Maria Ball, CEO, Quantum Care & Chair, National Care Forum
Maria Ball, BSc, MSc and MBA, is Chief Executive of Quantum Care, a Hertfordshire based, not for profit care organisation. Quantum provides care for over 3000 older people each year through the provision of a wide range of care services, including long term residential, nursing, intermediate, enablement, respite and day care. The organisation employs over 2000 permanent staff and currently operates its care services from 26 sites across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex. Quantum Care has an annual turnover of around £50m.
In a 40 year career that has mainly included working in or with the public and voluntary sectors, she has gained considerable experience of managing organisational change and development. She ran a national social care/special needs management consultancy for 8 years, has been Chief Executive/Director of a number of national charities and has been a board member or chair of a number of organisations. Follow Quantum Care on twitter @QuantumCareLtd
Dr John Beard M.B.B.S., Ph.D., Director, Department of Ageing and Life Course, World Health Organization, Geneva
He was a lead editor and writer for the first World report on ageing and health released in 2015. The Report outlines how governments, clinicians and individuals around the world can take concrete action to foster Healthy Ageing. The political mandate for this action is provided by the Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health which was developed by Dr Beard’s team and adopted by WHO’s 194 Member States in 2016. The Strategy places particular emphasis on addressing the needs of older people in low resource settings and on addressing the cumulative impacts of disadvantage across people’s lives, no matter where they live.
Dr Beard’s team is now responsible for a number of major global initiatives linked to this global vision. In 2012, he established the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities which now comprises over 550 member municipalities responsible for close to 170 million people including major cities such as Paris, New York, Buenos Aires, Yokohama, Barcelona, Tehran, and Seoul. Other ongoing work includes the Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) programme that is developing innovative and country-specific strategies to deliver integrated health and social care for older people; a global campaign to combat ageism and reframe the way we think about ageing and older age; and work with research partners to fill the many knowledge gaps in the field of ageing.
Dr Beard has held a range of senior public health and academic roles in Australia and the USA. He works closely with the World Economic Forum and is past chair of their Global Agenda Council on an Ageing Society and a current member of their Council on the Future of Human Enhancement. He was a co-editor of the 2014 Lancet series on Ageing, and of special issues of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization on “Women Beyond Reproduction” and “Healthy Ageing”. He remains actively involved in several large international research projects, with a particular interest in the influence of the physical, social and economic environments on health. Follow John on twitter @DrJohnBeard
Sharon Blackburn CBE, RGN RMN: Policy and Communications Director
Sharon has worked in the independent care sector for over 28 years, having previously spent 10 years in the NHS in a variety of roles. She has held the posts of director of nursing and director of quality assurance in one of the largest UK care providers and was the managing director for Heart of England Housing and Care until 2009.
She has served on a number of national policy groups, where she seeks to bridge the gap between policy and practice. She is director of the Residential Forum, a director of CommonAge and Vice Chair of NAPA. Sharon began her role at the National Care Forum in 2009 as Policy and Communications Director. In addition to representing members at national and international events, Sharon has developed skills in social care and health policy and regularly works with directors and boards on the successful management of change. Sharon was awarded an CBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours for services to nursing and the not-for-profit care sector. Follow Sharon on twitter @NCFsharon
David Brindle, Public Services Editor, The Guardian
David Brindle is public services editor of the Guardian. He is celebrating 30 years with the paper, having specialised throughout in social policy, and he has won awards for his coverage of health and social care and the voluntary sector. He is a regular conference chair and speaker on public services issues.
He is chair of NDTi, the National Development Team for Inclusion, a not-for-profit organisation working with people at risk of exclusion, and is vice-chair of the Recovery Focus group of mental health and addiction charities established by Richmond Fellowship. He is a member of advisory committees including those of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the NIHR School for Social Care Research. Follow David on twitter @DavidJ_Brindle
Anna Buchanan, Director People Affected by Dementia Programme, Life Changes Trust
Since 2014, Anna has been Director of the People Affected by Dementia Programme at the Life Changes Trust, based in Glasgow. The Life Changes Trust invests money and influences policy to create better lives for people living with dementia, unpaid carers and young people with experience of the care system. Prior to this Anna worked with the Older People's Commissioner for Wales as Director for Protection, Scrutiny and Human Rights.
