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The conference was held 15–16 Nov, as part of Longevity Week 2021

‘Creating societal change through inspiration, innovation and impact.’

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The conference was held online, and you can watch session recordings on the 'Recordings' page.

Honoured to be supported by a wide arrange of renowned experts. Healthy Ageing 2021 provides you with the opportunity to hear and learn from authors, professors, entrepreneurs and policy makers from right across the Healthy Ageing domain, conveniently online.

Welcomes and Keynotes

Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan was born in London and has lived here all his life. In 2005 Sadiq was elected MP for Tooting. He was appointed Minister of State for Communities in 2008 and later became Minister of State for Transport, becoming the first Muslim and first Asian to attend Cabinet. In 2013 Sadiq was appointed Shadow Minister for London, and in 2015 he led the Labour Party campaign in London in the General Election.


Lucy Chappell

Professor Lucy Chappell is Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Health and Social Care, Chief Executive Officer of the National Institute for Health Research, Professor of Obstetrics at King’s College London and Honorary Consultant Obstetrician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. She leads the NIHR together with Dr Louise Wood and is chair of the NIHR Strategy Board.

David Halpern

David Halpern

Professor David Halpern is the Chief Executive of the Behavioural Insights Team. David has led the team since its inception in 2010. Prior to that, David was the first Research Director of the Institute for Government and between 2001 and 2007 was the Chief Analyst at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit.


George MacGinnis

George MacGinnis leads the £98 million Healthy Ageing Challenge, a research and innovation programme supporting the UK Government’s commitment to ensure that people can enjoy at least 5 extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035.

Heléna Herklots

Heléna is the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales – an independent statutory role established in law to protect and promote older people’s rights. She took up post in 2018 after over 30 years working on ageing and older people’s issues. Starting her career working directly with older people and their families in day centres and care homes, she has influenced public policy, campaigned for change and developed and provided support services for older people.


Cynthia Bullock

Cynthia Bullock leads the innovation activities across the UK Government’s £98 million Healthy Ageing Challenge supporting the development and delivery of products and services that will allow people to remain active, productive, independent and socially connected across generations for as long as possible.

Mike Short

Dr Mike Short CBE, after 30 years in telecommunications with Telefonica, joined the Department for International Trade as the Department’s first Chief Scientific Adviser in December 2017. Mike leads the science and engineering profession in the department and ensures its policy is informed by the best science, engineering and technical advice.

Day One


9.45-10.30am: Changing Minds - innovative ways to attract and engage new audiences

Chair: Dr Helen Manchester

Helen Manchester is an Associate Professor in Digital Inequalities and Urban Futures at the University of Bristol and Principal investigator for the Connecting through Culture as we Age project. Helen is interested in ageing futures, co-design, social connectivity, culture and the arts. She develops methodologically innovative approaches to research in collaboration with artists, technologists, civil society organisations and policy-makers. Helen has led a number of co-designed research projects working with cultural value, material culture, arts and older people, including Tangible Memories: Community in care, Tangible Memories: Parlours of Wonder.

Co-Chair: Paul Clarke

Paul Clarke is a Senior Lecturer in Performance Studies at University of Bristol and co-investigator on Connecting Through Culture As We Age: Digital Innovation for Healthy Ageing. His work explores ways in which interactive technologies can enable participation and co-creation in performance. Paul is artistic director of the company Uninvited Guests, which has shown work internationally (USA, Mexico, Australia, China, throughout Europe) and at UK venues including Historic Royal Palaces, Bristol Old Vic, Tate Britain, Southbank Centre, and the RSC. In response to lockdown, Uninvited Guests made Love Letters at Home, which toured widely online and brought audiences closer socially in times of physical distancing.

From 2019-20 Paul was a Digital Placemaking Fellow on Bristol+Bath Creative R+D, and he is currently developing an MA in Immersive Arts.

Maddy Mills

Maddy Mills was appointed Director for Entelechy Arts in October 2020, joining the organisation after 5 years as Producer for Artistic Programming at Southbank Centre where she delivered a portfolio of high-profile festivals, immersive exhibitions and special projects.

Her work is grounded in the belief that feeling connected to a community - in whatever form that takes - helps people lead healthier and happier lives, and that the arts is a powerful vehicle for storytelling, providing a platform to underrepresented voices and encouraging a more equal society.

Previous roles have seen Maddy work as Festivals Manager for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and internationally as Associate Producer for Baku 2015 European Games where she oversaw a nation-wide cultural programme in over 50 regions across Azerbaijan. Maddy was Producer for the Bloomsbury Festival for 5 years, a programme which welcomed over 50,000 visitors each year and worked with a network of over 80 partners in central London. She also ran her own cultural producing and placemaking company, Hidden Cities, which through its work advocated for how a strong cultural offer can make a positive impact on the economic potential of a geographic area. In her early career she was heavily involved with delivering community festivals and unique street theatre, including taking a giant squid farm to the streets of Brighton and animatronic street furniture across the UK.

More recently, in 2019, she founded the Family Volunteering Club, a growing initiative to better connect families with local charities and community organisations on their doorstep, through a dynamic programme of fun and engaging volunteering opportunities for kids to experience with their grown-ups.

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Richard Misek

Richard Misek is a filmmaker and media academic. His work explores the spaces between film, art, and online video. He has a particular interest in digital access and inclusion, and is currently leading a UK Arts and Humanities Research Council project entitled ‘Digital Access to Arts and Culture Beyond COVID-19’, in collaboration with Arts Council England. The project’s research has been recently reported by the BBC throughout the national media.

