a Non-Executive Director of Dignity plc. Jane is also a Board member of Care England, the largest representative body for providers of adult social care and a Board member of the National Housing Federation which represents housing associations in England. In 2014 Jane became a Commissioner on the review of the long term care sector Chaired by Paul Burstow MP. 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.





















ShanShandi Petersendi Petersen | Deputy Director – Head of Vision 2030

Shandi works alongside Michael to deliver ARCO’s 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.




Ellie cssEllie Pyemont | Head of Membership & 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.