She has extensive experience of working with older people and, whilst in Wales, Chaired two Ministerial Advisory Committees - one on the human rights of older people, and one on a human-rights-based approach to sudden care home closures. Anna has degrees in Public Administration and in Law; she was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2009. When she is not working, Anna enjoys cooking for family and friends and playing board games. Follow Anna on twitter @rightsmadereal
Prof Paul Burstow, Chair, Social Care Institute for Excellence
Paul Burstow joined the SCIE board as Chair in July 2017. He has over thirty years of public service leadership in local government, Westminster and Whitehall.
Since leaving parliament he has been appointed to chair the north London based, internationally renowned, Tavistock and Portman NHS FT – the home of psychotherapy. He is a member of the independent oversight and advisory group for the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.
His interest in mental health led to his appointment in 2016 as the University of Birmingham’s Professor of Mental Health Public Policy, a part-time role in which he is leading a policy commission devising a new prevention and early action paradigm.
Paul was appointed minister of state for care services in 2010 leading the drafting of the Care Bill (now Act) and No Health Without Mental Health strategy.
His interest in social care saw him appointed as Chair of the Design Council’s Transform Ageing National Advisory Panel in 2016 and as President of the TSA – the voice of technology enabled care in 2017. Paul was appointed to Her Majesty’s Privy Council in 2012. Follow Paul on twitter @PaulBurstow
Margie Van Zyl Chapman, Chairperson, South African Care Forum
With an entire career in the field of ageing, a social worker by profession, Margie’s particular interest is in long-term care, leadership training, and partnership development. She is passionate about networking, helping organisations to share their stories, and partnership development for the greater good. She served on the Global Ageing Network board for 8 years, with a two-year term as Global Chair. She currently serves on the Board of CommonAge. She is the Chairperson of the South African Care Forum. She is a faculty member of Age without Borders and the CommonAge Liaison for the Pass it on Network. Margie has travelled extensively locally and internationally engaging stakeholders in the aged care sector. She runs her own consultancy Take the Lead – living well, ageing well, and is focusing on leadership development in the care sector in South Africa. Growing leaders and supporting them in their leadership journey, is Margie’s passion. Follow Margie on twitter @CommonAgeAssoc
Hon. Anthony Agius Decelis, Junior Minister for Person for Persons with Disability and Active Ageing, Parliament of Malta
He was born in Pietà, Malta on October 23, 1967. He currently lives in Mosta but is originally from Gzira. On May 20, 1989, he married Josette Agius Decelis and together they are proud parents of Danika, Ann Marie and Jeanine. His favourite motto is “Who dares, Wins”.
Hon. Anthony Agius Decelis received his formal education at the Government Primary School in Naxxar and later, in 1992, graduated with Honours from the University of Malta in Youth and Community Studies in Informal Education. He continued his studies with a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Management and later obtained a Master’s degree in Gerontology & Geriatrics.
Throughout his career, he worked in the Health Care Department, specifically in the PSG Cat-Lab. He spent more than 20 years as an Electro-Cardiographer. Since a young age, he had particular interest in current affairs and occupied various roles within the Partit Laburista youth forum.
Hon. Decelis was elected Member of Parliament in Malta in 2008. He contested successfully again in 2013 and 2017.
In 2014, he was officially appointed as the Commissioner for Simplification and Reduction of Bureaucracy to be part of the Office of the Prime Minister. He was also the Chairman of the Family Affairs Committee and Member of Parliament. During this time, he had the opportunity to meet and hold discussions with various stakeholders in different sectors, including public, and private profit and non-profit organisations. During the last election, Hon. Agius Decelis contested again on the same districts and was re-elected from the 11th District. Today, Hon. Agius Decelis is the Junior Minister for Persons with Disability and Active Ageing. Follow Anthony on twitter @tony4mp
Anna Dixon, CEO, Centre for Ageing Better
Anna Dixon is the Chief Executive of the Centre for Ageing Better, an independent charitable foundation that brings about change for people in later life today and for future generations. Anna joined Ageing Better from the Department of Health where she was Director of Strategy and Chief Analyst.Anna began her career with the European Observatory on Health Care Systems. In 2003-2004 she worked as a policy analyst in the Department of Health Strategy Unit.
