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Baroness Sally Greengross has been a crossbench (independent) member of the House of Lords since 2000 and Co-Chairs four All-Party Parliamentary Groups: Dementia, Corporate Social Responsibility, Continence Care and Ageing and Older People. She is the Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Choice at the End of Life, and is Treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Equalities.  Sally is also Chair of the cross-party Intergenerational Fairness Forum.

Sally is Chief Executive of the International Longevity Centre – UK; was Co-President of the ILC Global Alliance from 2010-17 and is now their Special Ambassador; and was a Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission from 2006-12.

Baroness Greengross was Director General of Age Concern England from 1987 until 2000. Until 2000, she was joint Chair of the Age Concern Institute of Gerontology at Kings College London, and Secretary General of Eurolink Age. She is an Ambassador for Alzheimer’s Society, SilverLine and HelpAge International.

Baroness Greengross is a Member of several advisory boards including Home Instead’s Global Strategy Council; Fujitsu’s Responsible Business Board; and BlackRock Retirement Institute’s Advisory Council.

She is President of the Pensions Policy Institute and the Association of Retirement Housing Managers; Honorary Vice President of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, a Vice President of the Local Government Association and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries.

Sally is Patron of several organisations including the Association of Retirement Community Operators; Care & Repair England; the National Network of Clinical Ethics Committees; the Ransackers Association; the Association for Ageing & Education; and Age UK Westminster. Sally holds honorary doctorates from nine UK universities.

Her work on ageing has been recognised by the UN Committee on Ageing and she received an outstanding achievement award from the British Society of Gerontology as well a British Geriatric Society Medal. Sally was UK Woman of Europe in 1990 and has been an Ambassador for the Prince of Wales supporting responsible business practice.


David has worked in policy and research on ageing and demographic change for 15 years.

David has a particular interest in older consumers, adult vaccination, active ageing, financial services, and the role of technology in an ageing society. He has a strong knowledge of UK and global ageing society issues, from healthcare to pensions and from housing to transport.

David has worked extensively on the issue of adult vaccination over the past eight years. He was a leading member of the SAATI coalition and is a board member of the Coalition for Life Course Immunisation.

David has presented on longevity and demographic change across the world (from Stafford to Seoul and Singapore to Stormont). In 2016 David won the Pensions-Net-Work Award for “The most informative speaker 2006-2016”. He is frequently quoted on ageing issues in the national media.

David is a member of the judging panel for the British Society of Gerontology Outstanding Achievement Award. He is a member of the Editorial Board for “Working with Older People”. David is a member of the Advisory Panel for the International Centre for Lifecourse Studies.

David is a Chair of a London based charity (Open Age) which enables older people to sustain their physical and mental fitness, maintain active lifestyles and develop new and stimulating interests. He works as an “expert” for the pan-European Age Platform. He is also a member of the BT Customer Inclusion Leadership Panel. He works as a member of three DWP Age Action Alliance Working Groups and is the former Vice-Chair of the Government’s Consumer Expert Group for Digital Switchover.

Prior to joining the ILC-UK, David worked as Head of Policy at Help the Aged where he led a team of 8 policy advisors. David has also worked for environmental and disability organisations in policy and public affairs functions. His other experience includes working as a VSO volunteer in Romania and in Parliament for a Member of Parliament and backbench committees.

David is a retired football referee, is married, and has an eleven year old son. He runs (slowly) and cycles (a little quicker) and once scored a penalty against Peter Shilton.

Sally-Marie is responsible for ILC-UK’s research outputs and the organisation's strategy and research direction. She has led and managed over 100 research projects since joining the ILC-UK in 2009. Sally-Marie has researched and authored a wide range of reports covering health, social care, social isolation and loneliness, inequalities and the working longer agenda.

Sally-Marie has led and worked on a range of high profile projects, including reports commissioned by Lord Darzi, through the Institute of Global Health Innovation which was launched by the former Prime Minister, to producing the report for the Ministerial Summit on Dementia Research, to successfully leading and managing three reports on the working longer agenda for Business in the Community which was launched by the Prince of Wales. Sally-Marie has also advised and/or worked for the World Health Organisation, various All Party Parliamentary Groups and Select Committees and several Government departments including the Department of Health and DEFRA.

ILC-UK is also committed to generating change and stimulating innovation; to this end, Sally-Marie alongside other colleagues established the first LGBT Intergenerational Projects to our knowledge in the world at that time, and this work has now inspired future LGBT intergenerational projects in New York and Australia. Sally-Marie has also researched and pioneered good practice in previously taboo subject areas such as dementia and relationships: this good practice guide produced for the Department of Health received high level endorsement from across the sector including the dementia Tsar and was adopted and rolled out across major care home providers in the UK, and adopted as best practice by the National Council of Dementia Practitioners in the US.

Prior to joining the ILC-UK, Sally-Marie held a variety of posts in the charity and political sector, leading on public affairs, policy and research in social care, health and workforce development. She also worked in the European Parliament as a political advisor and as a speech writer for the Chair and Chief Executive at the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Sally-Marie has a Masters in social policy and research and is also qualified NCTJ accredited journalist, she is also fluent in French with conversational German.

Ben Franklin leads the ILC-UK’s work on the economic implications of population ageing. He has published numerous reports on pensions and savings, longer working lives, adult social care and the future of the UK welfare state. Ben has spoken at many high profile events and conferences, including the launch of the flagship Missing Million report with the Prince of Wales and at the recent Select Committee inquiry into Intergenerational Fairness.

Prior to ILC-UK, Ben worked as an Associate in the Financial Conduct Authority’s Risk Department. In this role, Ben undertook economic analysis to support the organisation’s shift to a more forward looking approach to regulating the financial services sector.

Before the FCA, Ben was Policy and Research Manager at the Chartered Insurance Institute where, amongst other things, he led a major research project called “Future Risk” to coincide with the Institute’s centenary. And before all this, Ben spent a year working in the Financial Stability Unit of the Treasury as a researcher in the immediate aftermath of the banking crisis.

Jon Date joined the International Longevity Centre – UK as Head of External Affairs in June 2018. In this role he is responsible for managing ILC-UK’s public profile and communicating our work to external audiences. This includes working with colleagues to develop and implement communications plans covering public affairs, influencing, media, digital, events and stakeholder engagement.

Before joining ILC-UK Jon was the Senior Advocacy Manager at the international development charity ActionAid UK, where he was responsible for ActionAid’s engagement with the UK Government and Parliament. He has also worked at the consumer organisation Which?, where he managed public campaigns on personal finance issues. Before that he worked at Teneo Blue Rubicon, a PR agency.

Lyndsey joined the ILC-UK in October 2011 as an Administration and Events Assistant. She graduated from the Birmingham School of Acting, formerly the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama, in 2004. Coming from a varied background in theatre, admin and events, she is no stranger to deadlines and organisation.

Lyndsey oversees the ILC's busy event schedule, managing over 50 ILC-UK events each year including roundtable discussions, small scale seminars and workshops, dinners, lunches and large half-day conferences. She has managed a high profile drinks reception at 10 Downing Street, hosted by Mrs Samantha Cameron, the ILC's annual ‘Future of Ageing’ conferences.

She is responsible the smooth running of the ILC-UK office, and works with ILC's Chief Executive and Director in enuring the organisation's refulatory obligations are met.

Nilan joined ILC-UK in August 2018. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant (CIMA, UK & Chartered, Sri Lanka) with EY, Sri Lanka. Following two years with PWC, Zambia, he was given a career development secondment in PWC’s London offices for another two years. He moved on to the SME sector and progressed to Finance Director. Having moved on to the charity sector in 2009, he has an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of charity finance. He can draw from his experience with the big 4 firms of accountants in London, Asia & Africa, a number of private sector companies in London where he worked for companies in various sectors - managing projects funded by the World Bank & those with associate companies in Europe, Asia, Africa & Russia.

Nilan is married with two children. He follows cricket (England & Sri Lanka teams) & plays soft-ball cricket in the common with his two daughters aged 30 & 27 and his son-in-law & any passers-by who wish to join in. For nearly fifteen years he has developed his talents on bereavement counselling. He enjoys taking part in church activities, listening to music, sport & to current affairs programs. He sang in the junior school choir, a talent which he has improved over the years. 

Nilan attends events conducted by Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) Voice, a charity connected to the Merton Council and Age UK Merton and is very much a community person.

Dave Eaton is the International Longevity Centre – UK’s Policy and Public Affairs Manager.

Prior to joining the ILC-UK, Dave worked in a party-political capacity specialising in communications. He has also spent time as a researcher at the Centre for Death and Life Studies based in Durham, England and wrote his MRes thesis on a cognitive neurological approach to digital thanatology. Dave coordinates the ILC-UK's press and public affairs activities, manages the secretariat of a European medical alliance (ENHA) and sits on the Advisory Board of the Age Action Alliance.

His policy work focuses on lifecourse approaches to immunisation, encompassing behavioural approaches to increasing vaccine uptake, immunisation communication and antimicrobial resistance in the context of our rapidly ageing society.

Brian joined the ILC-UK in June 2013. In this role, he has conducted research on a range of topics related to population ageing, such as loneliness, serious illness, and housing, with his main expertise relating to the issues around employment in later life. He has worked on this subject and the changing nature of retirement for over 12 years, and has been an active member on various strategic and advisory groups with universities, the voluntary sector, and government as they examine older people and the world of work. His engagement with Parliament included two appearances in 2017 before Select Committees to provide oral evidence on employment in later life and housing for older people.

Brian received his doctorate in 2016 from the University of Oxford, studying at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, where he explored how the concept of employability plays a role in the labour market behaviour of older workers, in England as well as in different European social policy contexts. Prior to this, he worked in the International Affairs office of AARP in Washington, DC, where he helped organise a number of international dialogues and conferences on issues related to population ageing. His work also included fostering AARP’s on-going collaboration with the United Nations Programme on Ageing, conducting outreach among the diplomatic and research communities.

