UK Executive Team
Natalie-Jane Macdonald MBE, CEO
Natalie-Jane joined Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare in June 2017. She has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare related B2B, B2C and B2G businesses, operating in highly regulated environments. She is also Chairman of Nuffield Health, the UK’s largest healthcare charity and she became a Non-Executive Director at Riverstone Living in July 2020. She was awarded an MBE in the 2021 New Year Honours list for services to Healthcare, particularly during the Covid-19 response.
Natalie-Jane began her career as a physician, working in acute medicine and in clinical research at the Department of Medicine of Glasgow University. She left clinical practice to join the BMA as head of medical ethics, before moving to Bupa where she spent 15 years in a variety of roles, latterly as Managing Director of the UK division, in which she led the Private Medical Insurance and related businesses. She joined Acorn Care and Education in 2013, a children’s services business, where she led organic and acquisitive growth, and a sale of the business in late 2017 to NFA group. She has previously held non-executive roles at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and the Private Health Information Network (PHIN).
Antony Brister, Chief Financial Officer
Antony joined Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare as Chief Financial Officer in March 2018. Antony started his career in accountancy and went on to qualify as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2003 before moving into industry in 2004. Here, he held significant roles within the finance team at Hilton Hotels and later held the position of UK Finance Director at Marriot/Starwood Hotels. In his role at Sunrise and Gracewell, Antony is responsible for the organisation’s financial performance and governance – a role he executes through liaising extensively with the leadership team as well as wider operational teams. Antony says that he joined Sunrise and Gracewell as he wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to work in a new sector, with the organisation having great market positioning and a clear plan for future growth and development. At Sunrise and Gracewell, he says that he enjoys working with great colleagues who have a real commitment to maximising the welfare of residents while realising an environment where all team members can thrive.
Nick Crossland, Senior Director of Operations and Sales
Nick joined Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare in February 2019. Prior to joining the organisation, Nick was Head of Customer Service and a Director at Bupa before working as Customer Services Director at Mitie, the UK's leading facilities management and professional services company. At Sunrise and Gracewell, Nick’s role focuses on the day-to-day running of the care homes. He ensures residents are well looked after and that the correct processes and procedures are in place to enable team members to deliver the best possible care they can. Nick loves the ever-changing challenges that come his way. He says he works with dedicated and passionate colleagues supporting him.
Phil Andrews, Senior Director of Property and Development
Phil joined Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare in October 2018. His role involves facilities management and capital expenditure for the existing homes, as well as the growth of the business through the development of new care homes. Phil’s career to date as solely been focused on development and construction through a variety of roles in commercial, design, development, and client relationship positions across various sectors. Having worked in the care sector for many years, it is a place where Phil takes real satisfaction and pride in creating wonderful environments for people to enjoy in their later years. Phil says he joined Sunrise and Gracewell as the brands are synonymous with luxury. He wanted to be part of a company that delivers high quality care and to be able to grow the business from within.
Sharon Benson, Senior Director of Human Resources
Sharon started at Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare in January 2020. Before joining the organisation, she worked in retail and finance and as Group HR Director for Acorn Care and Education. Sharon leads a team of 28 people and her role covers recruitment, rewards and recognition, employee engagement and the HR business partner function. She believes that the ripple effect of your impact is much greater if you build an amazing atmosphere for people to work in. She also says that creating the right culture and a place where people want to work will help them deliver the best quality care to residents.