Executive Board

Our team of around 1,700 staff is led by the Executive Chairman, CEO and 5 department directors. Each department director is responsible to the CEO for the successful, compliant and safe delivery of a particular area of the business. Together we are all responsible for putting the residents needs at the very heart of everything we do. We have one main goal: our residents and the care they receive.  

Colten Care supports the Dementia Friends programme.  The Executive Board are all Dementia Friends and we are committed to all our team members to have the option to become a Dementia Friend.

Three members of the Executive Board today are part of the original founders’ families.
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Ian Hudson, Executive Chairman
Ian has over 25 experience leading Colten Care as it grew from two homes to nineteen. Ian Chairs the Colten Care Executive Board

Mark Aitchison, Chief Executive and Group Finance Director
Mark's key responsibility as CEO is to lead the Executive Board in the successful delivery of the board's strategy. HIs finance responsibilities include ensuring the business is well resourced to deliver high standards of care as well as to meet future growth targets

George Colwell, Construction Director
George leads the expert internal and external construction teams responsible of the development of new homes as well as the refurbishment and maintenance teams.

Rick Otten, Co-Chairman and Property Director
Rick is Co-Chairman of Colten Care, ensuring the enduring principles of his father, joint founder Adrian Otten, continue with the next generation. Rick has more than 16 years’ experience working for the family business and is involved across many award-winning departments in both Colten Care and Colten Developments. They include land and planning, architectural and technical design, our gardening team, the in-house interior design team and property management, as well as the sales and customer services team for Colten Developments.

Elaine Farrer, Operations Director
Elaine's team is responsible for the wellbeing of residents and includes Operations Managers, Quality Managers and Clinical Managers, supporting Home Managers' teams.  The Operations department also includes the Activities and Hotel Services teams (Catering, Housekeeping and Laundry)

Andrew Arkinstall, Director of HR
Andrew's Human Resources department includes HR business partners, a Health and Safety Manager as well as the Learning and Development team.  Together his team ensure we have a well resourced, appropriately qualified and motivated staff team.

Tim Wookey, Director of Marketing and Companionship
Tim’s Marketing team assists with the generation of good quality enquiries into our homes. This includes sponsorships, events, advertising, PR, brochures and websites. His Companionship team provides residents with activities, pastimes, fundraising opportunities and sociability which helps make each day fulfilling and purposeful.

Tim is a Dementia Friends Champion and has created over 200 Dementia Friends and is an active member of his local dementia action group in Lymington.

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