Sandra Stark

Sandra Stark is a registered nurse with an MBA in healthcare management and over 30 years’ experience in a variety of care settings in the NHS, community and independent sector.

Sandra has worked in a number of senior roles in operations and clinical services including Managing Director of Retirement Living, Director of Nursing and Director of Clinical Governance for a number of corporate groups including Bupa. In these roles she successfully led staff teams to many national awards such as Laing and Buisson and Health Investor. She has provided consultancy advice on clinical risk management to GP practices, care home advice to the Royal College of Nursing and was a Specialist Advisor with the Care Quality Commission. 

Sandra has contributed to many national committees and is currently founder and Managing Director of Ardoch Group, which supports organisations to improve their performance, manage clinical risk and improve staff wellbeing.

Sandra has seen at first hand the significant benefits of personally meaningful music for people with dementia and their families. In her role as Chair, she works to ensure as many people as possible have access to their own playlist.

Sandra's playlist

Freebird – Lynyrd Skynrd
A song from my student days when life was free and the world there to be explored.

Every River – Run Rig
For my husband who I met travelling in the Himalayas.

The Pilgrimage – Duncan Chisholm
Walking in the wilderness – beaches, woods and hills.

Theme from Local Hero – Mark Knopfler
My favourite movie about what is important in life.

Stranger on the Shore – Acker Bill
One of my late fathers favourite songs and it always reminds me of him.