Who we are

Any organisation, large or small, can only be as good as the people in it. Abbeyfield's well-earned reputation for providing excellent housing and care services is mainly thanks to the exceptional people - management, staff and volunteers - who have joined our cause.

Our Chief Executive Officer

Our Senior Management Team

Anna Boyes, Director of Marketing

Anna joined Abbeyfield in February 2014. Anna has a background in consumer facing marketing roles within the private sector.

Alastair Mulvie, Director of Fundraising

Alastair joined Abbeyfield in 2015 as our first Director of Fundraising. He has held leadership roles in a number of charities and came to Abbeyfield from St John Ambulance, where he was the Fundraising Director.

Douglas Webb, Director of Retirement Living

In 2000 Douglas began working in the elderly care sector including executive and non executive roles in a variety of national and regional organisations.

Jonathan Sweet, Director of Legal and Compliance & Company Secretary

Jonathan joined Abbeyfield in December 2014, having been the in-house Counsel for Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). Prior to that, Jonathan was a Solicitor with an international law firm in London. In private practice, Jonathan was a litigator having gained experience of regulatory investigations brought by multiple agencies across several jurisdictions.

Richard Virr, Director of Development

Richard joined Abbeyfield in April 2012 and has over 20 years experience in property and construction. Prior to joining Abbeyfield, Richard worked for Buro Four, the largest specialist Project Management consultancy in the UK.

John Clark, Director of Finance

John joined Abbeyfield in November 2019,after working at the Royal Voluntary Service, and prior to that spent many years as a Finance Director in Retail companies such as HMV, Pret a Manger and Play.com.

Julie Robinson, Regional Director (North)

Julie has held a variety of leadership roles during her career, with significant experience of leading and implementing change and transformation, always with a focus on delivering the best results for the customer. Julie joined Abbeyfield in January 2018 as the Regional Director for the North having worked in a variety of different organisations across public, private and charitable sectors.

Kirstan Sparshott, Regional Director (East)

Kirstan has a wealth of experience in social care and supported housing and has held senior operational management roles over the last 13 years. Kirstan regularly takes part in charity fundraising events and is a keen volunteer. She is an active member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and the Chartered Management Institute and is dedicated to making a difference to older people’s lives.

Heather Mohammed, Regional Director (West)

Heather has extensive knowledge and experience working in sheltered and supported housing. Heather has worked at Abbeyfield since December 2008.

Gail Manley, HR Director

Gail joined Abbeyfield as HR Director in October 2018. Her career in HR has incorporated leadership roles in a variety of sectors including welfare to work, heath and utilities. Gail ran her own HR consultancy business prior to joining Abbeyfield. She is passionate about ensuring Abbeyfield is a great place to work.

Our Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is made up of volunteer members, each selected for their expertise and experience in sectors including housing, care and finance.

The Members’ Committee’s main function is to contribute to strategic change and share learning across the whole organisation, including looking at any change of policy and strategy for Abbeyfield.

Jenny Lawrence

Jenny became involved with Abbeyfield in 2011 in the voluntary role of regional strategy head for the north east of England.

Amanda Houlihan

Amanda has been involved in the Abbeyfield organisation since 2005, when she came a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee for the Leonard Pulham Nursing Home.

Jeff Medlock

Jeff became a trustee of Abbeyfield Beaconsfield Society in 2009 and has been Chairman since 2012.

The Right Reverend Dr Stephen Venner, DL

For ten years Stephen was the Bishop in Canterbury & Bishop of Dover, leading the Diocese of Canterbury on behalf of the Archbishop.

Andrew Larpent OBE

Andrew is currently Founder/Chairman of the Commonwealth Association for the Ageing – CommonAge.

Professor Brian Williams CBE

Currently Chairman of the Abbeyfield Societies in Scotland since 2013 and a member of the Members’ Committee of The Abbeyfield Society.

Sara Beamand

Sara has over 25 years’ experience within the care and supported housing environment, prior to this having worked in general needs housing.

Ken Staveley MBE

Ken’s Abbeyfield pedigree stretches back to 1973 when he joined the Ulverston Society and became Chairman.

Chris Smith

Chris retired in 2013 after 10 years as Chief of Staff to the Archbishop of Canterbury. He now pursues a portfolio of interests, mainly in the voluntary sector.

Andre Decraene

André has a passion for learning about and understanding the aims and concerns of the people with whom to deal. André is also a trustee of other charities dealing with housing and welfare of people with a mental illness.

Cedric Meiring

Cedric was nominated to the Board of Abbeyfield South Africa, November 2016. In September 2017 he was appointed as Chairman of the Board Abbeyfield SA.

Our Patron

We are lucky to have the support of many patrons, who give their time and expertise to support our work. Our Royal patron HRH the Prince of Wales and the Carr-Gomm family are invaluable in underpinning our values.

We thank all our patrons for their continued support.

John Robinson, CBE


  • The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Baron Williams of Oystermouth
  • The Duchess of Northumberland
  • Lord John Prescott
  • Harriet Carr-Gomm
  • David Carr-Gomm
  • Adam Carr-Gomm
  • Elizabeth Parker (Carr-Gomm)
  • Anna Newton (Carr-Gomm)
  • Ron Kenyon, OBE
  • Michael Brooks
  • The Rt Hon Baroness Virginia Bottomley of Nettlestone, JP
  • Dame Gillian Wagner, DBE, OBE
  • Dame Judi Dench, DBE
  • The Lord Elis-Thomas
  • Alun E Michael, JP
  • Dame Patricia Routledge, OBE
  • Martin Shreeve, OBE MBA DSW BSc (Econ)
  • Professor Alan Walker, DLitt FRSA
  • Aled Jones

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