Meet our team

As an equal-opportunities employer, Age Partnership is committed to developing a safe, professional and fun place to work, where mutual respect and consideration are the norm. Our management team are all very passionate about our business, the people we work with and the customers we help.

  • Andrew Thirkill
    Founder and Group Chairman

    Andrew recognised the increasing importance of equity release in retirement planning back in 2003, establishing Age Partnership in 2004 and obtaining FCA permissions to trade in 2005. With no financial service background or experience to fall back on, this was not an easy journey.

    Andrew is extremely passionate and active within the business and drives our strategy and growth and insists our clients are treated respectfully and fairly, something which is a core DNA of the company’s culture.

  • Steve Auckland
    Chief Executive Officer

    Steve became Chief Executive Officer of Age Partnership in 2020 to further enhance its position in the market.

    Steve has an extremely successful track record in growing and developing some of the UK’s most famous media brands. He was MD of Yorkshire Post Newspapers and Metro, CEO at Northcliffe Media & subsequently Local World which involved over 400 local print & digital businesses, the Independent, i, London Live TV & London Evening Standard. While at Metro he helped the business grow over an eight year period from a fledgling brand into the largest and most profitable free newspaper in the world.

    “Having been involved in a small capacity with the company over the last two years, I have been fortunate to witness the huge potential for further growth. This is a vital sector for the economy and as the UK&s number one equity release business, with the highest standards of regulated & unbiased advice, we are well placed to help customers release value from their homes & enrich their lives.”

  • Simon Warhurst
    Chief Operating Director

    Simon joined Age Partnership in 2006, and has been the driving force behind our market‑leading systems and IT infrastructure almost since the company’s inception.

    Prior to joining Age Partnership, Simon previously worked as Head of IT at private healthcare provider, Ultralase.

    Simon became Chief Operating Officer in 2020 and prior to taking up the role of COO, he held the position of Operations Director.

    “Striving to delight our customers is a key area of focus for our business and our colleagues, both in terms of the value of the products that we offer and in the way that we deliver our service. Listening to customers and acting on feedback that we receive is embedded in the culture of Age Partnership and allows us to continually improve the service that we offer.”

  • Justin Wysocki
    Chief Revenue Officer

    Justin joined Age Partnership in 2010 to manage online advertising but quickly progressed onto the Senior Management Team. Prior to joining Age Partnership, Justin has had experience of marketing in retail and wider financial services, which included playing a key role in the launch and promotion of a range of trading platforms for Halifax Share‑Dealing.

    Justin became Chief Revenue Officer in 2020 and prior to taking up the role of CRO, he held the position of Marketing Director.

    “Providing world‑class service stems from having world‑class people, who make meeting our customers’ objectives their number one priority. The innovative teams at Age Partnership continuously work hard to provide fantastic customer experiences, getting the best outcome for our customers so they can enjoy their retirement.”

  • Jonathan Simpson
    Finance Director

    Jonathan joined Age Partnership in 2013 as a qualified Chartered Accountant, who has served in a number of executive leadership roles across a range of sectors including private healthcare, marketing and financial services.

    Prior to this, Jonathan spent several years as Finance Director of laser eye surgery provider, Ultralase, overseeing a period of aggressive growth that took the business from a valuation of £30m in 2005 to a £175m private equity acquisition in 2007.

    “I am excited to work for a group that continually pushes the boundaries of the possible to ensure that the customer remains at the heart of everything that we do. There is never a dull moment and it is never a case of ‘that’s the way it has always been’.”

  • Dan Baines
    Commercial Director

    Dan joined Age Partnership in 2007 to lead the company’s sales & marketing activity, since which time he has achieved a track record of developing highly‑regarded and often market‑changing services that put the customer at their very heart.

    Prior to joining Age Partnership, Dan worked in private healthcare with laser eye specialist, Ultralase, where he performed turnaround management for troubled business units.

    “We have an inherent desire to be the best at what we do, which means we never stop looking for ways to improve. We strive to create a service and a culture whereby colleagues and customers alike see Age Partnership as a place that stands out from the crowd, for all the right reasons.”

  • David Wing
    Risk and Compliance Director

    David’s position as Risk and Compliance Director sees him take the lead in the continuing development of the company’s governance structures, policies and procedures. He was previously Head of Risk and Governance and is a well‑known figure across the finance industry.

    “I’m extremely passionate about making sure we do the right thing for our clients. Having worked in FSA/FCA regulated business for over 17 years, I can provide a consistent focus on conduct risk at the highest level of management. With the ultimate aim to, not only make continuing improvements, but to also drive up standards across the sector by setting a positive example.”