Anna was previously Lecturer in European Health Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2005-6 she was awarded a Harkness Fellowship in Health Policy by the Commonwealth Fund of New York. She has a PhD in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Follow Anna on twitter @DrAnnaDixon
Chief Kikelomo Laniyonu Edwards, CEO, Dementia Care Society of Nigeria
Chief Kikelomo (Kiki) Laniyonu Edwards has over 30 years' experience in elder care provision and management.
She is a full member of the World Dementia Council; the founder and CEO of the Dementia Care Society of Nigeria (DCSoN); the founder and director of Rossetti Care Ltd, Nigeria; and she has founded DementiaNigeria.com to raise awareness, educate and support families of Nigerians living with dementia.
Jaco Hoffman, DPhil (Oxon), Professor of the Optentia Research Focus sub-programme, North-West University, South Africa & Research Fellow, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, Oxford University
Professor of Socio-Gerontology and leader of the Optentia Research Focus sub-programme: Ageing and Generational Dynamics in Africa (AgenDA) at North-West University (Vaal Triangle Campus), South Africa and James Martin Senior Research Fellow in the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing at the University of Oxford, UK
He is also an Honorary Professor in the Institute of Ageing in Africa, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town. He furthermore coordinates the UN endorsed African Research on Ageing Network (AFRAN) and is a Board Member of the South African Care Forum (SACF) as well as a past President of the South African Gerontological Association (SAGA). Jaco co-directs, with Prof Sebastiana Kalula (UCT), the International Longevity Centre (ILC) – South Africa. Follow The Oxford Institute of Population Ageing on twitter @oxford_ageing
Sanchita Hosali, Director, The British Institute of Human Rights
Sanchita is a recognised expert in human rights and equality law, policy and practice, with over fifteen years of working both in the UK and internationally. As Acting Director at BIHR Sanchita provides strategic leadership and over sees operations and the delivery of BIHR’s education, outreach and information services, with a lead role in policy and campaigning.
Sanchita has a particular expertise in addressing violence against women from a human rights perspective. She has been an academic researcher, worked as a freelance researcher, and lead policy and strategy development at other organisations. Sanchita was previously the Vice-Chair and Chair of Rights of Women, a national legal organisation, overseeing the organisation’s constitution as a charity. Sanchita holds an LLM Human Rights Law and an LLB in Law. Follow Sanchita on twitter @sfhosali
Jeremy Hughes CBE, CEO, Alzheimer’s Society
Jeremy Hughes joined Alzheimer’s Society in November 2010. He is leading the charity in its five year transformational strategy ‘New Deal on Dementia’ 2017-22. Jeremy co-chairs the Dementia Friendly Communities Champions Group with top broadcaster Angela Rippon for the UK Prime Minister.
Jeremy was previously Chief Executive of Breakthrough Breast Cancer where he was instrumental in providing visionary leadership, galvanising the charity's research platform and its authority on campaigning and policy. Before that Jeremy was Head of External Affairs at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
His career in health and social care charities includes leadership posts at the British Red Cross, Leonard Cheshire, Muscular Dystrophy and NCH Action for Children. Jeremy was the chair of National Voices 2009-14. He is currently the Co-chair of the UK Dementia Action Alliance and chair of the Global Alzheimers and Dementias Action Alliance. He is also a member of the World Dementia Council. Jeremy was awarded the CBE, for services to older people, in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2015. Follow Jeremy on twitter @JeremyHughesAlz
Debbie Ivanova, Deputy Chief Inspector Adult Social Care (London and South), Care Quality Comission
Debbie was Head of Regional Compliance at CQC before she was appointed Head of Inspection for the South Region in 2014. She also worked at CQC's predecessors, the Commission for Social Care Inspection and National Care Standards Commission (NCSC).
