ARCO   2017 ARCO Annual Conference
May 10th 2017

London, UK

Who we are

The Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO) is the main body representing operators of older people’s housing-with-care schemes in the UK. Founded in 2012, we now have 28 members, who together make up 50% of the UK’s retirement community market.

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Why attend

After the sell-out success of What Next 2016, this year’s conference will bring together the latest thinking from leading operators, thinkers and regulators. With great speakers and fantastic opportunities to network, this is the must-attend conference on retirement villages and extra care housing.

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What we do

ARCO works to promote confidence in the sector; raise awareness of the housing-with-care model amongst older people and stakeholders; and increase the volume and quality of expertise in the sector through our extensive events programme.

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We are immensely grateful to our sponsors for making ARCO's 2017 retirement community conference possible.


Gavin Barwell

Gavin Barwell MP

Minister of State for Housing, Planning and Minister for London
Dr Hans Becker

Dr Hans Becker

Chairman, Humanitas Foundation
Graham Stokes

Professor Graham Stokes

Global Director of Dementia Care, Bupa

Jane Ashcroft CBE

Chief Executive of Anchor | Vice-Chair of ARCO
Nick Sanderson

Nick Sanderson

CEO of Audley Retirement
Margaret Wylde

Dr Margaret Wylde

Founder and CEO of ProMatura Group
Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson

Partner at ProMatura International

Bruce Moore

Chief Executive of Housing & Care 21
Dr Praminda Caleb-Solly

Dr Praminda Caleb-Solly

Associate Professor at the University of the West of England
Kevin Beirne

Kevin Beirne

Group Director of One Housing Group
Rodger Cairns

Rodger Cairns

Assistant Director of Independent Living at Trafford Housing Trust
Mark Elliot

Mark Elliott

Chair of Birchgrove

Michael Voges

Executive Director of ARCO
Anthony Oldfield

Anthony Oldfield

Director of Healthcare and Alternatives of JLL

Phil Schmid

Director of Healthcare and Alternatives of JLL
Willian Crawford

William Crawford

Development Director of Retirement Villages Group


With housing, ageing and care high on the national agenda, retirement communities are more important than ever. This will be a formative year for the sector, with significant decisions due to be made which will shape the sector for years to come. Once again, the conference will analyse current developments, and consider how providers can harness opportunities, overcome challenges, and adapt to meet the needs of the next generation of older people.

Topics to be discussed at the 2017 conference include:

  • A formative year – for extra care housing? With a decision on the government’s LHA cap expected by the summer, how might this change the future of state-supported extra care?
  • A formative year – for government policy on older people’s housing? With the Housing White Paper committing to stimulate the market for older people’s housing and ‘housing with support’, is 2017 the year in which government policy finally recognises the importance of the retirement community sector?
  • A formative year – for event fees? With the Law Commission’s work on event fees entering its final stages, how will operators’ business models and practices adopt to accommodate the new legal framework?
  • A formative year – for new models of tenure? With new operators working on private rental models for the ‘older old’, will 2017 see innovation when it comes to looking at tenure models beyond leasehold, including those that retain an element of home ownership.

Spread over two days, the second day of the conference on 11 May involves a Knowledge Exchange Day giving delegates the chance to gain in-depth insight and engage in rigorous discussion through a range of workshops and tours.



Conference +
Knowledge Exchange Day

From £395

Conference Only

From £275

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ARCO launched our inaugural What Next? conference in 2016. It was a sell-out success, with 300 attendees from across the sector.
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Congress Centre
Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3LS

Please note that the knowledge exchange workshops and study tours on 11 May 2017 will take place at Trowers and Hamlins, 3 Bunhill Row, EC1Y8YZ. Please see Location for more information.

ARCO allows me to hear and see first-hand what colleagues in the sector are doing, and to stay on top of new developments and concepts.

Jane Ashcroft, Chief Executive, Anchor

ARCO’s events are valuable for knowledge and focus on the challenges and opportunities our sector is facing – recognising the unique market rather than treating it simply as an extension of retirement housing or residential care.

Jeremy Walford, Managing Director, Middleton Hall Retirement Village

Finally there is an inclusive forum for all to learn, develop and promote the industry. Really enjoyable … well worth it.

Delegate, 2016 Conference