Prior to his position at AARP, he completed the TransAtlantic Masters Program in Political Science through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and L’Università degli Studi di Siena, Italy. Through this programme, he gained extensive knowledge on European Union institutions, the process of European integration, and European welfare states. He speaks French and Italian, with varying competence in German, Portuguese, and Spanish

Sally joined ILC-UK as a Research Fellow in May 2017. Prior to this, she worked at the social and economic consultancy SQW as a Consultant, leading on several evaluations in the Health & Social Care and Children & Young People sectors. Examples of her work include managing the evaluation of the Urgent and Emergency Care Vanguard for Solihull CCG, and overseeing programme evaluations for two leading disability charities. She also worked on the evaluation of Sutton CCG’s Care Home Vanguard and the evaluation of the Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme for NHS England.

Sally is well-versed in both qualitative and quantitative research, with her project experience building on training in a range of methodologies whilst at SQW, as well as in her previous role as an Analyst at GfK. Her research interests are varied, including social isolation and loneliness, service integration, personalisation of care, and the role of new care models in the reform of the health and social care system.   Sally holds a BA in History from the University of Cambridge and the Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research Practice.

Dan joined the ILC in May 2018 as a Research Fellow.

Prior to joining the ILC Dan was a research consultant at ComRes, specialising in political and social research. Whilst at ComRes Dan was responsible for much of the organisations high profile voting intention research, for clients including the Independent, BBC and The Sun. Dan also worked with social research clients including the Resolution Foundation, NASUWT, the LGA and the Chartered Institute of Building in conducting large scale quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research projects. Before working at ComRes Dan worked at the Smith Institute as a researcher, contributing to many research projects, the Institute’s events programme and the Institute’s role as secretariat to an All Party Parliamentary Group. Dan’s analysis has appeared in print and other media forms including for the Guardian, BBC 5 Live, the Independent, the New Statesman and Public Finance magazine.

Dan has an MSc in Government, Policy and Politics from Birkbeck College, University of London and a BA in Hons in Politics from the University of Liverpool.

Amna joined ILC-UK in April 2017 as a Research and Policy Intern, she completed her undergraduate in politics and worked as a finance administrator at a homeless charity for a year before completing her Masters in Global Migration at UCL.

Her research interests vary and cover class and identity politics, feminism and LGBTQ activism. She is also interested in young people and activism online, as well as looking at regional politics with a particular focus on Yorkshire. She takes an interdisciplinary approach to research and is demonstrated in her analysis.

Mateja joined ILC-UK in January 2018 as Administrative Assistant.

Mateja studied marketing at the Economics University Zagreb and has worked in event organisation for more than ten years.  Previously she worked in an Italian Non- Profit foundation where she worked on prevention projects, collaborating with the majority of Italian schools and worldwide associations specialising in the problematics of troubled youth. She was actively involved in the organisation of a yearly project that saw over 3000 students attending a two-day event.

In 2017 she collaborated with a Non-Profit Organisation based in Brussels that was developing initiatives by bringing together policy makers, scientists and the public, where she managed the logistics for an annual Summit in the European Parliament and round tables during the year.

Lily joined the ILC-UK in July 2018 as an intern to manage the delivery of the Innovating for Ageing competition. In her role as policy and communications assistant, her role has broadened to encompass public affairs, press work and events management.
Prior to joining the ILC-UK, Lily completed an interdisciplinary degree combining Political Science, Data Analysis and Languages. She speaks English, German, French, Spanish and Mandarin to a proficient level. With a keen interest in international affairs, she managed a cross-party summit on the future challenges of the EU in the wake of the financial crisis and Brexit. She moreover co-organised two 600-attendee conferences on energy innovation in Africa and the Asia-Pacific region respectively.


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Dr Craig Berry is a Research Fellow at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, University of Sheffield, where he conducts research and analysis on growth and economic rebalancing. Previously he worked at the Trades Union Congress as Pensions Policy Officer, HM Treasury as a Policy Advisor on State Pensions and Older People, the International Longevity Centre-UK as Head of Policy and Senior Researcher, and the University of Warwick as Lecturer on economic policy. He completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2008 and his book 'Globalisation and Ideology in Britain' was published in 2011. He is also the author of a large number of reports, articles and think-pieces on a wide range of subjects, including economic policy, pensions, financial services, employment, social care, young people and politics, older drivers, and the information society.

Paul Cann joined Age Concern Oxfordshire as its Chief Executive in April 2009. After reading English Literature at King’s College Cambridge, where he held a Choral Scholarship, he taught for five years. He joined the Civil Service where he held a range of postings at the Cabinet Office, including working as a Private Secretary to successive Cabinet Ministers. A subsequent spell in the private sector included working for ‘The Independent’ newspaper. He joined the charity world in 1992 as Director of the British Dyslexia Association and subsequently of the National Autistic Society. He was a Trustee of the disability charity Contact a Family for five years, a charity which supports carers and people with special needs or disabilities. From 2000 to his arrival at Age Concern Oxfordshire he was Director of Policy and External Relations at Help the Aged, where he had responsibility for research, policy, international strategy, media and external relations. He brought together research and policy, and was particularly involved in Help the Aged’s work on pensioner poverty, social exclusion and care issues. As Director with responsibility for international affairs, he helped to reshape the charity’s international programme and increased Help the Aged’s own profile and activity. In 2008 Paul was awarded the medal of the British Geriatrics Society for an outstanding contribution to the well-being of older people. Along with Malcolm Dean he edited the book: "Unequal ageing: The untold story of exclusion in old age".

Rekha Elaswarapu is currently an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at City University, London and a member of the editorial board of British journal of Community Nursing. She also works independently driving quality improvement in health and social care with particular focus on older people.

Prior to this she was the Lead for Older People Strategy at the Care Quality Commission and Healthcare Commission. She is the author of the report “Caring for Dignity” and co-author of the report “Living well in later life”. Rekha has been a key player in the development of the National Stroke Strategy, National nutrition action plan, the National Carers’ Strategy and the review into Age discrimination in health and social care. Rekha was the Joint Chair of the Regulation and Inspection subgroup of the Nutrition Action Plan Delivery Board and member of many national policy making groups such as the National Dignity Partnership Board, DH Dementia Implementation Reference group and National Leadership Group on Neurological conditions.

In 2003 Rekha joined Commission for Healthcare Improvement (CHI) as the lead for national NHS patient and staff surveys including Ambulance (very first), PCT, Mental Health and staff survey particularly GP and GP staff (very first). She has also been the lead for survey programme for diversity issues, research governance, ethics and confidentiality.

Prior to CHI Rekha worked in the Department of Health as the regional lead for primary care research, which involved developing and managing five primary care research networks in the eastern region.
She has Master’s degree in Primary and Community Care from University of Cambridge and a PhD in Management from Banaras H University in Varanasi, India.

She was a trustee of Cambridge Women’s’ Resource Centre, Cambridge and Joint Chair and trustee of Ealing Mediation service, Ealing. Currently she is a trustee of Ealing Community Voluntary Service (ECVS) – voluntary group promoting community relations and volunteering in the London borough of Ealing.

James Lloyd joined the Social Market Foundation as a Senior Fellow in June 2009. He was previously Head of Policy & Research at the ILC-UK, which included a secondment to the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit to advise on social care and ageing issues. He read Philosophy at University College London and has Masters degrees in Comparative Politics, and in Public Policy. Prior to joining the ILC-UK, he worked for a pan-European transport federation in Brussels. James has a particular interest in social care, technology, retirement income and consumer behaviour. His publications for the ILC-UK included 'A National Care Fund for Long-term Care' and 'Asset Accumulation in Focus: The Challenges Ahead'.".

Jackie is head of policy and research at the National Association of Pensions funds (NAPF), a role that she took on in 2014 having been an independent strategy and policy consultant. She leads a small team of experts in DB, DC and EU pension issues who provide support to NAPF members, Government and other stakeholders on the development and implementation of policy issues.

Jackie has spent much of her career working on various strands of pension policy, from early work on personal pensions to the latest changes announced in the budget and Queens Speech. She has spent the past seven years leading a diverse range of consultancy projects for the FSA / FCA, Government departments and other not-for-profit organisations as well as a number of commercial businesses. Her work ranged from considering the implications of changes to pension taxation for pension schemes and members to exploring the subject of consumer responsibility in financial services markets.

Jackie has great experience of working on pension policy issues having previously worked in Deloitte’s consultancy team where she worked with the DWP on the Pensions Commission reforms as well as with providers and schemes on the impact of auto-enrolment. She has previously led the strategy team at Bacon & Woodrow and in similar roles at other consultancies and life companies.


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Lisa joined the ILC in January 2008 as a consultant.  A registered Public Health Nutritionist and PhD, Lisa has over a decade of experience working with older people in a variety of settings on nutrition and food poverty issues.

She leads on the ILC’s work on Nutrition and Hydration, as well as a working on a number of other health related projects.  Lisa also works for the European Nutrition for Health Alliance (ENHA) and conducting research into the economic impact of malnutrition in Europe.  She is currently working to implement routine nutritional screening at the member state level and developing projects to address undernutrition through the European Innovation Partnership Active and Healthy Ageing Programme of the EC.

Lisa’s other work has included developing an older people’s nutrition policy for a London Borough and researching the impact of community food projects on malnutrition risk, as well as regularly lecturing at universities and within the voluntary sector.  Previous roles include Science Director, specialising in older people’s issues, at the Caroline Walker Trust, co-ordinator of the Food Access Network at Sustain and managing community food access projects in London.

Kate Jopling is a Policy and Political Strategy consultant with particular expertise in the fields of ageing and equality.  She offers a range of consultancy services, from policy development and report writing, to campaign planning and contact making.

Before becoming a consultant, Kate was Head of Policy and Public Affairs at the young people’s charity Catch22, and prior to that Head of Public Affairs at Help the Aged.

In her 7 years with Help the Aged, Kate worked to build the organisation’s public affairs capacity and develop its policy expertise on age equality and human rights. Among her notable achievements was leading the Charity’s Just Equal Treatment campaign, which secured protection against age discrimination for older people, and was recognised with 5 major campaigning awards including the Third Sector Excellence Award’s Big Impact award.

