Governance of Anchor is entrusted to a board of non-executive trustee directors and an Executive Board.
Our Executive Board are:
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 is Vice Chair of Associated Retirement Community Operators, representing the growing market for retirement village provision in the UK. 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. 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.
Housing Operations Director
Howard joined Anchor in October 2009 bringing with him over twenty years sales, marketing and customer service experience from a number of different market sectors. Most of his experience is from the travel and hospitality industry where he held UK and EMEA Marketing Director roles at both Marriott International and the Hilton Group, where he worked closely with the operational teams to deliver exceptional customer experience.
Howard was also the Head of Business Development at Direct Wines where he was responsible for creating and developing a wide portfolio of wine club brands including Laithwaites and the Sunday Times Wine Club.
Care Services Director
Mark joined Anchor in September 2015 as part of the acquisition process of Ideal Carehomes where he had built up the business in the role of Managing Director. Mark has over 30 years’ experience in social care having held Board level roles in both the public and private sector including the statutory role of Director of Adult Social Services with Kirklees Metropolitan Council. Mark’s experience includes regulation with the former SSI/Audit Commission’s Joint Review Team, international development work in Romania funded by DfID and contributions to national policy through ADASS.
Mark holds an MBA based on the management of residential care for older people and has provided independent advice to a number of statutory bodies on the organisation and effectiveness of their provision of care services for older people.
Finance Director & Company Secretary
Sarah Jones joined Anchor as Finance Director in September 2014 from leading office supplies distributors Spicers Ltd., where she was Chief Financial Officer. Sarah, a Chartered Management Accountant, has held a variety of roles in finance, including Director of Finance in UK & Republic of Ireland at Carpetright Plc and senior roles at HMV and The Burton Group/Arcadia. Sarah is also a Trustee of Arthritis Action.
Mark joined Anchor in December 2016 from the ExtraCare Charitable Trust where he had spent the last 12 years spearheading ExtraCare’s Village Programme as Development Director - building 14 new large retirement villages with a further four villages on site. Prior to that Mark worked for 25 years in the private sector for a number of large international groups - including Cable & Wireless, Foster Wheeler and Fives Group - building process plants all around the world. Mark brings with him to Anchor his extensive development and project management experience.