Stephen Ladyman PhD (Chair)
Director, Oak Retirement Ltd
Stephen Ladyman moved from a scientific background to become MP for South Thanet in 1997.
In 2003 he was appointed as Minister for Community in the Department of Health. His responsibilities included adult social care, the health of older people and Extra Care Housing. In 2005 he became Minister of State for Transport.
He left Parliament in 2010 and took a two year appointment as the Chief Executive of Retirement Security Ltd, a company that manages the largest estate of private extra-care retirement property in the UK. In 2012 he left Retirement Security to set up his own company, Oak Retirement, in the same sector. In addition, he is Chairman of the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Richard Morton MA RIBA (Vice Chair)
Director, RM Architects
Richard is an architect and set up his own practice, RM Architects, four years ago. Throughout his career he has specialised in older people’s housing, winning many design awards for work with Beechcroft, English Courtyard, Hanover and Anchor among others. Richard also worked on a new European Standard for Sheltered housing.
RMA work in other sectors as well with extensive experience on historic buildings, work in the City of London and general residential design.
Chris Thompson (Treasurer)
Managing Director, Beechcroft Developments Ltd
Chris Thompson is Managing Director of Beechcroft Developments Ltd, a private sector developer specialising in retirement housing. He first joined Beechcroft after leaving college in the 1980s and rejoined in the Company in 1999. Chris has played an important role in the Company’s development over the past 2 decades and specialises in the selection of sites and the design of both new schemes and conversions in some of the best locations in Southern England.
Principal, Driscoll Consulting Ltd
A Chartered Surveyor, David has taken many leading roles in the hospitality and care sectors over the last 30 years.
Starting his senior living career with Sunrise Senior Living as development director in the UK and Germany, he was appointed CEO for Signature Senior Lifestyle in 2006. Such roles has provided wide experience of the difficulties of site acquisition, design, planning and development as well as operational responsibilities in the senior living sector. Having set up his consultancy business, David was then appointed Property & Business Development Director for Audley Retirement, being responsible for development and sales of retirement with care developments.
Again following a short period of consultancy for PegasusLife, David was appointed MD of All of Us. He led a small team who developed a new model of care home focussing on older people living with dementia, in households of 8 people.
Having returned to his consultancy business he continues to advise a number of senior living organisations in matters of development and operations, including private care home operators, land owners, strategic land opportunities, and established operators such as The Royal Star & Garter Homes, The Goodman Group of America, Porthaven Care Homes, and a retirement community start up.
Head of Corporate Affairs, PegasusLife Group
Emma Webster is Head of Corporate Affairs for PegasusLife Group (made up of PegasusLife and Renaissance Retirement) leading on national policy work for the company. She is also responsible for site specific political and community engagement activities for PegasusLife. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and an Accredited Practitioner of the same body.
Emma has been a local Councillor for 16 years and has held various Cabinet positions, including Highways and Transport, Regeneration, Community Safety and Housing.
Kathleen Dunmore, Three Dragons
Housing Policy Consultant to RHG
Kathleen Dunmore is an economist with over 30 years experience in housing policy research. Formerly employed by Milton Keynes Development Corporation for whom she helped to develop a range of older persons housing options and as Social Housing Consultant to the House Builders Federation she has been a Director of Three Dragons since 1996. She has a long standing interest in older persons housing and particular expertise in modelling housing demand and supply.
Laura Easton MSc MCIH, Three Dragons
Housing Policy Consultant to RHG
Laura Easton has 30 years experience of working in the housing sector. She is a senior consultant at Three Dragons where her specialisms include research into demand and best practice for older persons' accommodation, as well as the development economics of retirement housing. She has previously worked in policy & strategy for local authorities and a large national charity.
John Montgomery FRICS MRTPI, Tanner and Tilley
Planning Consultant to RHG
John Montgomery is the sole principal of Tanner & Tilley Development Consultants. He has more than 40 years’ experience in planning and development, 16 of which were in local government where he attained the position of Assistant Director of Planning with direct responsibility for Development Control. John’s considerable experience includes the negotiation a wide range of major development projects but he specialises in all forms of accommodation for older people such as extra care developments, sheltered housing, retirement villages, and care complexes.