Kate’s personal contribution to campaigning was recognised in 2008 when MPs and peers voted her Public Affairs Achiever of the Year, at the Women in Public Life Awards. 

In 2003/4 Kate was seconded to the Government’s Social Exclusion Unit to support research on older people and exclusion.  Prior to joining the age sector she worked for the Countryside Agency – a non-departmental public body focussing on rural issues. She started her career in the House of Commons as a Parliamentary Researcher.

Michelle McGagh is a freelance journalist specialising in all aspects of consumer finance issues, including pensions, tax, mortgage, savings and investments, and financial planning.

Michelle was formerly editor of New Model Adviser®, a magazine for independent financial advisers, where she developed in-depth knowledge of trade issues, regulation and policy, and financial businesses.

Since going freelance at the beginning of 2012, Michelle has also worked on policy papers for a number of financial organisations, including FTSE 100 companies, bringing her knowledge and experience to help shape policy messages and develop policy recommendations and conclusions.

Joan joined ILC-UK in April 2013 as a consultant researcher. She holds a BSc. and a MSc. in Economics from the Universities of Surrey and Essex respectively. Joan completed her PhD in the Economics of Education at the Institute of Education (University of London) in March 2010. Her thesis involved empirical appraisal of UK government education schemes, including the Academies programme of school improvement and school choice in primary education.

Joan previously worked as a researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She spent seven years in the Education and Skills team of the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) covering topics including pupil mobility and head teacher remuneration. She also worked in the LSE’s Public Policy Group for two years where she examined the impact of academic research on government and business.

Joan’s research interests are in the evaluation of government policy initiatives and their effect on the behaviour and welfare of individuals and society. Her work into issues affecting older people has included an assessment of the impact of the National Minimum Wage on care home closures in the UK (carried out at the CEP). Additionally, her Masters dissertation focused on pension reform in the UK, in particular the sustainability of the Pay As You Go (PAYG) system. She is currently working on a project exploring health seeking behaviour throughout the life-course among individuals in four European countries.

Clive is  a qualified actuary with over 30 years experience in the financial services industry. During this time he has worked in the investment, pensions, healthcare and general insurance sectors with operations in UK, Europe, India, Bermuda and Canada. He was the Managing Director for Aviva's UK Savings & Retirement business.

He is a regular commentator on financial and societal trends affecting areas such as retirement and social care. He is an adviser to the Intergenerational Fairness Parliamentary Forum focussing on the financial impact and longevity.

Clive is also an Honorary Fellow of the University of East Anglia through the joint research in to insurance statistics and longevity modelling.

David Hayes is a highly-skilled quantitative researcher with over ten years’ experience of policy research, evaluation and analysis. He specialises in advanced quantitative analysis in the fields of financial capability, mental wellbeing and debt, and the financial wellbeing of older people.

David has an extensive record of strong research with industry, corporate, academic and policy impact. He has published extensively through government reports, white papers and Government groups, in academic journals and through the national media. He has expertise in a range of advanced statistical methods and applied survey analysis.

David previously worked for (and retains an honorary fellowship at) the Personal Finance Research Centre and the University of Bristol, undertaking research projects for organisations such as the Money Advice Service, Momentum Financial UK, BIS, Barclays, and Age UK. He has secured large amounts of funding from a range of clients (£500k+) and has acted as a consultant to numerous organisations, including the OECD.


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Graham is emeritus Professor of Elderly Medicine at the University of Leeds,
After graduating in Leeds, he was MRC research fellow at the University of Nottingham, where his research was on stroke.  He was the first Frohlich Foundation visiting professor at UCSF.
He was appointed the first Developmental professor in Elderly Medicine in Leeds, with a focus on everyday clinical problems, aids and appliances for old people with disabilities and community geriatric medicine.  He has written and co-authored books on stroke, old people at home, rehabilitation, care home medicine as well as geriatric textbooks for undergraduates and postgraduates.
Graham was editor of Age and Ageing from 1996 – 2001 and chair of the editorial board and executive chair of the journal from 2011-2016.  He was President of the British Geriatrics Society 2008-2010.
He pioneered a course on ageing for dental undergraduates at Leeds and advised on aspects of oral health for the Department of Health.  He was medical advisor to a group of UK Care Homes until 2016.
He has been adviser on elderly services to the Hong Kong government.  His contribution to the ILC-UK include being a member of the academic advisory board (AAB) and a trustee.  Graham is now chair of the ILC-UK  AAB.

David Blane is a professor emeritus of Imperial College London, professorial research associate of University College and a former (2008-2012) deputy director of ESRC International Centre for Life Course Studies in Society and Health – ICLS, which specialises in secondary analysis of quantitative longitudinal data, bridging the social and biological sciences and international comparative research with colleagues in mainland Europe and Asia.  David Blane’s academic background lies in medicine, sociology and public health. His interests include health inequalities, social gerontology and life course research, with current emphasis on the health and social implications of raising the state pension age.

Gill Livingston is Professor of Older People’s psychiatry at University College London in the psychiatry unit. She also works as a consultant psychiatrist in Camden and Islington NHS Foundation trust. Her research interests are in clinical dementia research- what works for older people with dementia and their families. Current projects include leading the Lancet international commission on dementia prevention and care, the MARQUE study (Managing Agitation and Raising Quality of LifE) including epidemiological, qualitative and randomised controlled trial arms; DREAMS project (Dementia RElated Manual for Sleep) a development and piloting of a manual based therapy for sleep) and a development and testing of resources to improve the presentation and diagnosis rates of people with dementia and ways of increasing early presentation of Black Minority ethnic elders, with dementia.

Jill Manthorpe is Professor of Social Work and Director of the Social Care Workforce Research Unit at King’s College London. This Unit receives core funding from the Department of Health and other research commissioners across government and the third sector. Current workforce research includes studies of personal budgets, adult safeguarding, dementia care, workforce regulation, carers’ workers and gambling. Recently completed studies by the Unit have covered international (migrant) workers, social work education, agency workers, risk and analysis of the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care. Jill is also a Senior Investigator of the NIHR, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Trustee of the Centre for Policy on Ageing and the Orders of St John Care Trust.

Judith Phillips is Deputy Principal (Research) at the University of Stirling and Professor of Gerontology. Her research interests are in the social, behavioural and environmental aspects of ageing.  Before joining the University Judith Phillips was Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Director of the Research Institute for Applied Social Sciences at Swansea University, Director of the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research for Wales and the School for Social Care Research in Wales.

Following a geography degree at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, she went to study at Stockholm University, Jesus College, Oxford and UEA, Norwich, where she worked as a researcher and a lecturer before joining the Centre for Social Gerontology at the University of Keele in 1993. Judith returned to Wales in 2004 to set up the Centre for Innovative Ageing at Swansea University.

She has received recognition for her scholarship through numerous Fellowships: the Gerontological Society of America; the British Society of Gerontology; the London School of Economics, New College, Oxford and the Swedish Universities of Umeå and Lund. In 2013 she was awarded an OBE for Services to Older People.

Professor Phillips has been highly active in shaping the UK’s gerontological research landscape and her applied research has impacted on government policy. Having secured awards from most of the major UK funding councils, Professor Phillips has an impressive track record of research grant capture. Her many publications on social work and older people are extensively used by students, with translations made into several languages. She has extensive links with both the Welsh and UK governments, social services departments and Welsh business. In 2016 she chaired the Welsh Government's Housing for Older People Expert Group.

Between 2008 and 2010 Professor Phillips was President of the British Society of Gerontology and currently chairs the British Council on Ageing. She was part of the Futureage group developing the roadmap for ageing research under EU Horizon 2020. In addition, Professor Phillips is executive member of the Global Social Initiative on Ageing - part of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics.

Professor Chris Phillipson is a sociologist former Executive Director of the Manchester Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Research on Ageing (MICRA), based at the University of Manchester (UK). Before moving to Manchester Chris Phillipson held a variety of posts at Keele University including dean of research for the social sciences and director of the social science research institutes. He was also a Pro-Vice Chancellor for the University and founded (in 1987) the Centre for Social Gerontology. He has published extensively on a range of topics in the field of ageing, including work in the field of family and community studies, transnational migration, social inclusion/ exclusion, urban sociology, and social theory. He is the co-author of the Sage Handbook of Social Gerontology (Sage Books, 2010), Work, Health and Wellbeing (co-authored, Policy Press, 2012), and Ageing (Polity Press, 2013). His present research involves work around the theme of developing ‘age-friendly cities’ where he co-ordinates a research project based in a number of neighbourhoods in Manchester. Chris is also just beginning a new project looking at changing transitions from work to retirement, working with a number of universities, local authorities and companies across the UK. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a Past-President of the British Society of Gerontology.

Jenny Head is Professor of Medical and Social Statistics at University College London in the research department of Epidemiology and Public Health. She is PI on the renEWL (Research into Extending Working Lives) research consortium which is analysing several UK and European longitudinal studies to investigate determinants of being in paid work up to and beyond state pension age. Other projects include co-PI of the cross-national collaborative IDEAR (Integrated Datasets in Europe for Ageing Research ) network, the aim of which is to investigate how determinants in later working life, during the retirement transition, and in early retirement influence for how long older individuals are able to live actively and healthily; and senior investigator on the Whitehall II study, a longitudinal study with data collection spanning over 30 years from a cohort of civil servants recruited in 1985. Her research interests include health inequalities and determinants of healthy ageing and healthy life expectancy.

Simonetta Longhi is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Reading. She is also Research Fellow of IZA, the German Institute for the Study of Labor and external fellow of the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM). Before joining the University of Reading she was Research Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research of the University of Essex.
Her interests include differences over the life course in economic and social outcomes and in wellbeing across groups, especially by gender, ethnicity and disability. She has published research on wage disparities across individuals and across regions; on job search behaviour and on occupational change.