Jonny Freeman

Jonny is a leading expert in digital media psychology, with a core focus on the Creative Industries. He has developed a body of knowledge and methodologies to optimise digital UX, impact and effectiveness, with a key focus on audience experience of creative, broadcast, social and immersive technology. These include the ITC-SOPI (2001) and the Immersive User Experience Toolkit (2018), in use in hundreds of labs around the world. In Q1 2020, his company, i2 media research limited, launched the online self-service Audience Impact Metric, to enable creative organisations to access the methodologies easily and affordably.

Through 2019-2021, he has led the audience insight and strategy function of the Royal Shakespeare Company led Audience of the Future Performance Demonstrator, an Innovate UK funded collaborative R&D project. In this role, he has led the development of: a new segmentation of UK audiences for content spanning live performance to digital games, an in-depth study of the needs of different of these audience segments through COVID-19, and the development of easy ways for creative organisations to access the methodologies developed by his team and the project's research partners.

Through his wide consultation with the creative industries, he has identified business opportunities for the creative content sector from tech including immersive, personalisation and 5G.  He is a Professor of Psychology and Academic Lead for Knowledge Exchange at Goldsmiths University of London, and currently a Creative Industries Policy and Engagement Fellow for the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

9.45-10.30am: Insights for Innovators – Addressing dementia and inequalities

Chair: Professor Judith Phillips

Judith Phillips is Deputy Principal (Research), and Professor of Gerontology at the University of Stirling, and is the UKRI Research Director for the Healthy Ageing Challenge. Her research interests are in the social, behavioural and environmental aspects of ageing and she has published and researched widely on environmental aspects of ageing, social care and caregiving.

Before joining the University, Judith was Director of the Research Institute for Applied Social Sciences at Swansea University which sought to strengthen social sciences across the University and embed a social science perspective in Engineering and Medicine. She was also Director of the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research for Wales and the School for Social Care Research in Wales.

She holds 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. Professor Phillips has been highly active in shaping the UK’s gerontological research landscape and her applied research has impacted on government policy. Between 2008 and 2010 Professor Phillips was President of the British Society of Gerontology. In 2013 she was awarded an OBE for Services to Older People.

Professor Linda Clare

Linda Clare is Professor of Clinical Psychology of Ageing and Dementia at the University of Exeter Medical School. Trained as a clinical psychologist, she leads the University’s Centre for Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health (REACH). Her research aims to improve the lives of older people and people with dementia through a focus on living well with dementia, developing rehabilitative approaches to optimise independence, and supporting family care. This includes the IDEAL longitudinal cohort study, an Alzheimer’s Society Centre of Excellence, which investigates what helps people with dementia and family carers to live well with the condition. Linda has published over 250 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She is an Editor for the journal Neuropsychological Rehabilitation and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Gerontological Society of America. In 2004 she received the May Davidson award from the British Psychological Society for her contribution to the development of clinical psychology in the UK. She was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science in 2015 in recognition of her work on awareness in people with dementia. She is registered as a practitioner with the UK Health and Care Professions Council.

Professor Tom Scharf

Thomas Scharf is Professor of Social Gerontology in the Population Health Sciences Institute at Newcastle University and co-lead of the University's new Centre for Ageing and Inequalities. He is current President of the British Society of Gerontology (2019-2022). Tom’s research addresses issues relating to social inclusion and exclusion in later life, often with a focus on the spaces and places in which inclusion and exclusion arise and on the policy responses to forms of exclusion. His research has been supported by major grants from the Economic and Social Research Council, the Medical Research Council, the New Dynamics of Ageing programme, the Irish Research Council, and The Atlantic Philanthropies. His most recent book is Social Exclusion in Ageing Societies: Interdisciplinary and Policy Perspectives (co-edited with Kieran Walsh, Sofie van Regenmortel and Anna Wanka., Springer Nature, 2021).

9.45-10.30am: Transforming Homes – Adaptable Spaces for Healthy Place

Chair: Jeremy Porteus

Jeremy was formerly National Lead for Housing at the Department of Health responsible for the Extra Care Housing Fund and the Prevention Technology Grant programme.

After leaving the Department, he founded the independent Housing LIN (Learning and Improvement Network) ten years ago, bringing together over 25,000 housing, health and social care practitioners in England, Wales and Scotland to identify and showcase innovative housing and technology enabled solutions for an ageing population.

The Housing LIN’s free knowledge and information sharing activities, along with its consultancy business, provide market insight and intelligence on latest funding, research, policy and practice to inspire better housing and care choices.

Jeremy is Inquiry Secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People Inquiry on housing and dementia (2020-2021). He was author of the influential ‘care ready’ HAPP12 (2012), HAPPI3 (2016) and HAPPI4 (2018) reports for the same APPG. He also co-authored RIBA’s publication: Age Friendly Housing: Future design for older people (2018).

Jeremy sat as judge on the Government’s Homes for 2030 Board and is a member of Innovate UK’s Healthy Ageing Advisory Board. He is also vice-chair of the Housing & Ageing Alliance.

David Orr

David is a hugely experienced leader in both Executive and Non- Executive roles. He has over 30 years experience in Chief Executive roles, most recently at the National Housing Federation, having previously been Chief Executive of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and of Newlon Housing Trust.

In Non-Executive roles David is Chair of The Good Home Inquiry. He is Chair of Clarion HA Board, Chair of ReSI Housing and a board member of Clanmil HA and the National Communities Resource Centre. He is a previous President of Housing Europe and previous Chair of Reall, an international housing development charity. David is also co-Chair of #Housing 2030, a joint Housing Europe and UNECE study on affordable housing in the UNECE region and was a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Housing, Church and Community Commission.

David is widely regarded as a compelling and inspiring public speaker focusing on the challenge of optimistic leadership and the critical importance of great governance. He has huge media experience, is a well-regarded commentator and blogger and has extensive expertise navigating the sometimes opaque world of politics and government.

In June 2018 David was awarded a CBE.

