ARCO appoints first Executive Director
Published by Sarah Gilbert for ARCO in Housing and also in Communities
ARCO, the Associated Retirement Community Operators, has appointed its first director to oversee the development of the retirement community sector in the UK.
Michael Vogues has been appointed to run the membership organisation, and joins from Cordis Bright, a leading social care consultancy.
While at Cordis Bright Michael worked with ARCO from its formation in 2012 and has supported the organisation through its secretariat.
The appointment marks a step-change in the organisation’s profile and means that its thirteen founding members will be able to do more to raise awareness of and increase the number of retirement communities for older people in the UK.
ARCO members are signed up to a charter adhering to a set of standards around transparency and quality. They represent more than 250 retirement communities in the private and not for profit sectors. This is more than 40% of the retirement community market.
Jon Gooding, ARCO Chair, said: “I am delighted to welcome Michael to ARCO full time and as our first executive director. He has been instrumental in the journey so far. We have set a strategy to increase the number of older people living in retirement community homes by 5% by 2030 as the population of over-85s are projected to double to 3.3million in 2030. It is vital we build the right kinds of homes for this growing demographic. Appointing Michael is a great first step to this ambitious target.”
Michael said: “I am excited to lead the ARCO strategy at this time. I look forward to working to create an effective and meaningful set of industry standards and to ensuring that consumers understand and engage with the choices that retirement communities offer them.
ARCO members offer a range of choices for retirees who are thinking about how they want to live as they get older. Members of the retirement community sector can meet the lifestyle, health and social care needs of our aging population, in a way that suits individuals.”
Michael Voges holds a degree in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University and an MSc in Comparative Social Policy from Oxford University. Michael has a background in journalism, having covered issues surrounding education policy, juvenile delinquency and childcare for German television.