Dr Shereen Hussein is a Principal Research Fellow (Chair) at King's College London. She is a demographer with sound statistical and economic background. Her current research focuses on ageing demographics and long-term care (LTC) demand and migration within the UK and Europe. She has led research streams on migrant workers and global care; transnational health and care professional workers; diversity, structure and wage differentials in the social care sector; and several national evaluations of new models of working. Shereen has an international research presence in Europe and Scandinavia, the Middle East, the Russian Federation and Australasia examining issues around ageing, multiple roles of women, welfare policies and transnational aged care. She has collaborated with various global organisations including the United Nations, the World Bank, UNICEF, the World Health Organisation, the Population Council and the League of Arab States. Shereen holds a PhD in statistical demography from the London School of Economics and an MSc in medical demography from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Shereen has been selected as a BBC 'Expert Voice' in ageing demographics by the BBC Academy and is regularly invited to speak on these issues in the media.

Michael Murphy is Professor of Demography at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, member of the Office for National Statistics Expert Academic Advisory Panel for Population Projections, and chairs the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research.
His main areas of research include: family, kinship and household demography; ageing; social and genetic mechanisms for the inheritance of behaviour; mathematical and statistical demography; methods of making and evaluating population and household forecasts. Recent publications include work on mortality crises in Russia; models for mortality forecasting in elderly populations; and intergenerational transfers between parents and children.

After graduating in Medicine from the University of Leeds, Roger Francis developed a major clinical and research interest in bone disease, whilst working as a member of the Clinical Scientific Staff at the Medical Research Council Mineral Metabolism Unit at Leeds General Infirmary. He was subsequently awarded a Travelling Fellowship, which allowed him to spend a year working on the cellular mechanisms of bone breakdown in St. Louis, USA. He then worked as Honorary Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine at University College, London, before moving to Newcastle in 1986, initially as a Senior Lecturer. He is now Emeritus Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the Institute of Cellular Medicine at Newcastle University, where he continues his research into vitamin D and bone disease in older people. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Age and Ageing from 2007-2014. He was awarded the Dhole-Eddleston Prize by the British Geriatrics Society in 2014, in recognition of his contribution to the literature on the medical care of older people.

Dr Andrew King is Deputy Head of the Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, UK where he also co-directs the ‘Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender’ (CRAG). His research has mainly focused on ageing amongst lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Andrew has published widely in this field: in books, journal articles and edited collections. His most recent book, published by Routledge in 2016, was ‘Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adults: Identities, Intersections and Institutions’. The book drew on ten years of research that Andrew had undertaken and was described by one reviewer as “a vital contribution to our understandings of ageing sexualities, their links to other forms of inequality and how we might respond to them”. Forthcoming books include, ‘Older LGBT people: minding the knowledge gaps’ (Routledge) and ‘Intersections of Ageing, Gender and Sexualities’ (Policy Press).
Andrew’s LGBT ageing research has been funded by the ESRC, local government and, more recently, housing associations. Projects include knowledge exchange to raise awareness of LGBT ageing issues with a range of service providers and more recently exploring LGBT people’s housing concerns, preferences and expectations across the life course.
Andrew is also a co-editor of ‘Sociology’, the internationally recognised journal of the British Sociological Association and an editorial board member of ‘Sociological Research Online’.


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Dr Dylan Kneale is Head of Policy and Research at Relate, having previously served as Head of Research at the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK). Research around relationships has been an underlying focus of much of Dylan’s research career to date, from examining family relationships and the link with teenage parenthood, to examining social isolation and loneliness among older people or managing relationships in delivering end of life care. Dylan is interested in the timing, sequence and context of life course transitions including partnership, parenthood and housing; longitudinal analysis; social exclusion, social isolation, and loneliness; and neighbourhoods and communities. Dylan was awarded a PhD and Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Demography and Social Research at the Institute of Education (University of London), where his PhD thesis examined transitions to parenthood using data from the British birth cohort studies. Prior to his PhD, Dylan worked as a Senior Research and Evaluation Analyst at the Prince’s Trust, as a Treasurer for Youth Express Network (a Strasbourg-based Youth Charity) and as a consultant for a number of organisations. Dylan maintains academic links as a Research Associate of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (Institute of Education, University of London) and is a regular reviewer for two journals.

Henry Elphick is Head of International Healthcare and a Managing Director at Jefferies, a leading global investment bank. He is based in London and has advised on a number of landmark transactions across healthcare (including elderly, social and acute care) over the last few years and was nominated the financial advisor of the year by the European Venture Capital Association in 2007. Prior to Henry joining Jefferies in 2009, he was a Managing Director with UBS for 10 years. Before that he worked at Rothschild and as a solicitor with Linklaters in London, New York and Washington.  Henry holds an MA from Oxford University and is a non executive director of Elizabeth Finn Homes Limited

Colin Redman, after graduating from Edinburgh University in mathematical physics, qualified as an actuary in 1972. He has had a wide ranging career. He has worked at Board and General Management level with insurance companies operating in the life and pensions market. He was General Manger and Actuary of Zurich Life and General Manager of the NFU Mutual and Avon life operations. He has also been a director of three major advisory firms providing advice and administrative services to individuals and pension schemes. For seven years he ran his own consultancy specialising in helping financial institutions to enter new markets. He was a pioneer in the long term care insurance market in the UK and was the first Chairman of the ABI Long Term Care Insurance Committee set up to develop selling standards. Until he retired from full-time employment, he was a Director of Hazell Carr plc, a very successful outsourcing business in the financial services sector. Founded in 1997, it came first in the Sunday Times PricewaterhouseCoopers 2001 survey as the fastest growing UK unquoted company (measured by profits). Over the last few years he has been an investor in and adviser to a number of small businesses and served as director of a number of them. Currently he is a director of Vision XS, a consultancy working in the tourism and attractions industry. He has served on a number of Institute and Faculty of Actuaries committees including wider fields, heath and care and the ageing population interest group. For a number of years he was a senior lecturer on the post qualification professionalism courses teaching business ethics to newly qualified actuaries. He has written papers, articles and responses to government consultation documents, particularly on the subject of the state financing of pensions and care benefits for the elderly. He is a co-author of the book ‘100 Years of State Pension – learning from the past’ published in 2009. He is married with two grown-up children and lives in Oxford.

Liz Padmore read both Philosophy, Politics and Economics and Jurisprudence at Brasenose College, Oxford. She has extensive experience at the Board level in private, public and not-for- profit sectors.
She was previously a strategy partner at Accenture where she created and ran their global strategic think tank. Specialising in scenario planning, corporate reputation, strategic communications and risk management she is a regular contributor and chairman at international conferences.
Liz is Chairman of BNHFT; a Director of National Australia Group Europe and Clydesdale Bank plc; a director of YBI (Prince of Wales’ Youth Business International); trustee and member of the F&GP Committee, Ditchley; trustee and member of the F&GM Committee, Women for Women International.
Liz is an associate of the Oxford Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, Oxford Said Business School; a member and previous vice chairman of Forum UK and an elected FRSA (Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts Manufacturing and Commerce).

Clive Bowman is Divisional Medical Director for Bupa’s Care Services. He has been with Bupa’s Care Services since 2000 with responsibilities principally relating to care home’s in the UK and the international “Age Care” businesses in Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Collectively there are over 400 facilities and more 33,000 beds. Clive contributes to operational, strategic and policy development and trouble shoots on a wide range of clinical and personal care issues.
Previously, he spent 15 years as a Consultant Physician and Geratologist in the West Country where he was also Associate Director of the International Institute on Health and Ageing at the University of Bristol. Clive’s experience in the Bupa and the NHS combined with his various professional involvements with many other organisations have enabled him to develop a rich and informed perspective on health and care in later life
Clive is presently a trustee of the charity Counsel and Care and a member of the empowerment committee of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. He previously chaired the CCC (a coalition of charities, providers and related interests regarding the care of older people) to the end of 2007 and publishes, presents and contributes on a wide range of issues regarding ageing and care.

Baroness Greenfield is Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Oxford, where she leads a multi-disciplinary team investigating neurodegenerative disorders. In addition she is Director of the Oxford Centre for the Science of the Mind, exploring the physical basis of consciousness. Her books include “The Human Brain: A Guided Tour” (1997), “The Private Life of the Brain” (2000), and “Tomorrow’s People: How 21st Century Technology Is Changing the Way We Think and Feel” (2003). She has spun off four companies from her research, made a diverse contribution to print and broadcast media, and led a Government report on “Women In Science”. She has received 28 Honorary Degrees, Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (2000), a non-political Life Peerage (2001) as well as the Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur (2003). In 2006 she was installed as Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University and voted `Honorary Australian of the Year’.

Baroness Howe's many interests include Equalities, Children, Age and the Environment. She currently campaigns for stricter controls on food advertising, against gambling and for penal reform. Deputy Chair of The Equal Opportunities Commission (1975-1979), she chaired BITC's Opportunity 2000, as well as serving on the boards of Kingfisher, United Biscuits and Legal & General. She chaired the BOC Foundation for the Environment between 1990 and 2003, and the Broadcasting Standards Commission from 1993 to 1999. A member of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Lady Howe's previous voluntary work includes serving as a member of the Briggs Committee on the Future of the Nursing Profession, as a Council Member and Vice Chairman for the Open University, President of the UK Committee of UNICEF and Chairman of The Hansard Society Commission 'Women at the Top'. She is the author of 'Under Five' (1996), Women and Credit (1978) and co-author of Women on the Board (1991). Lady Howe was appointed a Member of the House of Lords as Baroness Howe of Idlicote in 2001.

Joanne Hindle trained as a lawyer specialising in commercial law. She joined the financial services industry in 2006 originally with BIBA (The British Insurance Brokers Association) and has worked in a variety of roles including a period as a regulator (establishing the pensions review unit), for NatWest heading up their pensions development and for 6 years running an IFA promotional body. Most recently Joanne has spent 7 years on the board of Unum, the country's leading group protection insurer, as corporate services director. Joanne Hindle has also served on a range of industry bodies being deputy chair of the Continuing Care Conference, on the ABI's health and pensions committees and today on the Board of ILAG.

Archy Kirkwood was a Liberal Democrat MP for Roxburgh & Berwickshire from 1983 to 2005. He concentrated on social affairs and was his party's spokesman on Health, Social Security, Scotland, & International Development. Between 1997 and 2005, he was Chairman of the Work and Pensions Select Committee. He was knighted in 2003 for services to Parliament, and entered the House of Lords in 2005.