Erin Walsh

Erin leads the Built Environment Directorate at Connected Places Catapult focusing on housing innovation, urban infrastructure and net zero place-making. She has over 17 years’ experience and expertise in planning, housing, urban regeneration, masterplanning and construction in the UK, India, Ireland and Jamaica. She has led on strategic projects like the Innovation and Digitisation Strategy for the Belfast Region City Deal; and the Homes for Healthy Ageing Living Lab Programme. She is an Advisory Board Member of Public Practice, and has an MA in Urban and Regional Planning, University College Dublin; and an EMBA from Bayes Business School, London. 

Vikki McCall

Dr McCall is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Housing and Deputy Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling. Her work has included extensive research on housing and ageing, focusing on the role of front-line workers, service users, volunteers and the policy process. 

Naomi Kingsley

Naomi founded London Rebuilding Society (LRS) in 2000 after a year in the US on a Harkness Fellowship.  She has led the Society since, creating an exemplary reputation in the industry. LRS is a mutual and social enterprise focussed on social impact.  In particular for older homeowners living in rundown homes, excluded from mainstream finance, and struggling to secure the means to improve their homes to live longer happier healthier lives remaining in their own home.

Naomi has more than 30 years innovating, designing, and delivering solutions to address market failures and social need.  She has operated at Executive, Director and Board level across public, private and third sectors.

She is the designer and lead for Healthy Homes, Healthy Lives Stage 2 Project Collaboration, one of only five funded by Innovate UK under the Healthy Ageing Industrial Challenge Trailblazer programme.

11-11.50am: Shifting Paradigms – How can investing with purpose be profitable

Chair: Nathan Elstub

Nathan chairs Nesta’s Impact Investment Committee with lead responsibility for governance of Nesta’s direct investment activity. He also supports Nesta with strategic investment projects. Nathan has been involved in venture capital and private equity investment in high growth businesses for nearly 30 years and has successfully backed companies across a wide range of sectors and from startups to buy-outs.

Mary Bright

Mary is specialist policy adviser to Andy Briggs, the Government’s Business Champion for both the Industrial Strategy Age Grand Challenge and for Older Workers. Mary has worked extensively with business, third sector and policy makers on issues relating to our Ageing Society. In 2018 she was appointed by the Women and Equalities Select Committee as a specialist adviser to their enquiry into age discrimination at work.

Mary has also worked for more than 20 years in financial services, specifically the pensions industry. This means she understands the economics and importance of both preparing for and celebrating our increasing longevity.

Trudie Fell

Trudie is an entrepreneur, technologist and people-focused leader. She is the CEO and Co-founder of award-winning start-up BelleVie, a company that supports people to thrive at home. BelleVie are reinventing the future of at-home care work, with a radically different team-based operating model, underpinned by bespoke technology and funded by monthly subscriptions.

Sanjay Lobo

Sanjay Lobo is the founder of onHand, the impact app. onHand was best app at the 2021 Social Care Awards, named “Uber for Volunteering” in IBM's AgeTech 2020 white-paper and is TechRound's #1 Tech for Good Company 2021. onHand helps businesses and individuals take action on the issues that matter. From climate action by planting company forests, to engaging teams in local good, through eco clean-ups, help for elderly & isolated neighbours to homeless food drops and youth mentoring. To date, the app has delivered 10's of 1000’s of help missions across the UK, planted 100's of company forests for corporate partners in high impact regions around the world and has been featured by BBC One, the Metro and the HuffPost to name a few.

Prior to onHand, Sanjay spent 20 years working in high growth tech companies, most notably as part of the exec team at, one of the UK’s first tech unicorns. He is the 2020 Great British Entrepreneur for Good award winner.

11-11.50am: New Models – What can disruptors like Netflix teach Healthy Ageing?

Chair: Ella Goldner

Ella is the Co-Founder and General Manager of Zinc - a Mission-based Venture Builder.

Zinc helps entrepreneurs build new commercial, scalable, tech companies that tackle the biggest social challenges in the developed world.

She also founded Alma Angels - a network of angel investors committed to supporting female founders.

In 2013 Ella co-founded NewCo UK, an innovation event that provides a behind-the-curtain-view into the most exciting, innovative and mission-led organisations in the UK. As a marketing strategist, Ella worked with leading global brands such as Unilever, Wimbledon and EY.

In 2019 Ella was awarded the CEO award at the London Business Awards, and was chosen as one of London Business School Changemakers.

Ella is a London Business School alumna and studied engineering in Tel Aviv. In her past she also operated drones

Eileen Burbidge

Eileen Burbidge is a Partner at Passion Capital, the leading early-stage technology venture fund based in London. She brings extensive operational experience to her investment activities gleaned from business and product roles at Yahoo!, Skype, Apple and elsewhere. On behalf of Passion, Eileen serves as investor director on a number of fast growing companies including Monzo Bank, Digital Shadows, Marshmallow, Fertifa and Butternut Box, among others.

In addition to Passion Capital, Eileen is also the UK Treasury’s Special Envoy for FinTech appointed by the Chancellor; Tech Ambassador for the Mayor of London’s office and served on former UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s Business Advisory Group as well as Chair of Tech Nation for 5 years. Eileen is also a member of the board of Dixons Carphone, the FTSE 250-listed consumer electronics retailer. She was made an MBE for services to Business in June 2015.

Alan Hunter

Alan Hunter is the co-founder of HBM Advisory, a new digital media strategy consultancy which specialises in helping publishers make the most of their online content. 

Previously, Alan served as Head of Digital at The Times and The Sunday Times for seven years from 2013. He was responsible for the titles’ journalistic output online and also led their digital transformation as they moved to a subscription-first model. Subscriptions more than doubled – to 366,000 – during his time as Head of Digital.

Prior to assuming his role in digital, Alan was Executive Managing Editor of the titles, primarily responsible for the Sunday Times budget and personnel issues. Before that he held senior roles on the Sunday title, ranging from News Review Editor to Deputy Sports Editor.

