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WORKSHOP SESSION DAY 2 - 17th April Morning Session


Workshop 1 – Intergenerational Communities

Chair: David Williams, CEO, St Monica Trust
David Williams is a psychologist by profession and has held a number of senior positions within the health and social care sector.   As CEO of St Monica Trust, he is responsible for establishing the organisation as a major provider of older people’s housing and care services within the South West.   Prior to this position, David was Director of Health, Social Care and Support at the Accord Housing Association Group based in the West Midlands.
David is a non-executive Director of the National Care Forum and a founder member of CommonAge, an organisation established to improve older people’s care and housing across the Commonwealth. He has a lifelong interest in evidence-based practice, intergenerational service development and dementia and housing best practice.  He recently was involved in the establishment of a National intergenerational steering group and spoke at the launch of the all-party intergenerational inquiry in London.

Stephen Burke, Director, United for All Ages
Stephen Burke is director of the ‘think and do’ tank, United for All Ages, and the trip advisor style website, Good Care Guide. United for All Ages aims to create stronger communities and a stronger Britain by bringing older and younger people together. This includes promoting and developing shared sites, examples of which will be discussed at the conference and are featured in United for All Ages’ latest report, Mixing Matters. Previously Stephen was chief executive of two national care charities and the leader of a London borough. Currently he is also chair and trustee of several housing, care, ageing and family charities and chair of finance at North Norfolk NHS Clinical Commissioning Group.

Dr Melrose Stewart, School of Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham
Melrose Stewart is a TEDx speaker, Chartered Physiotherapist and lecturer in the School of Sports, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham. One of her recent and most ambitious project was her expert role in the remarkably successful Channel 4 television programme in 2017, ‘Old people’s Home for 4 year Olds’. She has delivered several talks nationally and internationally on intergenerational activities including a recent TEDx talk in 2017 entitled ‘Connecting generations for healthy ageing’ and another entitled, ‘Revolutionising connections between the young and the old’ at the Thrive conference in Guernsey. Melrose is an ex Vice President of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). In 2017 she was the recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from the CSP for her services in the area of equality and diversity. She sits as a professional on an international expert panel of academics, the Electrophysical Forum, an interactive platform for the use of electro physical modalities. Away from academia, Melrose sits on Her Majesty’s judiciary for Employment Tribunals and as Disability Qualified Member on Social Security Tribunals. She has a personal and professional interest in public health and health promotion and tries to stay fit by regular participating in aerobics and regular park runs.

Workshop 2 – Building Communities

Chair: Michael Voges, Executive Director, ARCO
Michael Voges is the Executive Director of the Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO), the representative body for housing-with-care providers for older people in the UK. Michael has led ARCO’s growth since setting the organisation up on behalf of its founding members in 2012, and was appointed as ARCO’s first Executive Director in August 2013. ARCO’s work is focused on tackling issues around regulation and policy, public awareness and supply of high quality retirement communities. Michael was a public sector consultant for 6 years, having previously worked as a journalist in Germany. 

John Collyns, Executive Director, Retirement Villages Association (NZ)
John Collyns was appointed Executive Director of the Retirement Villages Association (NZ) Inc (RVA) in October 2007. The RVA represents the interests of retirement village owners, developers and managers around New Zealand. John is responsible for setting the Association’s strategy and policy direction, as well as developing relationships with members, key stakeholders, central and local government agencies, and the media. Key stakeholders include the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment, the Retirement Commissioner, the Financial Markets Authority, the Office for Senior Citizens, District Health Boards, Business NZ, statutory supervisors, and consumer advocacy groups such as Age Concern and Grey Power, amongst others. 