Earl Howe started his professional career in banking, working first for Barclays and then, as London director, for Adam & Co., the Scottish-based private bank. He has run a farm and estate in South Buckinghamshire since 1984, whilst holding a succession of political posts in the House of Lords. After serving as a government whip in 1991-2 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary (Lords) at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; and in 1995 Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence, a post he relinquished at the 1997 General Election. He was elected to remain in the Lords as an hereditary peer under the provisions of the House of Lords Act 1999. Lord Howe has been opposition spokesman for health and social services in the House of Lords since 1997. Among a number of charitable appointments he is President of the National Society for Epilepsy, President of the South Bucks Association for the Disabled, Patron of the Chiltern Society and a member of the Council of the RNLI. He is also Chairman of LAPADA, a trade association representing art and antiques dealers.

Tom Kirkwood is Professor of Medicine, Director of the Institute of Ageing and Health at the University of Newcastle, and Director of the BBSRC Centre for Integrated Systems Biology of Ageing and Nutrition. He was educated in biology and mathematics at Cambridge and Oxford. He worked at the National Institute for Medical Research before becoming Professor of Biological Gerontology at the University of Manchester. His research is focused on the basic science of ageing and on understanding how genes as well as non-genetic factors, such as nutrition, influence longevity and health in old age. He is European President (Biology) of the International Association of Gerontology. He chaired the UK Foresight Task Force on 'Healthcare and Older People' and was Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords Science & Technology Select Committee inquiry into 'scientific aspects of ageing'.

Jackie Morris is a Consultant Physician, specialising in Geriatric Medicine, currently working at Camden Primary Care Trust London having worked as a Consultant at both The Royal Free and St Mary's Hospital NHS Trusts since then. She was appointed as a Consultant in 1979 and has a special interest in comprehensive care, rehabilitation, older people in Care Homes and the provision of dignified and humane care to them allowing them to retain control. She was seconded to the Department of Health as Senior Medical Officer to the Policy Division between 1992 and 1994. She has served on many Government committees. She has always worked with the Voluntary Sector and at present is President of the Central London Branch of the Parkinson's Disease Society, a Trustee of Age Concern Westminster and the British Institute of Human Rights. She is Chair of the British Geriatrics Society BGS Multi-Agency Campaign on Dignity Behind Closed Doors and Co- chair of the BGS and National Council of Palliative Care working group on End of Life Care for older people with frailty and multiple Co-morbidities. She is a member of the BGS and Help the Aged Advisory Panel. She was the President of the Royal Society of Medicine Section of Geriatrics and Gerontology between 1996 ad 1998. She was Honorary Secretary of the BGS between 1987 and 1989. She was Chair of the BGS Policy Committee between 2005 and 2007 during which time she edited and updated the BGS compendium. She has published widely on Policy issues about older people.

Baroness Neuberger was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge and Leo Baeck College, London. She became a rabbi in 1977, and served the South London Liberal Synagogue for twelve years, before going to the King’s Fund Institute as a Visiting Fellow. She was at Harvard Medical School in 1991-1992, Chairman of Camden & Islington Community Health Services NHS Trust from 1993 until 1997 and then Chief Executive of the King’s Fund, an independent health charity until 2004. She has been a member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, the Medical Research Council and the General Medical Council, of the Runnymede Trust and was a Trustee of the Imperial War Museum until 2006. Until recently she was a Trustee of the British Council and of Jewish Care. She is a Trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation as well as a founding trustee of the Walter and Liesel Schwab Charitable Trust, in memory of her parents. She is currently chairing the Commission on the Future of Volunteering and has recently been appointed President of Liberal Judaism. She is the author of several books on Judaism, women, healthcare ethics and on caring for dying people, and most recent book, ‘The Moral State We’re In’, was published in March 2005. At present she is working on a book on old age. She was created a Life Peer in June 2004 (Liberal Democrat). Baroness Neuberger has also just returned from Harvard University where she has been Bloomberg Professor of Divinity for the Spring Semester 2006.

Leslie Mayhew is Professor of Statistics at Cass Business School, City University, London, in the Faculty of Actuarial Science and Insurance. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, an Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Actuaries, and a graduate of the government’s Top Management Programme. His research interests include risk, pensions, and health and long term care, for which he has held research grants from the European Union, EPSRC, the Institute of Actuaries and others. When not working at Cass, he is the Director of Mayhew Associates Ltd which advises and undertakes various assignments for central and local government and primary care trusts in areas including health and social care, and the provision of other public services. Before joining City University in 2001, he was Professorial Research Fellow in Geography at Birkbeck College, London. Between 1993 and 1998, he was a director in the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and its predecessor the Central Statistical Office (CSO), based in HM Treasury. Prior to 1993 he was a senior civil servant in the Department of Social Security (DSS) and in the Department of Health and Social Security (DHSS). After completing his PhD in 1979, he was seconded by the DHSS and Royal Society to the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna for 2 1/2 years. He remains an associate research scholar at IIASA, and worked for example on IIASA’s Social Security Reform programme between 1999 and 2003, co-authoring a book on the economic impact of population ageing in Japan. He also publishes original research on transport matters including the London congestion charge, possible sites for a new airport for London, and a strategic overview of London’s road network.

Ian Pearson graduated in 1981 in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from Queens University, Belfast. He spent four years in Shorts Missile Systems, in many different disciplines from mechanical engineering to battlefield strategy simulation. He joined BT Laboratories in 1985 as a performance analyst, and has since worked in network design and evolution, cybernetics, and mobile systems. He now concentrates on mapping the progress of new developments throughout information technology, considering both technological and social implications. As a futurologist and a principal consultant, he lectures extensively on his futures views. In between conferences, current projects include machine consciousness, social trends and advanced computing technology. He has received many awards for his papers, written several books and has made over 400 TV and radio appearances. He is a fellow of the British Computer Society, the World Academy of Art and Science, the Royal Society of Arts, the Institute of Nanotechnology and the World Innovation Foundation.

Professor Ian Philp, CBE, MD, FRCP, FFPA (Hon) joined HEFT on 7 July as Deputy Medical Director for Older People.  He was previously:

  • Chief Medical Officer Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals and is Honorary Professor both Hull York Medical School, and Warwick  University Medical School.
  • He established the Sheffield Institute for Studies on Ageing which won, for the University of Sheffield, the Queen’s Award for Higher Education in 2000, for research into improving the quality of life of older people.
  • His research interests are in improving the lives of older people through better assessment and response to their health and care needs. He directs the International EASYCare Project for improving the lives of older people through better assessment and response to their health care needs.

Professor Philp was the National Clinical Director (“Tsar”) for Older People in the Department of Health from 2000 to 2008, leading the development and implementation of the National Service Framework for Older People. He is a member of the Policy and Quality Committees of the British Geriatrics Society.  His NHS work focusses on cutting the costs of frailty through early intervention in primary care and more effective response to frailty crisis. His Sheffield team won the UK Hospital Doctor of the Year Award (Older People’s category) in 1998.

He has led the development and implementation of innovative teaching methods in undergraduate medicine, multi-professional learning and vocational training in health care. Professor Philp has been an adviser to the World Health Organization and advised governments in many countries on the care of older people.  He is a frequent media commentator on healthy ageing and the care of older people and was the co-presenter of the BBC1 series “How to Live Longer” and scientific lead for “The Young Ones”.  He was awarded the CBE for services to health care and older people in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2008.

Denise is the Chair of the Commission for Social Care Inspection, a non-departmental Government body responsible for inspecting and assessing the performance of all adult social care services in England. Prior to this appointment in 2004, she was Chief Inspector, Social Services Inspectorate, and Director for Children, Older People and Social Care Services at the Department of Health in England. She has held a variety of posts both nationally and locally, in local government and social care. These include Director of Social Services, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and Head of Social Services at the Local Government Association. She is a past President of the Association of Directors of Social Services, and was Chair of the National Institute for Social Work. She is also an honorary fellow of the Centre for Citizen Participation and a member of the University Court at Brunel University, a Trustee of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), a member of the National Executive Council of the fpa (Family Planning Association), a Governor of the University of Bedfordshire, Chair of the National AIDS Trust, and a member of the Independent Review Board of the Cheshire Fire & Rescue Services. She has recently (April 2007) completed a review of the ’Status of Social Care’ for the Secretary of State for Health.

Ian became an Honorary Advisor to the International Longevity Centre-UK after his dedicated and invaluable support on the Board of Trustees. Ian was Senior Legal Adviser and General Counsel, Age Concern England. He practised as a Barrister for some 25 years with a particular interest in Family Law. From 1985, Ian was the Director of Age Concern Hampshire and then in April 1990 went to Age Concern England to establish a Legal Unit. He speaks and writes regularly on the law affecting older people and mental capacity issues.

Ceridwen is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of Oxford where she works on family policy research. She was formerly Director of the Family Policy Studies Centre until 2001. Prior to joining the FPSC she held research and management posts in Government and academia as an industrial sociologist. She was chair of the Social Research Association 2001-5 and was its vice chair from 2006-2007. From 1998-2004 she was the UK expert on the European Commission’s Observatory on the Social Situation, Demography and Family. She is currently the social science adviser to the Food Standards Agency‘s Microbiological Safety Division and works with Neil Stewart Associates conference organisation to develop conferences in social policy/care areas and chairs these on occasion.
She is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and sits on its Council; is a member of the Economic and Social Research Council Strategic Research Board as well as a number of ESRC advisory committees. Previously she was chair of the Advisory Committee of the UK Centre for Longitudinal Studies and has been a member of various Nuffield and Joseph Rowntree Foundations’ advisory groups, as well as the Advisory Group for the Relationships’ Foundation the Lord Chancellor’s Department’s Advisory Group on Marriage and Relationship Support. She also is a Trustee of the Family Budget Unit.
At Oxford she chairs her Departmental Research Ethics committee and the Inter-divsional Research Ethics Committee for the Social Sciences and Humanities and sits on the Central University Research Ethics committee.
She has lectured, published and appeared on TV and radio in a wide range of family policy issues; including child contact issues, grandparenting, fathers and fatherhood, childlessness and adoption as well as women’s lifetime employment.