A graduate of Oxford University, Alan has undertaken professional education at Ashridge Business School (strategy and finance) and Stanford University (design thinking).

David Huang

Dr David Huang is a Co-founder of Bia Care, a VC-backed virtual menopause clinic delivering group-based, multidisciplinary care. David is an NHS Clinical Entrepreneur and medical doctor. He trained at Chelsea & Westminster and the Royal Brompton Hospitals, previously setting up NHS telemedicine services in UK prisons. He is passionate about improving access to evidence-based care through creative partnerships and business models.

Bia Care works with the NHS, private providers and employers to deliver menopause services, and collaborates with Imperial College London on academic research. Bia was founded as part of Zinc VC's company incubator programme to address healthy ageing. Investors include Kamet Ventures and Atomico Angels.

11-11.50am: Revolutionising times – Innovating to support an ageing workforce

Chair: Yvonne Sonsino

My current focus is on the organisational implications of macro trends such as increasing longevity, 4IR future of work scenarios and sustaining a truly inclusive workforce. Mercer’s Next Stage platform examines the coalescence of living and working longer, and how organisations can harness the longevity dividend as we move into an increasingly digital age. Multigenerational fairness plays a big part here.

I co-chaired the UK Govt. Department for Work and Pensions Fuller Working Lives Business Strategy Group, working with employers to recruit, retain and retrain older workers, which published its policy document in 2017. My first book, The New Rules of Living Longer, was published in November 2015, with a foreword from the UK Pensions Minister. I am an advisor to the Healthy Ageing challenge fund and currently working on a global dialogue series called ‘Redesigning Retirement for the 100 year life’ with the World Economic Forum.

I have worked in senior HR and HR Consulting roles for 30 years, living in the Middle East and Europe and working with global organisations on strategic HR and people programme design. I hold Masters Degrees in Psychology and Business Research and I am a Fellow of The Pensions Management Institute, previously an author of their International Diploma syllabus. I am a Director in the creative arts education sector and am trained in advanced design thinking methodology.

Linda McKie

Linda is Dean and Head of School of the School of Social and Political Sciences and Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to joining Edinburgh in 2017, Linda was Head of the School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University where she also held the role of Director of Research prior to that. In 2004 Linda was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and she has chaired grant award panels for a range of UK and EU funding bodies including the Academy of Finland, ESRC and EU COST. Linda is currently Principal Investigator on the UKRI, Healthy Ageing Programme Grant on Healthier Working Lives and Ageing for Workers in the Care Sector: Developing Careers, enhancing Continuity, Promoting Wellbeing and is also working with the Advanced Care Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh on transitions in care. Linda is also a Co-Investigator on the project Beyond 10,000 Steps, led by University of Edinburgh Business School which seeks to understand ways in which health needs can be addressed to enable productive later-life employment. This project is also funded as part of the UKRI Healthy Ageing programme.

Alistair McQueen

Alistair McQueen is head of savings and retirement at Aviva – the UK’s largest and the world’s oldest insurer, found in 1696. Alistair leads Aviva’s pensions business, helping six million people save for and live in retirement. Alistair represents Aviva in the media and with government. He is also a member of the Association of British Insurers’ retirement working group; the Money and Pensions Service long-term savings challenge group; the Department for Work & Pensions Mid-life-MOT board; the Business in the Community Age Leadership Team; the International Longevity Centre’s strategic advisory board; and sits on the advisory board of Bravestarts – a social enterprise with the goal of supporting a fuller working life.

Natasha Openheim

Natasha leads Experients, which helps organisations become Age-Positive workplaces through HR and D&I advice along with experienced staffing. Experients is the sister brand of No Desire To Retire, the UK’s first advice and advocacy site for the over 50s looking to get back in the workforce with over 30,000 members over 50.  Natasha is an established press and radio commentator on the Future of Work as requiring a multi-generational solution and the recipient of an Eisenhower Fellowship for Innovation in the Future of Work.  

Wendy Loretto

Wendy is Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Dean at the University of Edinburgh Business School. She has previously held several leadership roles in the School, including Director of Research and Director of Undergraduate Programmes. Her main research field is age and employment, with a particular focus on changes in employees’ and employers’ attitudes and practices in extending working lives. She is especially interested in the ways in which gender, age and health interact to affect work and retirement experiences amongst older men and women across Europe.  Her work has received funding from research councils, industry partners, government and EU and is published widely in leading academic journals. She is on the Boards of Edinburgh Innovation and Standard Life Foundation, and was a member of the UKRI Equality, Diversity and Inclusion external Advisory Group.


12-12.45pm: All's well that ages well

Chair: George MacGinnis

George MacGinnis leads the £98 million Healthy Ageing Challenge, a research and innovation programme supporting the UK Government’s commitment to ensure that people can enjoy at least 5 extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035. His background in health and care innovation includes recent work on the future capacity needs for a reformed health and social care system in the Republic of Ireland, a review of the impact on the NHS of the Small Business Research Initiative in Healthcare and a landscape review of the MedTech sector for the Academic Health Science Networks. For several years he led the user group for the Personal Connected Health Alliance, a global industry collaboration to enable a consumer-friendly market for digital wellness and health services through the development of standards and accreditation.

Alana Officer

Alana Officer is the Unit Head, Demographic Change and Healthy Ageing, World Health Organization. In this role she leads WHO's multisectoral and multi-stakeholder collaboration to improve the social and physical environments that are responsive to demographic change and foster healthy ageing. This includes coordinating the: Global Network for Age-friendly cities and communities, the Global Campaign to Combat Ageism and the Decade of Healthy Ageing.