Deborah spent five years working as a volunteer for Voluntary Service Overseas in Albania and Bulgaria, training staff and developing services for children and adults with learning disabilities and mental health needs. During this time, she also worked as a consultant for Unicef in Macedonia considering how to improve the situation of children with disabilities.
As a qualified social worker, Deborah's previous posts include inspecting learning disability services in Gloucestershire and managing a residential service for people with disabilities coming out of long stay hospital. She was also a project worker in a respite service for children with disabilities and a care assistant in a children's home. Deborah remains on the Health and Care Professions Council register and has a BSocSc in Social Administration and Sociology, and a Masters of Social Work. Follow Debbie and CQC on twitter @CareQualityComm
Prof Malcolm Johnson, Department of Social Policy, University of Bath
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. He served as Director of the School for Policy Studies and of the International Institute on Health & Ageing. 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 twelve 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 Fellow (and Council member) of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS), 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. He was presented with the British Society of Gerontology Outstanding Achievement Award, 2014.
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Stephen Johnston, Co-Founder, Aging2.0
Stephen Johnston is the co-founder of Aging2.0, a global network of innovators in ageing, based in Silicon Valley, with chapters in 20 countries. Aging2.0 has 50+ volunteer-run chapters and 150+ corporate partners taking on the 'Grand Challenges' of aging, and runs the annual OPTIMIZE conference in San Francisco. He is the founder of Fordcastle, an innovation consultancy, an expert with the Future Agenda, and co-author of Growth Champions (Wiley, 2012), Stephen serves on the board of Music and Memory, a New York-based nonprofit focused on improving the quality of life for older people. He has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Follow Stephen on twitter @sdbj
John Kennedy, Co-Author of Power to the People
John gained a degree in Economics BA (Hons) Econ from the University of Manchester in 1987.
John spent 15 years working for an independent care provider. His last role in the company was as General Manager. He also previously ran his own business delivering IT solutions to the care sector and newsagents.
John joined JRHT/JRF in 2001 as Deputy Director of Care Services and became Director of Care Services in 2004. He managed a mixed portfolio of care homes, retirement villages, supported living in York, Leeds, Scarborough and Hartlepool. In his time at JRF John also managed a portfolio of action research projects including ‘Neighbourhood approached to loneliness”, “Care Homes-Risk and regulation” and, published in Oct 2014, ‘John Kennedy’s Care Home Inquiry’.
John’s other roles have included: Board Director, National Care Forum (NCF), Commissioner – York Fairness Commission, sponsored by the Archbishop of York. (Final report published 2012); And Commissioner – North Yorkshire and York NHS Clinical Services Review chaired by Dr Hugo Mascie-Taylor (report published 2011).
Current roles include. Trustee of the Wilberforce Trust – a charity providing accommodation and services to adults with learning disabilities, specifically those with a visual impairment. Director of The Residential Forum and Honorary Lecturer at City University, London. In December 2016 John was appointed, by the Minister for Health in Northern Ireland, to be part of an Expert Advisory Panel, providing an independent perspective on potential solutions to meet the challenges facing the care and support system and ensure it is sustainable and fit for purpose. The report “Power to People’ was published in December 2017. John is currently working as a freelance consultant in social care.
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Eric Kihlstrom, Director, Innovate UK
As Innovate UK's interim Director of Healthy Ageing Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, I work with industry, Government, 3rd sector and academia to unlock opportunities that come with demographic changes. The Healthy Ageing Challenge Fund is a £98 million fund to invest in innovations ranging from statutory care solutions through to the healthy lifestyles that prevent or delay the need for care.
Prior to my current role, I've been a Digital Transformation Strategy Director with 30+ years of delivering impactful innovation to multi-national corporations as well as rapid growth start-ups. Part of pioneering team to disrupt telecoms industry in the nineties. Continue to deliver transformation via people-centred, analytics based, lean innovation.
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Andrew Larpent, Chair, CommonAge
Coming from a military family Andrew initially followed the family tradition. He served for 30 years as an infantry officer in the British Army. This culminated in commanding an armoured battlegroup throughout the first Gulf War. He was awarded the OBE in 1992. After leaving the regular Army in 1994 he worked in industry as a company director before being appointed CEO of a UK charity – Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood (CLIC) in 1997.
