The Future of Ageing 2017: Transforming Tomorrow Today

Wednesday, 29th November 2017 - 9:00 - 18:00 (approx.)

Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre
25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA

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Time for Transformation, a new ‘normal’ – 
where society has aligned and adapted to the fact we are living longer.

The world is going through turbulent times. But one thing is certain – it is getting older.

ILC-UK has been active for 16 years and have witnessed some significant change over this time. Yet progress has been far too slow and we are still talking about issues which should have been solved 10 years ago.

This conference will aim to reinvigorate those of us already convinced of the importance of ageing. But to achieve the transformation we need must reach beyond the usual suspects. We need businesses, entrepreneurs, people managers, and marketing professionals to work with the charity sector and policy makers and politicians to deliver change. And we need to help provide the evidence to make the case for action.

Our third conference will seek to kick-start that transformation. It won’t be a run of the mill “ageing” conference. It will be different. We will challenge and energise you. We want the conference to lead to change.
If we are to make the most of the opportunity of age we need to engage businesses and community leaders to act.

We want everyone to come away learning something new and with a plan to act. We will set the groundwork to inspire and support government, business and voluntary organisations to better prepare, adapt and prosper in a longer-lived society. The conference will reach new businesses and other stakeholders.

You will disagree with some of what our presenters have to say. That’s fine, the Future of Ageing Conference is a place to have these honest debates. And you will get the opportunity to have your say.

The Future of Ageing Conference will

  • be brave enough to have the honest conversations we need to have
  • convene experts and innovators
  • challenge our own prejudices and yours
  • debate some of the big issues
  • avoid stereotyping. We won’t let people generalise about older or younger people or even about cohorts. Saying “The baby boomers X” will be banned.
  • debating the evidence rather than present it
  • avoid “the ageing Cliché”
  • try and cause mischief and have some fun
  • invite unexpected contributors to talk about the big and familiar issues
  • challenge every speaker
  • Insist speakers focus on the transforming tomorrow today

But we won’t...

  • repeat what people already know. Before the conference delegates will get a short factpack setting out the evidence
  • allow presenters to show us showing population pyramids (we all know we are ageing)
  • pretend that ageing is always good and that old age is always the best time of our lives. Too many older people spend too much of their time alone, in poor health, with only the TV for company
  • let people say “The fact we are living longer is a good thing”. It doesn’t need to be said. And it undermines the fact that for too many people today, old age isn’t a good or happy time
  • try to sex up ageing or pretend there are simple solutions
  • let anyone use imagery of older people’s hands in their presentation. And we won’t have any smiling studio shots of older people on the beach.


9.25 Welcome to the Future of Ageing: Baroness Greengross, Chief Executive, ILC-UK

9.30 Opening keynote: Dr Pol Vandenbroucke, Vice President Medical Strategy, Pfizer

10.00 ILC-UK keynote

10.10 Workshops

How can we maximise the Economic Contribution of older people?

  • John McTernan, Senior Vice President, PSB & Former Political Secretary to Tony Blair
  • Diane Kenwood, Editor, Woman’s Weekly & ILC-UK Trustee
  • Jane Ashcroft, Chief Executive, Anchor
  • Debora Price, Micra and BSG President
  • Professor Andrew Scott, Professor of Economics, London Business School

Is Anti-microbial resistance a threat to longevity – and what can we do about it?

  • Professor Alan Johnson, Head of AMR, Public Health England’s Centre for Infectious Disease Survelliance and Control
  • Professor Anthony Scott, Director, The Vaccine Centre, LSHTM
  • Mark Chataway, Managing Director, Hyderus
  • Dave Eaton, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, ILC-UK

How can we maximise the Economic Contribution of older people?

  • John McTernan, Senior Vice President, PSB & Former Political Secretary to Tony Blair
  • Diane Kenwood, Editor, Woman’s Weekly & ILC-UK Trustee
  • Jane Ashcroft, Chief Executive, Anchor
  • Debora Price, Micra and BSG President
  • Professor Andrew Scott, Professor of Economics, London Business School 

Is the future less of more ageist?

