Anchor Trust and Hanover Housing Association merged in November 2018 to form Anchor Hanover, the largest provider of specialist housing and care for people in later life in England.
Governance of Anchor Hanover is entrusted to a Non-Executive Board and an Executive Board.
Our Executive Board
Jane Ashcroft CBE
Jane Ashcroft CBE is Anchor Hanover’s Chief Executive.
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 Jane 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 Vice Chair 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.
Chief Financial Officer
Sarah Jones’ role as Chief Financial Officer is accountable for ensuring that Anchor Hanover is a sustainable organisation with the financial resources needed to meet our commitments to existing customers, deliver value for money to all stakeholders, to finance the development of new services and approaches, and manage risk and procurement.
Sarah 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 senior finance roles across large corporate and private equity businesses, including being the Director of Finance in UK & Republic of Ireland at Carpetright Plc and senior roles at HMV and The Burton Group/Arcadia.
She holds an MSc in Strategic Management Accounting.
Managing Director Housing Operations
Chris Munday is Managing Director Housing Operations and responsible for Anchor Hanover’s Housing Operations Directorate, bringing together housing and related property services across the organisation’s portfolio, including retirement housing, extra care and operating new developments. Chris also oversees the customer contact centre and the services provided by both Anchorcall and Hanover on Call.
As such, his emphasis is on providing good quality housing for older people on an affordable basis, and on facilitating resilience, independence and wellbeing.
Chris was previously Hanover’s Executive Director Operations and is a recognised influencer in the supported housing sector, respected in particular for the central focus he places on the needs of the people whom the sector aims to serve.
Managing Director Care Services
With more than three decades of experience in social care, Mark Greaves, as Designate Managing Director Care Services, is responsible for all of the care home services, and for care quality across Anchor Hanover. He is the “Nominated Individual” with the Care Quality Commission.
Mark joined Anchor as Care Services Director in 2015 when Ideal Carehomes joined the organisation. Mark has assembled a strong professional team which has helped ensure increased levels of compliance, innovative approaches to activities and an unflinching focus on residents’ needs across Anchor’s 100 plus care homes.
Executive Director Development
Mark Curran is Executive Director Development and responsible for implementing the development programmes and sales plans already underway in Hanover and Anchor and for examining the development opportunities for Anchor Hanover across the full range of older people’s housing and care services.
Mark joined Anchor as Development Director in December 2016 from the ExtraCare Charitable Trust where he had spent the previous 12 years spearheading ExtraCare’s Village Programme as Development and Sales Director - building 14 new large retirement villages (with a further four villages on site) and selling more than 1200 apartments in mixed tenure developments as well as managing an extensive resales programme.
Executive Director Governance
Rona Nicholson is Executive Director Governance and responsible for Anchor Hanover’s governance services as well as leading on a range of projects and activities to ensure robust compliance as we manage the transition from two organisations into one.
Previosuly, as Deputy Chief Executive of Hanover, Rona’s responsibilities included Communications, HR, Procurement, Health and Safety and Business Projects. She joined Hanover as Chief Operations Officer in 2010 from Tribal Consulting where she was an Associate Director and before that held director-level posts at the Tenant Services Authority, the Housing Corporation and Orbit Housing Group.
Interim Executive Director for Business Services
Ronnie Clawson is Interim Executive Director for Business Services and responsible for the key support functions of HR, IT and Communications at Anchor Hanover.
Ronnie has over 20 years’ experience in housing and has worked in some of the biggest housing associations in the sector. He has held senior management and executive roles in Affinity Sutton (now Clarion), Peabody Trust and also at Riverside, where he was Corporate Services Director for almost 10 years.
At Peabody he introduced their first Customer Services Centre and was then involved in the merger between Riverside and English Churches Housing Group and oversaw their merger with a number of other organisations in Scotland and England. Before joining Anchor, he was interim Director of Corporate Services at Housing Solutions, a Housing Association in Berkshire, where he led their preparations for a successful IDA by the Homes and Communities Agency earlier this year. He is also a Board member of First Choice Homes, an association based in Manchester.
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