In 2001 he was appointed CEO of the Somerset Care Group, one of the UK’s leading not-for-profit aged and disability care companies. During his time with Somerset Care he became a founding Board member of the National Care Forum (NCF), the UK’s peak body for not-for-profit care providers, and Chairman from 2006 to 2011. In 2005 he joined the Board of the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA) and was Vice Chairman from 2009 to 2012.
In November 2011 Andrew moved to Adelaide with his wife Anne and took up his current position as CEO of Southern Cross Care (SA&NT). In 2014 Andrew was asked to take on the role of Chairman of Dignity in Care Australia, a new and rapidly growing global movement that places the individual patient or care recipient at the heart of all service delivery and design. In 2013 Andrew launched the Commonwealth Association for the Ageing (CommonAge) and is now Chairman. Follow Andrew on twitter @ALarpent
Dr George Leeson, Director of the Oxford Institute of Population, University of Oxford
Dr. Leeson’s first degree was in Mathematics, followed by a Masters in Applied Statistics, both from Oxford. His Doctoral work was in Demography, firstly at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and then at the University of Copenhagen, where he worked as an Associate Professor at the Institute of Statistics, University of Copenhagen, before returning to Oxford to take up a Senior Research Fellowship in Demography.
Dr. Leeson’s main research interests are in the socio-demographic aspects of ageing populations, covering both demographic modelling of population development and the analysis of national and international data sets.
Dr. Leeson has directed the Danish Longitudinal Future Study, which elucidates the attitudes and aspirations of future generations of older people in Denmark, and he is Principal Investigator with Professor Sarah Harper on the Global Ageing Study, a survey of 44,000 men and women aged 40 to 80 in 24 countries.
Dr. Leeson’s current research includes the demographic inequalities of global ageing, the changing populations of Europe and Latin America, migration and migrants in Europe, causes and consequences of depopulation in Central and Eastern Europe, and future prospects for longevity.
Dr. Leeson is a leading member of The Complex Environmental Population Interactions Project which unites key demographers, economists, anthropologists, philosophers and environmentalists to address through research, modeling and scenarios, the range of complex interactions between environmental and demographic change over the first half of the 21st century. Dr. Leeson directs the Institute’s research networks in Latin America (LARNA) and in Central and Eastern Europe (EAST) and also the Centre for Migration and Ageing Populations (MAP Centre).
In 2015, Dr. Leeson was appointed Visiting Professor of Demography at the University of Guanajuato-Leon in Mexico. Follow Oxford Institute of Population Ageing on twitter @oxford_ageing
Dr Donald Macaskill, CEO, Scottish Care
Scottish Care is the membership organisation of providers of care home and care at home/housing support services in Scotland. Numbering nearly 1000 organisations Scottish Care members employ over 100,000 staff. Dr Macaskill sits on a number of Governmental strategic and policy groups and has a particular interest in human rights-based approaches to care and support, personalisation, bereavement and palliative care.
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Julienne Meyer CBE, Professor of Nursing: Care for Older People, University of London
Julienne is a registered nurse and qualified teacher, who leads Research and Development in Care for Older People at City, University of London. She uses collaborative approaches to bring about whole systems change and reflect on the lessons learnt from attempts to improve practice. Her style of working is evidence-based, relationship-centred, appreciative, and action oriented. Over the last 20 years, she has worked in a variety of different settings (health and social care; general and mental health; hospital and community) and across a number of traditional boundaries (public and private; policy and practice; research and education). She is particularly known for promoting quality of life for those living, dying, visiting and working in care homes for older people, in her role as Executive Director of My Home Life (http://myhomelife.org.uk/). My Home Life was founded by Des Kelly (former CEO, National Care Forum) in collaboration with Help the Age (now known as Age UK).
With an international reputation for expertise in action research, qualitative methods and aged care; Julienne is current Vice Chair of the Global Ageing Network and holds Adjunct Professorships at the University of South Australia and Griffith University. She is also a member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee for Translating Research into Elder Care (University of Alberta) and Better Health for Residents in Care Homes (University of Bradford).