Andrew Scott

Andrew J. Scott is Professor of Economics at London Business School having previously held positions at Oxford University, London School of Economics and Harvard University. His work focuses on the economics of longevity and he is the co-author of “The 100 Year Life” and “The New Long Life”. He was Managing Editor for the Royal Economic Society’s Economic Journal and Non-Executive Director for the UK’s Financial Services Authority 2009-2013. He is currently on the advisory board of the UK’s Office for Budget Responsibility, the Cabinet Office Honours Committee (Science and Technology), co-founder of The Longevity Forum, a member of the WEF council on Healthy Ageing and Longevity and a consulting scholar at Stanford University’s Center on Longevity. Andrew is also the recipient of an ESRC grant for researching the economic longevity dividend.

Dr. John Eu-Li Wong

Professor John Eu-Li Wong, Isabel Chan Professor in Medical Sciences, is currently Senior Vice President (Health Innovation and Translation), National University of Singapore (NUS) and Senior Advisor, National University Health System. A medical oncologist-haematologist, Professor Wong graduated from NUS and did his residency and fellowship at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, where he was the Chief Resident in Medicine, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is Co-Chair of a United States of America National Academy of Medicine Commission developing a “Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity”, a Council Member, M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, a founding Member of the Association of Academic Health Centers - International, and on the Steering Committee of the Global Genomic Medicine Collaborative. He sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Board of Directors, Sidra Medicine. He was awarded the Degree of Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a Fellow, Academy of Medicine Singapore, the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh and London, and the American College of Physicians. He was elected as an international member of the United States of America National Academy of Medicine in 2019.

Day Two


9.45-10.30am: Innovating for Success – Putting lived experience at the heart of innovation

Chair: Lynne Corner

Professor Lynne Corner is a gerontologist and Director of VOICE at the UK National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA). VOICE is an international organisation established to harness the immense experience, skills and insights of the public, of all ages and backgrounds, including older people with dementia. Members work with research and business to identify consumer unmet needs, priorities and aspirations and co-design and co-develop products and services that are needed to support people leaving with dementia and their families. Lynne has a particular interest in horizon scanning for innovation, inter-generational relationships, and the use of artificial intelligence and data. NICA and VOICE work with businesses from all sectors to help develop their strategies for capitalising on the immense commercial opportunities for growth from global population aging. She established the Int Dementia Knowledge Exchange and innovation Hub and is a Trustee of the Lewy Body Dementia Society.

Ali Fawkes

Ali is a Social Innovation Consultant at Humanly, an award-winning design studio specialising in human-centred design for social impact.

She has experience in delivering a wide range of human-centred design projects, including designing future services and support for people living with cancer; exploring how we might use technology to enable people with dementia to live independently; and several projects that aim to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities.

Ali is an expert communicator who specialises in designing creative and inclusive approaches to research, co-creation and prototyping. She is fascinated by human behaviour and how things work, and is constantly inquisitive.

A born maker, she loves creating tangible artefacts to provoke conversations, explore ideas and test solutions.

Victoria McMann

Winner of the UK’s Charity and Social Enterprise Leader award in November 2019, Victoria McMann, is passionate about improving the lives of others and making a difference in local communities. Victoria, who is an ambitious and values-driven social leader and entrepreneur has over ten years’ experience providing strategic and operational support to charities. After working as a social leader in extremely challenging environments, Victoria decided to set up Unforgettable Experiences, which aims to support older people with dementia and their careers to access arts, cultural and heritage activities in the North East of England and Third Sector Specialists, which aims to provide leadership and strategic support to not-for-profit organizations to support them to develop services, deliver efficiencies and drive future sustainability in the North East’s voluntary and community sector. As Interim CEO of The Key, Victoria helped to inspire belief in over 4000 young people who have developed 929 of their very own unique project ideas to build their confidence and skills. Prior to The Key, Victoria secured over £2m income to develop new and delivery existing services to support over 10,000 older people living in South Tyneside to make the most out of later life. In April 2011, Victoria established the UK’s first voluntary-led marketing and communications agency providing low cost support to assist not-for-profit organizations providing marketing and communications expertise to over 45 charities and social enterprises. Victoria is a qualified Chartered Marketer with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), has a post graduate diploma in marketing, an NVQ Level 6 in leadership and management and a degree in media production. In her spare time, Victoria acts as a Director/Trustee on other nonprofit boards, enjoys the arts, swimming and spending quality time with her family.

Rashmi Kumar

Rashmi is a member of VOICE, an international citizen involvement network and organisation based at the UK’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing. For the past 5+ years Rashmi has contributed to many research and innovation projects and initiatives from a public perspective, most recently commenting on improvements and management of health and social care services for patients with multiple long-term conditions and symptoms. He has worked with many VCSE organisations for past 20+ years, as a volunteer, and is currently a Trustee of a large Network involving 50+ Patient and Public Participation Groups (PPGs).

Rashmi is a Carer for his mother living with multiple long-term conditions. These experiences have helped him to understand some key physical, psychological and social challenges patients (and their families) face in their lives every day and in Primary Care.

Sue Underwood

Sue has been a member of VOICE for 4 years, an international citizen involvement network and organisation based at the UK’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing, and has participated in a number of PPI initiatives during this time. Sue is passionate about partnerships and the need to help reduce the inequalities present in our society.

Sue describes herself as having been incredibly lucky during her career, with fascinating jobs in the Cultural sector - working as CEO of cultural organisations both in the UK and abroad.  Alongside her day job she also served as a Trustee on a number of cultural and economic bodies, both nationally and regionally. Since retiring, Sue is a hands-on Grannie, regularly looking after her 6 grandchildren.  She is a volunteer for two different charities and Trustee of a grant giving trust.