Lord Andrew Turnbull joined HM Treasury in 1970, was seconded to the IMF between 1976-78 and during 1983-85 he was Economic Private Secretary to the Prime Minister. In 1988 he returned to Number 10 as Principal Private Secretary. Lord Turnbull was Permanent Secretary to the Department of the Environment from 1994-98 and to HM Treasury from 1998-2002. In 2002 he was appointed Secretary of the Cabinet and Head of the Home Civil Service. After retiring from the Civil Service he was made a Life Peer and joined Booz Allen Hamilton as an adviser.

Genie Turton is a former senior civil servant, who now works as a non executive director in the private and charitable sectors. Her last job in Whitehall was Director General for Housing, Planning and Urban regeneration where, amongst other things, she led the early work on the Thames Gateway as well the changes in the role of English Partnerships, the Urban and Rural White Papers and the subsequent Sustainable Communities Plan. She was responsible for establishing London’s Mayor and the Greater London Authority in 2000 and ran John Major’s programme for improving public services in the 1990s. Her earlier career included the development of the Single Regeneration Budget and the City Challenge scheme, and the modernisation of the management of the Historic Royal Palaces. She is a Non Executive Director of the Wates Group (the family owned construction company) and of Rockpools, an executive search company. She is also a Trustee of the Dulwich Picture Gallery (and Chair of DPG Enterprises), of the Horniman Museum, and the Pilgrim Trust, and also on the board of the Historic Houses Association.

Suzanne Wait was Director of Research at the ILC-UK as from January 2004 until December 2007. She is a Research Fellow at the School of Public Policy, University College London, and runs a consultancy (SHW Health) which provides health policy and health outcomes advice to private and public sector clients. Her past experience include roles in consulting, policy advice, teaching, and outcomes research within the pharmaceutical industry in Europe and internationally.

Sir Worcester is the Founder of MORI (Market & Opinion Research International), London, and now an International Director of Ipsos Group, Paris, and Chairman of the Ipsos Public Affairs Research Advisory Board. He is a Past President of the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR). In 2005 he was appointed by Her Majesty the Queen a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) in recognition of the “outstanding services rendered to political, social and economic research and for contribution to government policy and programmes”. Sir Robert is Chancellor of the University of Kent and a Member of Council. He is Visiting Professor of Government and a Governor of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is Honorary Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent and in the Department of Politics and International Studies at Warwick University.

He has previously been a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Centre for Journalism at City University, London, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Marketing at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He holds a number of honorary degrees and fellowships: Kings College, University of London, Honorary Fellow (2007); London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Honorary Fellow (2006); University of Kansas, Distinguished Graduate (2006); University of Kent, Doctor of Civil Law (2006); University of Greenwich, Doctor of Law (2003); Middlesex University, Doctor of the University (2001); University of Bradford, Doctor of Letters (2001); University of Buckingham, Doctor of Science (1998).

He writes monthly columns for Profile, the monthly magazine for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, and Parliamentary Monitor, the monthly magazine for the Houses of Parliament and is a contributor to the Financial Times and Observer and other newspapers and magazines and to radio and television, including as elections night analyst for American and British elections. He is author/co-author, co editor and editor of more than a dozen books and many articles in newspapers, magazines and in professional journals.

Professor Grundy is a demographer and social gerontologist who has worked on aspects of individual and population ageing for some twenty five years. Since 1998 she has worked in the Centre for Population Studies at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) where she is Professor of Demographic Gerontology. Previous appointments have been at the Institute of Gerontology, King’s College London and at City and Nottingham Universities. Emily’s main research interests are families, households and kin and social networks in later life, especially in relationship to health, and trends and differentials in health, disability and mortality at older ages. Currently she is researching links between partnership and parenting histories and later life health in England and Wales and in Norway; is involved in collaborative European projects on family support for older people; other collaborative projects in the UK on future resources of older people and on correlates of quality of life in the oldest old; and collaborative projects in Latin America. She is leader of the Centre for Longitudinal Study Information and User support (CeLSIUS) group which helps academics with projects based on use of the Office for National Statistics Longitudinal Study. Emily is Chair of the European Association for Population Working Group on Demographic Change and the Care of Older People; a member of the Census Advisory Committee and on the editorial boards of the European Journal of Ageing and People, Place and Space. She organises the short course on Ageing, health and Wellbeing in Older Populations and teaches on postgraduate courses at LSHTM.

Dr Davidson is an Honorary Visiting Fellow of the University of Surrey since her retirement in early 2010. She was originally a registered nurse and health visitor when she undertook a BSc in Social Policy with Women’s Studies as a mature student. She continued her higher education at the University of Surrey with a PhD which examined the lives of older widows and widowers. Subsequently, she became the Programme Director for the MSc in Ageing and Society and Ageing and Social Research and a co-director of the Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender (CRAG) at the University of Surrey. As Senior Lecturer at Surrey, she taught the Sociology of Ageing, Sociological Analysis, Social Policy and Social Research Methods to undergraduates, and Social Policy, and Managing Research and the Publication Process to postgraduates. Her particular areas of expertise are qualitative research with older people, focusing on their health and social relationships, especially of older men. She was Chair of the Gerontological Society of America Interest Group for Older Men’s Issues (2006-2009); Secretary of the British Society of Gerontology (BSG) from 1996-2002 and President, 2006-2008; Vice-Chair of Age Concern Surrey (2005-08), and is currently a Director of the Centre for Policy on Ageing (CPA). She has been invited to lecture and present papers at numerous national and international institutions and organisations.

Professor Malcolm Johnson who is currently Visiting Professor of Gerontology and End of Life Care at the University of Bath, has been Professor of Health and Social Policy at the University of Bristol (now Emeritus) since 1995. From 1984 - 95 he was Professor of Health and Social Welfare and subsequently first Dean of the School of Health and Social Welfare at the Open University. His research and academic interests are wide, including the social aspects of health and illness, biographical studies, social policy analysis, death and dying and his major specialism, ageing and the lifespan. Of his ten books and over 160 monographs, chapters and articles, more than half relate to ageing. He is a former Secretary of the BSA Medical Sociology Group and the British Society of Gerontology and Founding Editor of the international journal Ageing and Society. He is Director of the International Institute on Health and Ageing. An elected Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS).he is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a Founding Fellow of the British Society of Gerontology. Professor Johnson’s research and consultancy includes extensive work (with a variety of agencies including The States of Jersey, MHA Care Group, BUPA Care, Anchor Trust, Barchester Healthcare, Pocklington Trust, St Monica Trust, amongst others) on the long term care and the domiciliary care of older people. Over the past fifteen years he has extended into death and dying and end of life care, late life spirituality and the development of good practice in those fields. A five year development consultancy with Anchor Trust won the 2007 Independent Healthcare Innovation in Long Term Care Award and was Runner-up in  the 2007 Guardian Public Service Award for Care of Older People.

Jim was appointed CEO of the Equity Release Council in June 2018. He joined from Reform think tank, where he was Deputy Director and Head of Research. Prior to this he was an Expert Adviser at the Department for Work and Pensions, initially supporting Lord Freud, then Welfare Reform Minister.

Jim has extensive experience of retirement and social care funding having led the Corporate Affairs functions at specialist life assurers Britannic Retirement Solutions, Just Retirement and Partnership Assurance.

Jim has directed successful campaigns which have resulted in strong consumer outcomes from the regulation of reversionary equity release schemes to ensuring a duty is placed on local authorities to direct citizens who need care to financial advice. He was the pro-bono public affairs adviser to the Save Bart’s Patients Campaign, credited with saving one of the UK’s most valued medical centres of excellence.

He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Society of Later Life Advisers, the not for profit organisation, acknowledged as the gold standard for consumers looking for specialist financial advisers on later life matters.  Jim is a former tax and trusts lawyer.


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Dylan Kneale is Head of Policy and Research at Relate, having previously served as Head of Research at the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK). Research around relationships has been an underlying focus of much of Dylan’s research career to date, from examining family relationships and the link with teenage parenthood, to examining social isolation and loneliness among older people or managing relationships in delivering end of life care. Dylan is interested in the timing, sequence and context of life course transitions including partnership, parenthood and housing; longitudinal analysis; social exclusion, social isolation, and loneliness; and neighbourhoods and communities.

Dylan was awarded a PhD and Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Demography and Social Research at the Institute of Education (University of London), where his PhD thesis examined transitions to parenthood using data from the British birth cohort studies. Prior to his PhD, Dylan worked as a Senior Research and Evaluation Analyst at the Prince’s Trust, as a Treasurer for Youth Express Network (a Strasbourg-based Youth Charity) and as a consultant for a number of organisations. Dylan maintains academic links as a Research Associate of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (Institute of Education, University of London) and is a regular reviewer for two journals.

Bayo has a BA (Hons) in English literature from Durham University and recently finished her MSc in Culture and Society at the LSE and is undertaking the MSc Health, Population and Society also at LSE this year. Before joining PSSRU, she worked at the House of Commons as a Parliamentary Assistant. She also spent some time volunteering in her local community as a community based advisor and representative for socially vulnerable people, particularly in cases concerning welfare benefits (unemployment allowance and disability benefits) and has had experience as a policy researcher at a leading public affairs company in London, and has some experience in Marketing and Communications.      

Since joining PSSRU in 2013, Bayo has worked on a wide variety of projects including a report costing the impact of Dementia in the UK on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society, and a report on the costs of perinatal mental health for the Maternal Mental Health Alliance. She is currently working as part of a consortium of university researchers – ITSSOIN – on project that utilises varied types of historical data to analyse different aspects of civic engagement as they relate to social innovation in the UK, and is also involved in MODEM: modelling outcome and cost impacts of interventions for dementia, a jointly funded ESRC/NIHR project as part of the Literature Reviewing team. Her most recent project work on the efficacy of a Direct Payments programme funded through the Department of Health via the Policy Innovation Research Unit (PIRU).