Julienne was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s 2015 New Year honours for contribution to Nursing and Care for Older People and more recently recognised by the University of London as one of 150 leading women to mark the 150th anniversary of women in Britain being admitted to higher education.
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Sailesh Mishra, Founder of Silver Innings Group
Sailesh Mishra is Social Entrepreneur and Mentor; he is the Founder of Silver Innings Group a community dedicated to Senior Citizens in India. Sailesh Mishra is Renowned International Social Activist working for the welfare of Senior Citizens.
Mr Mishra had recently in April – May 2017 gone to Perth to undertake a 4-week intensive master course in Western Australia on the Spark of Life Philosophy. Mr Sailesh Mishra is Mumbai’s first International Spark of Life Master Practitioner in Dementia Care.
He has around 15 years hard core Marketing experience in corporate world and since last 10 years actively involved working with Elderly. His organisation Silver Innings (since April 2008) is working towards creating Elder Friendly World where Ageing becomes a Positive and Rewarding Experience. In 2005 in his early 40’s he has left his well-paid corporate job to work for his passion to work with Senior Citizens, which he believes is the most neglected and ignored segment. His work in the field of Dementia is worth to be commended. He effectively uses his ICT (Social Media), PR, Networking & Advocacy skills to reach out to civil society all over the globe.
Having delved deep into the lives of the aged and understanding their challenges, their emotional needs, their wishes and their aspirations and hopes, he was felt compelled to start ‘A1 Snehanjali’ in Aug 2013– Mumbai MMRDA’s 1st 24 x 7 Dedicated Assisted Living Elder Care Home at Nalasopara West and in 2016 at Virar.
He has won several awards including, National award Karamaveer Puraskar in 2008 and Karmaveer Jyoti in 2016 and has participated in various summits and his remarkable work in the field of Dementia and Elder Right Advocacy has brought him accolades, respect and support from many renowned organizations around the world.
His vision for an elder-friendly world has garnered support from individuals and organizations across age in society. A belief that these silver-haired, golden-hearted people deserve to enjoy their “second childhood” with dignity, respect and care has driven Sailesh Mishra and his team of committed souls to reach out to seniors in as many ways as possible.
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Francis Njuakom Nchii, Director, Community Development Volunteers for Technical Assistance (CDVTA), Cameroon
Francis Njuakom Nchii is a Cameroon national, and holds certificates in social work, community development, social gerontology, advocacy and leadership. He is founder and Executive Director of Community Development Volunteers for Technical Assistance (CDVTA), Cameroon’s leading organization for the care and support of older people. In addition to having received more than five awards in Cameroon by different national media groups, in 2008 Njuakom was awarded the Sheila McKechnie 2008 International Campaigner Award at Number 10 Downing Street, London, by the then UK Prime Minister, the Rt,. Hon. Gordon Brown.
Mr. Njuakom was recently presented with the Positive Ageing Image Award in the United States of America, by LeadingAge Georgia. He is a Common Wealth Association for the Ageing Ambassador in Cameroon. He is a Director on the Board of the International Federation on Ageing (IFA).
During the 2016 Cameroon’s National Day celebration, the President of Cameroon conferred on him, the title of "Knight of the Cameroon Order of Valour" for his over 20 years of service, championing elderly rights in Cameroon and for promoting community development in the country. Francis has chaired and presented papers on ageing issues in many international conferences across Europe, Australia, United States of America and Africa.
Apart from being an experienced motivational speaker, Francis currently serves as Representative of Nouvelle Planete Swiss projects in Cameroon. He also serves on the national ageing committee with the ministry of social affairs in Cameroon. Francis is happily married to Roseline Njuakom and they have two boys and three girls.
Vic Rayner, Executive Director, National Care Forum
Vic Rayner has many years’ experience of working in the voluntary and community sector, with a particular focus on housing, care and support sectors. She spent seven years as the CEO of Sitra - a leading national membership body championing excellence in housing, health, care and support. As CEO, Vic sat on a wide range of governmental and sector wide bodies including DWP, DCLG, CQC and ADASS steering groups.