9.45-10.30am: Emerging Models – Leading the way in social impact funding

Chair: Mark Norbury

Mark is Chief Executive of UnLtd, the UK’s foundation for social entrepreneurs, encompassing the £150 million Millennium Awards Trust. UnLtd finds, funds and supports hundreds of social innovators and leaders every year as they start up and scale up to tackle major social issues, such as unemployment, loneliness, racism or poverty. Last year, UnLtd made grants of £13M to over 650 social entrepreneurs, whose efforts improved the lives of over 500,000 people in the UK.

Mark has 25 years’ experience in the charity and social enterprise sectors, including being CEO of Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust’s charity, CW+, a Partner at Leaders’ Quest and directing the Global Executive MBA at INSEAD. Mark co-founded INSEAD’s Social Innovation Centre.

Mark sits on the board of HM Government’s Inclusive Economy Partnership, is a member of the Impact Investing Institute’s Advisory Council and is outgoing Chair of the RGS Foundation.

Alex Ramamurthy

Alex is Co-Founder and CEO at Mirthy, a VC backed platform for lifelong learning and social connection for over-60s. Alex is also Chairman of Care Innovation Hub, an accelerator programme for the care sector, and was previously CEO at The Care Workers Charity. Alex is driven to solve big problems in the ageing space.

Liz Dennis

It was during the latter stages of her doctoral research, which investigated the use of music in the lives of people with dementia, that Liz, along with co-director Libby Price, founded The Filo Project, a Community Interest Company which provides small group day care for people with early to moderate dementia. Now in its 8th year, The Filo Project is an innovative model supporting both private and local authority funded clients in the South West. Its focus on collaborative and sociable social care makes an enduring difference to the wellbeing of its clients, and their carers, who live in the community and are struggling with both dementia and social isolation.

Laura Alexander

9.45-10.30am: New Experiences – Opening up possibilities in ageing via creative industries

Chair: Andrew Chitty
Shaun Allen

Shaun has been a digital creative for over 35 years and has 12 years experience in the VR industry he founded Vector76 in 2008 one of the UK's very first 100% virtual reality companies. He was a founding member of the VRTGO Lab the UK’s first VR incubator space based in Gateshead, he then consulted on the design Proto Europe's first purpose built emerging technology centre also based in Gateshead’s digital quarter.

He speaks regularly at a number of events such as Thinking Digital Workshops, Digital Leaders Network and Northumbrian Water Group Innovation Festival along with visiting lecture talks at Northumbria University, Newcastle College and Sunderland University.

In addition to working with enterprise clients across all sectors his public facing projects have included Rocket Reimagined, an immersive VR journey featuring Stephensons Rocket for the Great Exhibition of the North.

In 2019 he collaborated with Gateshead Council to bring the British Airways commissioned FLY immersive experience by immersive artist Charlotte Mikelborg from the Saatchi Gallery Londonto Proto in Gateshead.

Current personal projects include creative and technical consultation with location based entertainment XR startup, Hollow Corp and collaboration on a mixed-reality contemporary dance production scheduled for 2022.

Hannah Bradwell

Dr Hannah Bradwell is currently a research fellow at the University of Plymouth, working on the GOALD (Generating Older Active Lives Digitally) project and the EPIC project (eHealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall). Both projects explore the co-design, development, testing and impact of digital health technologies in health and social care, with Hannah’s role focussing specifically on the use of health technologies for older adults, care home residents and people with dementia. The projects involve working with businesses (SME’s), and supporting them to engage end-users and stakeholders in design and testing of digital products. One example of work underway a present has been the facilitation of business-to-business work to capture heritage sites and areas of cultural interest using 3D scanning, work with creative digital arts companies on 3D modelling and visualising these sites for virtual reality, then testing the use of these immersive heritage experiences as wellbeing interventions for older adults

Sarah Campbell

11-11.50am: Innovative Solutions – Addressing inequalities in health and care

Chair: Nuzhat Ali

Nuzhat is a strategic health sector leader, spanning over 25 years. She currently leads a national health improvement portfolio in the new Office for Health Improvement and Disparities at the Dept for Health and Social care.

Nuzhat began her career in the NHS as a front-line clinician, nearly 30 years ago. She has since worked across various health sector settings locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, in leadership roles, and also in academia. A previous role in Public Health England was leading the Older adults and Ageing Well portfolio, where she increased the profile of work on people aged 50+.

She is passionate about diversity, ‘inclusion’ and advocating for intersectionality. She was awarded the inaugural Civil Service Championing Faith and Belief Inclusion Award in October 2019.

She is dedicated to engaging with and mobilising communities and stakeholders to tackle the persistent causes of inequalities through her work in Government and in her multiple voluntary roles externally.

Nuzhat is a Trustee with Ageing Better, a Chair and Founder of a London based minority women’s voluntary group, which aims to engage and connect with ‘seldom heard’ local women to encourage participation in civic activity and develop resilience.

Rebecca Love

Dr Rebecca Love is a behavioural epidemiologist and co-founder of Vira Health, a London-based digital health company focused on relief for the central pain points of menopause. Her PhD at the University of Cambridge examined inequalities in physical activity and childhood obesity across global contexts. She has worked as a health consultant for the WHO, UNICEF and the Mayor of London.

Emma Stone

Emma is Director of Evidence and Engagement at Good Things Foundation. Good Things Foundation is the UK’s leading digital inclusion charity. Working with partners, we deliver programmes to improve digital access, skills and confidence, so people can live well and safely in a digital world. We support a diverse UK network of hyperlocal community organisations, and we advocate for change to fix the digital divide and end data poverty. Before joining Good Things in 2018, Emma worked at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation where she led the Policy and Research department, overseeing programmes on poverty, place, and an ageing society.

Laia Bécares

Laia is a Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of the Centre for Innovation and Research in Wellbeing at the University of Sussex. Her research interests are in studying the pathways by which the discrimination and marginalisation of people and places lead to social and health inequalities across the life course, with a specific focus on racism and heteronormativity as systems of oppression.