Elaine has first degree in sociology, two master’s degrees in social policy and social work, a diploma in health studies and a PhD in social policy/social gerontology from the University of Sheffield. In addition, she is an experienced health and social care practitioner and dually registered as a social worker (DipSW) and as a mental health nurse (RMN). Her main research interests are in the areas of older age, mental health, health humanities and knowledge transfer in front line care.

Prior to joining the University of Nottingham, she worked as an ESRC research fellow at the University of Sheffield and as a postdoctoral researcher at Bradford Dementia Group (University of Bradford). In addition, she has extensive experience as a health and social care professional. For example, she has worked as a staff nurse for Leicestershire Health Authority, as a social worker for Warwickshire County Council and for ten years as a dementia specialist and team leader for Anchor Trust.

Since joining the University of Nottingham in 2012 she has worked as a Senior Research Fellow on various projects. During this time, she has also worked as a freelance researcher and consultant and has been involved in a range of other academic activities including grant application, research dissemination, training, conference organization and peer reviewing for journals and funding bodies.

Katia is a qualitative social scientist, with interests in urban policies, housing and inequalities. As a post-doctoral research associate working on the Co-Motion project at the University of York, she is currently examining the impact of major later life transitions - such as stopping driving, becoming visually impaired, or becoming a carer - on mobility and well-being. She is interested in methodological innovations that provide a better understanding of the needs and aspirations of people in later life. Katia is keen on examining a range of issues in the future in relation to housing and later life, including the role of alternative housing options such as intergenerational housing.         
Prior to joining the Co-motion team, she held various academic positions. Her doctoral research (Trinity College Dublin) examined the relevance of renewal public policies to the needs of disadvantaged communities with a special emphasis on the effectiveness of measures seeking to facilitate community participation in the process of regeneration in order to counter social exclusion. She worked at the University of St Andrews as a Teaching and Research Fellow in Urban Studies. Prior to this, she was a member of the LATTS research centre (University of Paris-Est), conducting post-doctoral research on the financialization of the property sector and lectured at the French Institute for Urban Planning.

Karen completed her PhD, in 2017, with her thesis entitled ‘The Reconciliation of Traumatic War Memories throughout the Adult Lifespan: The Relationship between Narrative Coherence and Social Support’. After a brief stint in the commercial market research sector, followed by a Research Assistant post at the University of Reading, Karen joined University College London as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in 2008.

At UCL, she worked on the SHIELD (‘Support at Home: Interventions to Enhance Life in Dementia’) research programme, led by Professor Martin Orrell. In this role she helped to develop and manage one of the psychosocial interventions within the programme, which was a multisite pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial concerning peer support for family carers of people with dementia alone and in combination with reminiscence group work. Karen also served as the Qualitative Methods Advisor across the programme.

Karen joined SHSSW in 2011 as Lecturer (now Senior Lecturer) in Health Sciences Research. In her role she continues to work in the area of health and wellbeing in later life, with a particular emphasis on understanding how challenges in life are overcome and how help can be best given.

Rachel Cooper is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader Track at the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL.  She is an epidemiologist with a longstanding interest in applying a life course approach to the study of ageing outcomes, specifically physical capability (the capacity to undertake the physical tasks of daily living) and musculoskeletal health.

The ultimate aim of her work is to provide evidence that will inform the selection of the most effective type and timing of interventions across life to promote healthy ageing or delay functional decline.  For almost ten years Rachel has been part of the study team responsible for the management of the MRC National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD), the oldest of the national British birth cohort studies, that has followed up approximately 5000 people since birth in 1946.

She has also been involved in the Healthy Ageing across the Life Course (HALCyon) research collaboration which used data from 9 longitudinal British studies (including the NSHD, English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and Hertfordshire Cohort and Ageing studies) to investigate the factors across life linked to physical capability in later life.

After training as an epidemiologist at the University of Cambridge, Dr. Theodore D Cosco joined the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Theodore’s primary interests include aspects of ageing influenced by positive psychology, e.g. healthy ageing and resilience. He is particularly interested in the dynamic interplay between physical functioning and psychological wellbeing.

Kate Hamblin joined the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing in January 2009 to work with Dr. Andreas Hoff on the ‘Carers@Work- Combining Job and Care - Conflict or Opportunity’ project, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. She has worked on three main areas at the Institute, including the examination of issues related to employment, following on from my postgraduate studies.

For the ‘Carers@Work’ project, she conducted a review of the literature related to care and/ or work; designed the interview guide; recruited and conducted over 50 qualitative interviews with working carers and employers demonstrating ‘best practice’ in terms of family-friendly policies; analysed the data and presented it in several reports. This project sought to address the experience of combining paid work with looking after an older person in terms of the difficulties faced and the strategies used to create a balance. The project had partners in Germany, Italy and Poland. Kate is currently working on a follow-on project examining self-employment for older workers.

Kate received PhD from the University of Bath in 2010. Her thesis addressed the changes to policies for work and retirement transitions for those over 50 in EU15 nations over the period of 1995-2005, with a particular focus on the uneven impact of these reforms upon different sub-groups within this age category. She published a book based on her thesis with Palgrave in 2013.

Ricky Kanabar is a senior researcher in the Understanding Society Policy Unit. Ricky’s role involves advising UK government on various quantitative research projects and in particular promoting the use of Understanding Society, the largest household panel of its kind in the world. Ricky is an economist by training and alongside his role in the Policy Unit also teaches MSc and PhD courses in quantitative methods at the University of Essex, he also maintains an academic research profile which is grounded in the economics of ageing and income dynamics.

Maria is currently a research assistant at the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) - London School of Economics (LSE) and she is working across many national (MODEM), European (ROADMAP) and international research projects in the dementia field. She is also a visiting junior academic at the University of Oxford (Oxford Institute of Population Ageing). She has worked as an advisor for Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) and as a researcher at the King’s College London (Global Observatory for Ageing & Dementia Care). Maria is a co-author of the World Alzheimer Report 2016 on “Improving healthcare for people living with dementia: Coverage, quality and costs now and in the future”.

She has an MSc in International Health Policy (LSE), an MSc in Psychology & Counselling (University of Sheffield) and a BSc in Psychology (Middlesex University). She will do a PhD at the Department of Social Policy (LSE) under the supervision of Professor Martin Knapp and Mr. Raphael Wittenberg.

Prior to joining the PSSRU, Maria worked for several years in clinical practice as director of a dementia Day Care Centre (Alzheimer’s Hellas). Her team was nominated by the University of Stirling (The International Excellence Awards 2010) as “Highly Commended” for developing innovative programmes of non-pharmacological interventions for people with dementia.

Maria has also worked as a researcher and project manager at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), Greek National School of Public Health and the Greek Ministry of Health. In these roles, she has conducted research on a range of topics related to health, mental health, dementia & ageing, with her main expertise relating to the issues around dementia and ageing.

She participates at the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on dementia (House of Parliament - UK) and she is member of the Emerging Researchers Board at the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK).

Rachel Marangozov (nee Pillai) has over a decade of experience in public policy research relating to the labour market disadvantage among minority ethnic and migrant communities, both here in the UK and in European Member States. Her work has also covered other aspects of migrant integration and community cohesion and she has worked on a number of equality and diversity projects at IES, and in her previous role at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). She is a Director of MigrationWork CIC, which helps communities, policymakers, and practitioners respond to migration in practical and evidence-based ways.

Dr. Marangozov has held a number of advisory positions in the past, including for the UK Parliament and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and is a Fellow at the London School of Economics. She holds M. Phil and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge.

Her media work includes articles for the Guardian; commentary for the Financial Times and BBC news online; television interviews for ORS Austrian Broadcasting Services, BBC News 24, BBC lunchtime news and BBC London evening news; and radio interviews for BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC local radio. Dr. Marangozov is also a blogger for the Huffington Post.

After graduating with a BSc Psychology from the University of Glamorgan in 2005, Paul started his PhD and took the role as a Senior Methodologist at the Office for National Statistics. After joining the Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA) in Swansea University as a Research Officer in 2008, Paul completed his PhD and subsequently accepted the post of Postgraduate Programme Director for Gerontology & Ageing Studies in 2012. He now delivers four taught programmes and is the admissions tutor for Postgraduate Research in the College.

Additionally, he supervises both Masters and PhD students within the CIA and has established an international exchange programme to enhance the student experience and employability. Within the University, Paul chairs the ethics subcommittee, is the lead for education and training in the Health and Wellbeing Academy and sits of the Learning and Teaching committee. Externally, Dr Nash is the Honorary Secretary for the British Society of Gerontology, Chair of Trustees for Age Cymru Swansea Bay & a panellist for the International Longevity Centre UK.

He has obtained Chartered Psychologist status and became an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Paul has an active grant capture in excess of £350k and continues to publish both in gerontology and psychology disciplines. His active research areas include ageism, stereotyping, older peoples housing, sexuality, discrimination, prejudice & the built environment.

Louise is a Lecturer in Social Policy and a member of the Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM). Her research interests focus on older people and personal finance (and personal finance-related issues), including financial security, financial advice, and the regulation of consumer financial services.

Louise has carried out extensive research on the role and relevance of housing wealth as a source of retirement finance, with a particular emphasis on equity release. Her published work in this area has gained widespread press coverage, and has been used by the Financial Conduct Authority, the equity release industry and its trade body, as well as in the development of Age UK’s Equity Release Advice Service.

Prior to joining the University of Birmingham, Louise worked as a Research Fellow on a major, multi-disciplinary, Leverhulme-funded project: Mind the (Housing) Wealth Gap: Intergenerational Justice and Family Welfare ’at the Universities of Durham and Essex.

Isla Rippon is a post-doctoral researcher at Brunel University working on the ‘Improving the experience of dementia and enhancing active life: The IDEAL study’ ( Prior to joining Brunel she completed a PhD at UCL in Epidemiology and Public Health funded by ILC-UK and UCL. Using data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), her doctoral research examined perceptions of age discrimination among older adults and the relationship between self-perceived age, health and mortality. Isla’s research interests include attitudes towards ageing, social interactions, along with health and wellbeing at older ages.