Vic played a key role in the work that Sitra has been leading in the sector on the connection between health & housing, driving forward strength based working and personalisation. She represented Sitra on the European PUSH network, Housing First European learning group, and was responsible for Sitra’s status as lead partner in a Europe wide programme.
Vic is the independent Chair of the Brighton and Hove Fairness Commission, tackling inequalities and promoting social justice within the locality. She is also a Director of the London Housing Foundation, funding innovation and best practice in homelessness provision. Vic has an MBA (Distinction), MA and BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
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Tracey Robbins, UK Delivery Manager, Eden Project Communities Team
Tracey is our UK Delivery Manager for the Eden Project Communities team, based in Bradford and travelling the length and breadth of the UK ensuring UK wide reach and delivery of initiatives that encourage public engagement and participation including The Big Lunch and The Great Big Walk, as well as our community networks all of which facilitate positive action and create real social capital on a mass scale.. Tracey leads the project management and delivery of Eden Project Communities large geographically dispersed team, who are based across the UK, working with communities and enabling powerfully ordinary people to create positive change where they live.
Prior to joining us, Tracey led Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s programme ‘Neighbourhood approaches to loneliness’, a place based action research programme working with local people to explore what causes and reduces loneliness. She represents Eden Project Communities partnership on the cross political party Commission for loneliness.
Tracey’s career has focussed on asset based community development approaches, health wellbeing and social care within the voluntary and community sector for 20 years. Using action research and participatory technics to work directly with individuals and groups to bring about change, develop opportunities and redress imbalances. Follow Tracey on twitter @TraceyJRobbins
Chris Roles, Managing Director, Age International
Chris Roles is Managing Director of Age International, a charity focusing on the needs and rights of older people in low and middle income countries. Age International is a member of the global HelpAge network.
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Katie Sloan, Executive Director, Global Ageing Network
Katie Smith Sloan is the executive director of the Global Ageing Network, an organization with a presence in over 50 countries committed to improving the quality of life for people as they age. She also serves as president and CEO of LeadingAge, a U.S. based organization representing 6,000 providers of ageing services.
She has led the Global Ageing Network for five years. The Network, formerly known as the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA), is an international community of leaders in ageing services, housing research, technology and design.
Sloan serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation, HelpAge USA, and the Long Term Quality Alliance (LTQA). She is also co-chair of Dementia Friendly America, a multi-sector collaborative with a mission to foster dementia friendly communities. Sloan’s home base is Washington, DC. Follow the Global Ageing Network on twitter @GlobalAgeing
Mary Wimbury, CEO, Care Forum Wales
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Datin Jacqueline WM WONG, Hon. Secretary - Executive Committee, Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation, Malaysia (ADFM)
Hon. Secretary – Executive Committee, Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation Malaysia (ADFM) an NGO formed in 1997 with the objective of assisting people with dementia and their caregivers, advocating and raising greater awareness of dementia in Malaysia.
Jacqueline is the Advisor, Special Projects for Digital Impressions in Brunei and Malaysia. And, over 30 years’ experience working with both the public and private sectors, local as well as international.
With over 20 years of hands-on experience in the communications and print industry, her publications projects have won numerous accolades and prestigious awards for high standards of achievement and excellence in print, media and social communications and community projects.
In 2010, Jacqueline was awarded the Madison's Who's Who 'Member of the Year Award 2010/2011' for '… having demonstrated exemplary achievement in social responsibility to the community and distinguished contributions to the business community’. This achievement awarded carries a lifetime membership.
Besides advocacy and raising awareness on dementia in Malaysia and Brunei, she also facilitates training and workshops on dementia care skills for officers from the medical, social welfare and community development agencies, volunteers, caregivers and family members.
Jacqueline facilitates monthly dementia workshops, mentoring potential local trainers from the Ministry of Health (MOH); and the Social Welfare and Community Development Department of the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports (MCYS) Brunei.
She is currently managing the Dementia Friendly Community Corner launched on 9 September 2017 in conjunction with the World Alzheimer’s Month. The 1,500 sq. ft. premise is supported by Atria Shopping Gallery, a neighbourhood mall aspiring to be Malaysia’s first dementia-friendly mall (and in the Asia Pacific region).