Veena Raleigh

Veena is an epidemiologist with extensive research experience and publications in public health, health inequalities, ethnic minority health issues, quality of care and patient experience. She joined the King's Fund in 2009 to work on information and quality measurement issues. Her recent publications for The Fund include a BMJ editorial on Covid-19 deaths, two overviews on Covid-19 mortality and ethnic minority health, and a report jointly with OECD Is Cardiovascular Disease Slowing Improvements in Life Expectancy?. Before joining the Fund Veena spent 8 years at the Healthcare Commission as a Fellow in Information Policy and was a Reader at the Postgraduate Medical School, University of Surrey. Veena has also worked for international agencies on health and population issues in developing countries, and on international health care quality measurement projects with the Commonwealth Fund and the OECD. Veena was awarded a Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health in 2005, and a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Medicine in 2007.

11-11.50am: Reimagining Places – Creating a happy High Street for all

Chair: Pam Smith

Pam Smith is the Chief Executive of Stockport Council. Pam was previously Chief Executive at Burnley Council and has worked across a number of Greater Manchester [GM] authorities.  She has also worked for the Audit Commission.

Pam is Greater Manchester’s Lead Chief Executive for ‘Age Friendly Greater Manchester’ and the Equalities portfolio, which includes the GM Women and Girl’s Equality panel which aims to accelerate gender equality across Greater Manchester’s ten boroughs to enable women and girls to live their best lives through equal opportunities.

With Climate Change and environment sustainability a key worldwide priority, Pam is delighted to be the Lead Chief Executive for the GM Green City Region.  She is also the SOLACE lead spokesperson for Housing.

Pam’s main passion is to build strong teams, which have residents at the heart of everything the council does. Her focus is to ensure Stockport continues to be a success regionally, nationally and internationally.

A key driver for Pam is for residents to embrace new ways to seek advice, guidance and support from the council. Stockport is taking an innovative approach to creating new and better online services by ensuring residents are involved in the design process and have access to digital skills training.

Pam is proud to be working as part of GM and the GM Mayor’s office to establish the first Mayoral Development Corporation of its kind; driving the creation of a new urban village of up to 3,000 new homes and supporting social infrastructure – making Stockport a destination of choice to live, work, play and connect.

Professor Leigh Sparks

Professor Leigh Sparks is Deputy Principal (Education and Students) and Professor of Retail Studies at the University of Stirling. He was a geography undergraduate at the University of Cambridge and completed his Ph.D. (on retail employment) at the University of Wales.  Leigh is Board Chair of Scotland's Towns Partnership (2013-date), was a member of the External Advisory Group on the Scottish Government’s National Town Centre Review (2012-2013) and on the Expert Advisory Group advising the Scottish Government on the lessons to be learned from the Horsemeat Scandal (2013). During 2020, Leigh was a member of the Scottish Government’s Social Renewal Advisory Board, the report from which (If Not Now When?) was published in January 2021, and Chaired the review of the Town Centre Action Plan for the Scottish Government, the report from which (A New Future for Scotland’s Towns) was published in February 2021. He is currently a workstream leader on the Scottish Government’s Ministerial Retail Strategy Group. Leigh runs a blog on retail matters (

Vinita Dhume

Vinita Dhume is an Associate Director at Levitt Bernstein and has nearly two decades of experience in mixed-use residential masterplanning projects. Before joining the practice, she lived in South Africa, where she worked on several infrastructure-led projects for the city of Cape Town and public realm projects funded by the Mayor.

She has developed several town-centre commissions and complex regeneration schemes, including the Aberfeldy Estate in Tower Hamlets; Eastfields Estate in Merton; the Brentwood Town Centre Design Plan and Design Guide in Essex; and the Rochdale Estates Frameworks and Town Centre SPD in greater Manchester. She also plays a key role in stakeholder and community engagement throughout the life of the projects.

She is driven and committed to creating good placemaking and promotes this through research, speaking at various organisations including the NLA, UDG and UDL, and by sitting on several Design Review Panels in boroughs where she has successfully delivered projects. She is also a built environment expert for Design Council.

11-11.50am: Fintech/Finance for Everyone - Ageing and Inclusivity in Financial Services

Chair: Colum Lowe

Colum is a senior design leader with a significant track record of developing inclusive products and services in the private, public and charitable sectors. He has been Head of Design at a range of organisations, including the NHS National Patient Safety Agency, the Ministry of Justice and Sainsbury’s Homebase. He has worked closely throughout his career with marginalised user groups, including those with age-related physical and mental frailty. His experience includes running the design firms Crabtree Hall and CaulderMoore, as well as his own consultancy and founding the Independent Safeguarding Service CIC. Colum also spent 15 years helping the Design Council to develop and deliver its flagship design intervention programme, Designing Demand. He holds an MBA in Design Management from the University of Westminster and originally trained as a product designer at Chelsea School of Art.

George Lee

George Lee is a highly respected disrupter and innovator in the age space, leading the way in showing how cross generational innovation is central to social and economic impact. With a design career spanning over 25 years she has been responsible for multi award winning design campaigns around the world. She was voted by Creative Review as one of the top 50 Creative Leaders in the world.

In 2020 she set up specialist consultancy, The Commonland, to help businesses understand the outdated and economically limiting conventions of age and how to innovate products and services which work well and delight all ages. Before that she was co-founder of the pioneering social enterprise, The Age of No Retirement, championing a society where age doesn't define people.

In 2021 she was appointed Community Lead for the Design Institute where she launched This Age Thing, a diverse and collaborative age innovation community from all sectors. In early 2022 she will be launching a new podcast series called Age on Trial. What has Age Got To Do With It?

She is on the BSI working group looking into age inclusive standards, the ISO working group on intergenerational workforces and a Trustee of the Do It Foundation, a social enterprise whose technology helps people to do good, feel healthier and happier.