  • Sam Smethers, Chief Executive, Fawcett Society
  • Rt Hon Dame Margaret Hodge MP, ‘How to stop wasting women's talents: overcome our fixation with youth’
  • Yasmin Boudia, ‘Can we use Virtual Reality to tackle ageism?’
  • Tessa Harding, ex-Help the Aged and NCV

How can the housing industry innovate for tomorrow's older consumers?

  • Baroness Sally Greengross, Chief Executive, ILC-UK
  • Lord Best, Co-Chair, APPG for Housing and Care for Older People
  • Nigel Howell, Chief Executive, FirstPort
  • Gary Day, Land and Planning Director, McCarthy & Stone
  • Sue Adams, Chief Executive, Care and Repair England

11.20 Short break

11.40 How can we save the NHS?

  • Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, Chair, NHS Confederation
  • Dr David Oliver, Clinical Vice President, Royal College of Physicians
  • Baroness Greengross, Chief Executive, ILC-UK
  • Pamela Spence, Partner, Life Sciences Industry Leader, EY

12.40 - 13:50: Lunch

A Death Café will be held over lunch, run by Louise Winter, Founder, Poetic Endings.

13.50 More inequalities in a world of austerity?

  • Anna Dixon, Chief Executive, Centre for Ageing Better
  • Inequality in Life Expectancy: Andrew Gaches, Head of Longevity, Life and Financial Services, Hymans Robertson
  • Inequalities in old age: Professor Tom Scharf, Professor of Social Gerontology, Newcastle University
  • Austerity and Health across Europe: Ben Franklin, Head of Economics of Ageing, ILC-UK

15:00 The Open Slot

15:10 Comfort break/coffee available

15:25 Workshops

Filling the skills gaps: Migration, more older workers, or both? 

  • Yvonne Sonsino, Partner and Innovation Leader, Mercer and Co-Chair DWP Fuller Working Lives Business Strategy Group
  • Professor Jonathan Portes, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, King’s College London
  • Dean Hochlaf, Assistant Economist, ILC-UK

Can we automate care?

  • Gordon Sutherland, Chief Executive, Tunstall
  • Eric Kihlstrom, Co-Founder, KareInn
  • Pamela Spence, Partner, Global Life Sciences Industry Leader, EY
  • George Holley-Moore, Research and Policy Manager, ILC-UK

​Can technology drive innovation in pensions, health and care?

  • Iain Brown, Partner, Fiduciary Management, EY
  • Dawid Konotey-Ahulu, Co-Founder, Redington
  • Erica Young, Director, Anthemis

The future of the end: Living forever or dying in style

  • Professor Douglas Davies FBA, Professor of the Study of Religion, Durham University
  • Louise Winter, Founder, Poetic Endings
  • Dave Eaton, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, ILC-UK

16:35 Closing Keynote: Professor Andrew Scott, Professor of Economics, London Business School and author of ‘The 100 year life’

17.35 Reception

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Corporate Rate

  • £299+VAT

Charity/ Not for Profit/ Uni /Individuals Rate

  • £210+VAT

PhD Students

  • £110+VAT

If you are a member of the ILC-UK Partners Programme, please contact us at for a Partners Programme Discount Code.

There is a £50 non-refundable charge on all bookings.
Cancellations within 14 days of the conference will be charged 50% of the purchased cost.
Cancellations within 7 days of the conference are non-refundable.
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We have a range of sponsorship, advertising and promotional opportunities to suit your company's objectives and budget. Our team are dedicated to understanding your aims and will help to put together a bespoke package to suit your needs.
Please contact Fabiana Bertin or Dave Eaton on 0207 340 0440 or for more information.

We are grateful to McCarthy & Stone and EY for their sponsorship of this conference.


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Who will you debate at the Future of Ageing Conference?

During this year’s Future of Ageing conference, we would like to invite you to share your vision of the Future of Ageing with an exclusive speaking slot.

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