Masoor Dalal, Founder and Chairman, Association of Senior Living, India
Mr. Dalal, is an Architect, who after 32 years of practice, across 26 cities, voluntarily closed operations, so as to devote his full time to the cause of Senior Living in India.
His company Oasis Senior Living,, since 2002, is concentrating on developing senior living communes, across the country. Their domain expertise is from concept to commissioning to operations. They are the only consultants in India offering these holistic services for the Senior Living industry.
He is also the founder and chairman of ASLI (Association of Senior Living India), ,the first national professional trade association formed to represent senior living providers in India and to protect the interest of seniors.
Mr. Dalal has written countless articles, extensively quoted and profiled in National, International magazines, media and trade journals. He is invited extensively across the globe to address seminars and conferences on the subject of Senior Living in India. In 2016, THE NEST, the latest project of OASIS Senior Living, was shortlisted in the finals for the Facility of the year, Independent Living category by a Pan Asia-Pacific organization of the senior living sector. 

Femada Shamam, Chief Executive Officer, The Association For The Ageing, South Africa
Population ageing is a worldwide reality. I am passionate about helping to create a world where elders wake up every morning with a sense of worthiness. Having a background in social work and later in management has given me the tools to be sensitive to the needs of our elders while at the same time appreciating that good business sense is critical if development is to be sustainable. My work is about the people; at times I am saddened by the hardships our elders experience but for the most part I am intrigued by the stories they tell, stories about resilience, joy, happiness, laughter, loss and incredible strength. It’s these stories together with exposure to leadership learning opportunities which has made my journey into elder care a fulfilling and worthwhile experience.
I draw inspiration from the different playgrounds I play in locally, nationally and globally. There is so much that is happening around the world by people like me who believe in the vision of a better life for our elders. Through collaborations, partnerships and ongoing conversations we can amplify our impact which ultimately benefits our elders. Driven by my personal philosophy of “Be more”, I aspire to be more understanding, be more grateful, be more inventive, be more compassionate, be more kind. Femada will take the Chair of the CommonAge Africa Chapter.

WORKSHOP 3 - Ageing in Health Communities

Chair: 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.

Jo Boylan, Director Operations, Southern Cross Care (SA & NT) Inc, Australia
Jo has significant aged care and management credentials from a 25-year career within the aged care industry which spans companies such as ACH Group and Lutheran Homes. She has also had close involvement with a range of policy issues affecting the aged care sector as an advisor to government departments and as a member of aged care sector reference groups and programs.
In addition, Jo has travelled the world studying and presenting papers at international forums on a range of matters pertaining to best practice in care and support for older people. As well as holding a Master’s Degree in Nursing in which her principal area of study was “Transforming Leadership in Aged Care”, Jo is in the process of completing her Doctorate of Public Health in which she has been studying the integration of healthy ageing into the management of residential care services.

Ngaire Hobbins, Dietitian Specialising in Ageing, Brain Health and Dementia
An accredited practising Dietitian with a widely varied career, specialising in gerontology, aged care, brain health and dementia in the past two decades. 
Ngaire’s passion lies in helping all older people enjoy independent, productive and fulfilling lives in their later years, whether they live in their own homes or in assisted care. Primarily a clinician, she especially relishes opportunities to translate complex science into language and sensible, practical advice for everyday people. Her three books: Eat To Cheat Ageing, Eat To Cheat Dementia and Better Brain Food, offer evidence based advice in everyday language, alerting older and younger adults alike to the unique nutrition needs of ageing and how combining the right food with activity helps avoid malnutrition-related physical and mental decline.

WORKSHOP 4 – Engaged Communities - Bringing People Together

Chair: John Kennedy, Co-Author of Power to the People

Tracey Robbins, UK Delivery Manager, The 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.
 You can follow Tracey on twitter @TraceyJRobbins

Sylvie Silver, Executive Director, NAPA
Sylvie is the Executive Director of the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA) and is responsible for all aspects of the charities work which promotes Life, Love and Laughter through meaningful engagement in care settings.
In a career spanning 50 years Sylvie has worked in a hospital, schools with a focus on special needs, adults with learning disabilities and care homes. Her passion for person centred activity and the link with well- being was influenced by all of these roles.
In 2015 Sylvie was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowship to look at the training of activity providers and the role of creative arts in older peoples care in Australia and the USA. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
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