Andy Stuart-William

Andy Stuart-William is Head of Product & Communications at Curtis Banks a Self Invested Personal Pension Provider. Andy has over 30 years Financial service experience in a wide range of roles within various functions including Product, Sales and Marketing and Conduct Risk. He’s developed a huge variety of products and propositions mainly with an older customer group in mind. These include Banks, Fin Tech, Products, Offshore Bonds, ESG and mass market advice propositions. He’s a passionate customer champion and believes that their considerations should be at the heart of any activity.

Julia Glenn

Julia began her career as a software engineer in investment banking, progressing to Vice President, Equities Technologies at Credit Suisse before moving to the New Business division to set up new trading services bank-wide. Julia’s career then transitioned to social purpose business start-up and was recognised as the University of East Anglia’s Graduate of Global Distinction (2018) for her award-winning efforts in humanitarian engineering and contribution to services for people with cognitive impairment. Julia is a director trustee for Citizens Advice (CADAT) and an associate tutor for the UEA (lecturing in finance and information systems) and is a member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers ( – Advancing Technology for Humanity)


12-12.45pm: Local to Global – Aspiration or realistic?

Chair: Dr Jane Barratt

Jane M Barratt, Ph.D. is the Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing (IFA) an international non-government organisation with general consultative status with the United Nations and its agencies including formal relations with the World Health Organisation (WHO). 

Representing over 75 million older people through the membership of the IFA, Jane has direct responsibility for the corporation’s global operational performance including leadership at the United Nations and the WHO.

Among her many current positions Jane is a Member of Vision Academy, Member of the Global Agenda Council, World Economic Forum, Director, Baycrest Health Sciences and Chair of the Education Advisory Committee, Associate Scientist, Sinai Health System, Member, Global Committee for the DR Barometer Program, and Member of the International Council for Adult Immunisation, and Immunization Policy Task, World Federation Public Health Association, and Member Scientific Board, Institute of Vaccinology, Hacettepe University.

Jean Accius

Dr. Jean Accius is a passionate champion and catalyst for changing how the world sees and values aging. He is an internationally recognized thought leader on aging, longevity, equity, health systems transformation and modernizing the delivery and financing of long-term care. As Senior Vice President of Global Thought Leadership at AARP, he leads a team in positioning AARP as a global thought leader by identifying emerging trends around the world, cultivating and elevating new ideas, forging global strategic alliances that become the foundation for collaboration and sparking bold solutions to change systems and improve the lives of the global population as it ages.

Dr. Accius has authored numerous reports & been quoted in several media outlets, including the New York Times, TIME Magazine, Reuters, Politico, and USA Today. He has been recognized by the National Academy of Social Insurance, Gerontological Society of America, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Black Enterprise magazine, & the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund. Dr. Accius is committed to service & serves on a variety of boards including Justice in Aging, the American Society on Aging, & Leadership Maryland. Dr. Accius holds a Ph.D. in public administration from American University & is a graduate of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health program on health reform and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Corporate Innovation program.

Klaus Niederländer

Klaus Niederländer is currently the Director of the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Association, an international public-public partnership of national and regional Health, Innovation & Research Ministries/Funding Agencies from 19 countries (mainly in Europe plus North America and Asia). This support programme focuses on active & healthy ageing with support of digital-based solutions.

Mr Klaus Niederlander has 25 years of work experience in dealing with socio-economic transformation issues, such as SME development in Sub-Saharan Africa or the spreading of cooperative enterprise models in various sectors in Europe, e.g. for locally owned renewable energy production, healthcare and education. Since 2016 his work focuses on demographic change challenges and opportunities through ageing well based on autonomy, self-help and solidarity.

With a double bachelor’s degree in European Business in Germany and the UK and a master’s degree in European Economics from the College of Europe in Belgium, Mr. Niederlander started his professional career in 1995 in investment banking and in management consulting for the pharmaceutical/chemical/logistics industry as well as for city development. When moving to Brussels in 2002, he joined an EU-ACP agency for private sector development as programme manager before becoming Director of Cooperatives Europe, the pan-European cooperative enterprise association. He eventually was appointed Director of the AAL Association in 2017.

Mike Short

Dr Mike Short CBE, after 30 years in telecommunications with Telefonica, joined the Department for International Trade as the Department’s first Chief Scientific Adviser in December 2017. Mike leads the science and engineering profession in the department and ensures its policy is informed by the best science, engineering and technical advice. He advises on the technical aspects of future trade deals as DIT looks to create new arrangements following Brexit, and works with the UK’s research, development and academic communities to boost scientific and engineering exports.

Mike has over 40 years’ experience in electronics and telecommunications and served as Vice President of Telefonica, the parent company of the 02 mobile phone network, for 17 years to December 2016. In this post, he managed the launch of 2G (GSM) and 3G mobile technologies in the UK and led research and development for Telefonica Europe. His career also includes the promotion of international technical standards in mobile technology, and he is also a former Chairman of the Global GSM Association, the UK Mobile Data Association, and President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). He was honoured with a CBE in 2012 for his services to the mobile industry.

Grace Chan

Ms Grace Chan has worked in the social welfare arena for over 25 years. She is the Business Director of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS), and also serves as a member of Board of Directors and the International Vice President of the International Federation on Ageing.

Ms Chan was invited as a member of the Strategic Advisory Group for the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities in 2013. She is a former member of the Elderly Commission, and also sits on some committees and boards in the statutory bodies of Hong Kong. Her areas of expertise include long-term care, age-friendly cities and communities, elderly participation, lifelong learning, and innovation and technology for ageing.

In 2019, she was awarded as Ageing Asia Global Ageing Influencer, in honouring the outstanding achievements of the most influential leader impacting ageing in the Asia Pacific.