Sarah currently works as a Research Assistant on the MARQUE project at UCL looking at ways to manage agitation and raise quality of life for people with dementia. MARQUE was funded by the ESRC and the NIHR in response to the Prime Minister’s ‘Challenge on Dementia’ and has successfully recruited 4000 participants nationally to date. Sarah is also completing a PhD funded by CLAHRC investigating quality of life for people with dementia in a care home setting, by comparing and exploring the perspectives of paid staff, family relatives and people with dementia. Previously, Sarah has worked with Marie Curie’s Palliative Care Research Department, developing a complex intervention to improve care for people with advanced dementia; and Exeter University on a project exploring shared decision making and the impact of a dementia diagnosis in memory clinics in London.

Naomi Richards is a social anthropologist and her research interests include death and dying, end of life care for older people, palliative care, media and visual representations of ageing, gender and ageing, and media and visual representations of death and dying. She has completed a multi-sited study of the assisted dying debate in the UK and is about to start a project on the international spread of the death café movement.

She has also conducted research into the need for and provision of palliative care in UK hospitals, particularly for frail older people, and most recently, palliative approaches for caring for people with advanced dementia. She received her PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh in 2010 and now works as a Lecturer in End of Life Studies at the University of Glasgow.

After graduating from the University of Bristol with a BSc in Social Policy and Master of Arts in Housing Studies in 1999, Beth spent many years working as a practitioner in the field of housing (specialising in homelessness) and community development in the voluntary sector, before moving into policy and strategic positions in these areas.

Following a short career break to raise her young family Beth began working as a Research Assistant at Swansea University in the Centre for Social Work and Social Care Research (CSWSCR) in 2008 and joined the Centre for Innovative Ageing in 2010. Since this time she has worked on a number of research projects in the area of ageing studies and gerontology including age discrimination, international recruitment in the social care sector, dementia studies, social exclusion, environments of ageing, participatory arts and housing studies.

Beth has a keen interest in issues of disadvantage and social exclusion as well as service user participation and community development and is passionate about linking research with practice. She has recently completed her PhD entitled, ‘Disadvantage and advantage among older people in rural communities: a multi-level and life-course perspective’.


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Martin Green has had an extensive career in NGO development, both in the UK and internationally, and is Chief Executive of Care England; the largest representative body for independent social care services in the UK. He is also Chair of the International Longevity Centre and a Trustee of the National Aids Trust.

In 2012, in his role as Department of Health Independent Sector Dementia Champion, he led the development of the Dementia Care and Support Compact for The Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia.

He is also a member of the Secretary Of State for Health's Stakeholder Board; a Dignity Commissioner; a Lambeth Transformation Commissioner; A Member of the Nursing and Care Quality Forum; a Board Member of the National Institute for Health Research (School of Social Care) and a founder trustee of The National Skills Academy for Social Care. In 2008 he was named care personality of the year and was awarded an OBE for Services to Social Care in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Martin Green writes and broadcasts extensively on social care issues, and is on the Editorial Board of Community Care Market News.

Kevin Bounds is a chartered accountant and MBA who has worked in financial services throughout his career. After qualifying with Coopers and Lybrand and completing his MBA at University of Pittsburgh, he joined J P Morgan and spent nine years there in a variety of roles including internal audit, management information and helped establish the international equities business.  From there he joined County NatWest, initially as Group Management Accountant but quickly became group financial controller. He then became part of the start up team for NatWest Life where he established the finance function and became finance director.

Subsequent career moves took Kevin to Nationwide where he was finance director (and acting CEO)  for their life and unit trust business before joining KPMG to head up World Class Finance for retail financial services.

Kevin then set up his own consultancy building on his reputation for transforming finance functions and as a balanced scorecard expert. During this team Kevin had interim roles as Finance Director for a number of financial services firms.

He served on the executive committee of the Faculty of Finance and Management for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and co-authored their good practice guideline on balanced scorecard. In October 2011 he published a Special Report for the Institute on balanced scorecard.

Kevin is still active as a consultant and hopes his financial management expertise, knowledge of financial services and commitment to ILC will enable him to carry out the role of treasurer effectively and to the benefit of the organisation whilst also contributing as trustee in other areas.

Lawrence is the Chairman of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, the Senior Independent Director of Bupa, and the Chair of the Independent Governance Committee for Prudential.

As well as being a Trustee of the ILC, he is a Trustee of Age UK and the Chair of the Pensions Policy Institute.

Previously he was the founding Chairman of both the Pension Protection Fund and the National Employment Savings Trust, and a Member of the Board for Actuarial Standards and the Financial Ombudsman Service. In his executive life, he was CEO of three different Insurance groups.

He read Greats at St John’s College, Oxford.

Shaun Crawford has been leading Ernst & Young’s Global Insurance business for the last 5 years, growing EY’s Insurance consulting, audit, tax and corporate finance businesses and providing increased focus on the Emerging Markets (Asia, LATAM, India and Africa in particular).

Shaun has been in the Financial Services industry for >30 years having worked both in consulting & line management with the majority of European Life assurers & UK Retail Banks. Majority of the time serving the life, pensions, health & wealth market.

Author of recent disruptive thought leadership on the subjects of;  Health Insurer of the Future, Sensor Based Insurance, Block chain for Insurers and Digital Insurance Transformation.

Over the past 15 years, Shaun's experience has included the design and delivery of a number of large transformation projects for European Insurers as well as leading the European due diligence for a Top 3 Global Life Assurer as they purchased another Global life assurer

Shaun has managed and delivered a number of strategy and start up programmes for Global insurers over the past 5 years, including engagement with various international regulators and insurer business partners across the supply chain.

Shaun chairs EY’s Insurance Governance Leadership Network (IGLN) which has a membership over 100 NED’s and Regulators from across the world.

Prior to originally joining Ernst & Young, Shaun fulfilled a range of senior management roles within IBM, NatWest, PWC and HSBC

With 40 years’ experience of running businesses and providing strategic communications direction to change-makers, Jilly has a reputation for being a big thinker with a business head, for helping lift the lid on tough, often taboo, social issues, for challenging conventions, changing behaviour and turning positive thinking into influential reality.
In 1982, she founded the communications agency Munro & Forster. Six years later Jilly joined the main board of The Body Shop International; in 1996 she launched Forster Communications, the social change agency providing fresh thinking and collaborative working to help change policies, practices and priorities to protect and improve lives.

Jilly understands the issues and attitudes that drive positive change and has been working with not-for-profits, businesses and government departments on human rights, sustainable consumption, end of life, economic empowerment, child protection and women’s rights. She was a founding director of The Big Issue Ltd, a member of Business in the Community’s Age at Work leadership team, and has been a trustee of The Royal Parks Foundation, Children on the Edge, The Forgiveness Project and the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.

Diane started her career in television and radio, moving from production to presenting – she fronted programmes on BBC One, BBC TWO, Sky News and Channel 4 and hosted her own two hour daily radio show.

She started working in magazines at the BBC as a regular contributor to Family Life and later took up the role as features editor on Having a Baby magazine. A short period working on Good Housekeeping preceded her first editor’s role on the high profile Marks & Spencer magazine. After five years as editor on M&S, Diane launched a new magazine aimed at the over 50 market, and she remained as editor of Heyday until it moved to a rival publisher.

Following a brief stint at the Guardian, Diane joined Time Inc. UK as editor of Woman’s Weekly where she has been for the past eight years. She is on the Management Board of the company and leads the internal Content Executive committee.

Diane is on the Management Board of the Women of the Year Lunch and on the Lay Advisory Board of Chai Cancer Care.

Trevor Llanwarne was the Government Actuary from 2008-2014. During that time, he issued two reviews of the National Insurance Fund (the Fund that pays out State Pensions). The first was in 2010 and the second in 2014. In addition, he was the actuary for all the Government public service pension schemes which included NHS, Teachers, Civil Service, Police, Fire, Armed Forces, Judges and many others as well as signing out the monthly certificates regarding randomness of ERNIE and he led the team securing the actuarial work for NHS Litigation Authority.

Before 2008, Trevor was a pensions partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. During his 20 years at the firm, he had roles leading the HR Advisory business and was Chief Actuary for pensions.

As well as ILC, Trevor’s other current appointments include being a Governor of the Pensions Policy Institute, on an expert panel for a major academic research exercise into integrating pensions and long-term care and is on a share appeals panel. He also acts as a consultant to public sector Boards on strategic risk management.

Glyn Ryland qualified as a solicitor in 1988, worked in Herbert Smith's pensions team for four years (including working on the Savinson Committee on Electricity Pensions restructuring and pensions protection in the run up to privatisation), and then moved to Hong Kong for three years to work as a retirement schemes lawyer. In Hong Kong, Glyn served on the Law Society's Occupational Retirement Schemes Ordinance Committee and, having helped to shape the legislation, he registered the first ever scheme under that new regulatory regime. Since 1999, he has been the Head of Pensions at Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, including three years as a member of the firm's Management Committee. He was a founder (and member for ten years) of the Association of Pensions Lawyers' Investment Sub-Committee. At Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, he has worked extensively on pensions risk management and liability transfer projects for a wide range of larger and smaller pension schemes - longevity clearly being an issue at the heart of those projects. His clients include industry bodies and advisers, as well as pension funds and employers. He speaks regularly at pensions industry conferences, and contributes to industry publications and consultations. He is co-author of Tolley's E-Pensions and of the Asian Law Journal's guide to Hong Kong employment and pensions law.

Nigel Waterson is the former MP for Eastbourne (East Sussex). During his parliamentary career (1992-2010) Mr Waterson was Chairman of the APPG for Older People, Parliamentary Private Secretary of the Health Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Opposition Whip and Shadow Minister for Local Government, Trade and Industry, Pensions and Older People. As a solicitor, Mr Waterson set up a City of London law firm and built successful practice and worked as a consultant for other law firms. He is Chairman of East Sussex Abbeyfield and the Equity Release Council; Governor of the Pensions Policy Institute; Member of Council at the Society of Pension Professionals; and Chairman of Trustees for NOW:Pensions.