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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.


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.


Executive Team

Michael SquareMichael 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.



Maia SquareMaia Beresford | Policy & External Communications Manager

Maia joined ARCO as Policy & External Communications Manager in September 2015. Her role involves keeping abreast of health, housing, and social care policy and media developments, formulating and conveying ARCO’s policy positions to policymakers and stakeholders, and communicating key messages to consumers and professional audiences.

Prior to working at ARCO, Maia was Senior Researcher at the leading local government think tank NLGN. Before that she worked in a public sector consultancy and at charities including Stonewall and 4Children. Maia holds a first class degree in History from Cambridge University, and an MSc in Social Policy Research from LSE.



Mhairi SquareMhairi Tordoff | Policy & Communications Assistant

Mhairi joined ARCO in October 2017. Her role includes keeping abreast of policy and research developments, responding to government consultations and evidence calls, supporting our events programme, and contributing to our web and social media presence.

Prior to ARCO, Mhairi spent time as a Research Assistant at the cross-party think tank Demos. She holds a first class degree in Politics & Sociology from the University of Bristol.



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.



Shandi SquareShandi Petersen | Head of Operations

As Head of Operations, Shandi oversees ARCO’s day to day business. This includes membership and affiliation, ARCO’s Standards and Compliance Framework, and ARCO Analytics. 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 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.




Mark SquareMark Norton | Office & Business Manager

As Office & Business Manager, Mark oversees our office systems and structure. This includes accounts, member and affiliate functions and events. He’s also involved in ARCO’s standards programme and business development. Mark helped with ARCO’s inception and officially joined the team in September 2017.

Mark has previously worked in publishing, consultancy and the charity sector. He holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of London.