By 2030, there will be over 20 million older people in the UK
Dr Brian Beach (Senior Research Fellow)
Brian joined the ILC in June 2013. In this role, he has conducted research on a range of topics related to population ageing, such as loneliness, serious illness, and housing, with his main expertise relating to the issues around employment in later life. He has worked on this subject and the changing nature of retirement for over 14 years, and has been an active member on various strategic and advisory groups with universities, the voluntary sector, and government as they examine older people and the world of work. His engagement with Parliament included three appearances before Select Committees since 2017, providing oral evidence on employment in later life and housing for older people.
Brian received his doctorate in 2016 from the University of Oxford, studying at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, where he explored how the concept of employability plays a role in the labour market behaviour of older workers in England and other European social policy contexts. Prior to this, he worked in the International Affairs office of AARP in Washington, DC, where he helped organise a number of international dialogues and conferences on issues related to population ageing. His work also included fostering AARP’s on-going collaboration with the United Nations Programme on Ageing, conducting outreach among the diplomatic and research communities.
Prior to his position at AARP, he completed the TransAtlantic Masters Program in Political Science through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and L’Università degli Studi di Siena, Italy. Through this programme, he gained extensive knowledge on European Union institutions, the process of European integration, and European welfare states. He speaks French and Italian, with varying competence in German, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Sophia Dimitriadis (Research Fellow)
Sophia joined the ILC in May 2019 as a Research Fellow.
She previously worked as a policy and research officer for ASH Wales, working to inform and influence the tobacco control policy agenda in Wales. For this role she produced several research and policy briefings and supported the organisation’s policy events program, particularly in creating and acting as a secretariat to a Cross Party Group.
Before working at ASH Wales, Sophia worked as a social researcher for the Office for National Statistics, where she worked on publishing statistical releases on key health measures. She also contributed to more in-depth research pieces exploring methodology improvements as well as trends in life expectancy and health inequality measures. She is particularly interested in understanding the determinants of health inequalities and the social and economic impact of preventing morbidity in later life.
Sophia has a BSc in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Warwick and an MSc in Economics from the University of Nottingham
Kika De Silva (Accountant)
Kika is an Accountant at ILC
Kika qualified as a Chartered Accountant at PWC Sri Lanka . She also has a BSc (Econ ) Accounting And Financial Management from the University of Buckingham.
She works for a variety of Companies including Pension Funds.
She is married with three children. Enjoys going to the theatre , watching her son play cricket and encouraging her children in their pursuits.
Nilan Fernando (Finance Manager)
Nilan joined ILC-UK in August 2018. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant (CIMA, UK and Chartered, Sri Lanka) with EY, Sri Lanka. Following two years with PWC, Zambia, he was given a career development secondment in PWC’s London offices for another two years. He moved on to the SME sector and progressed to Finance Director. Having moved on to the charity sector in 2009, he has an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of charity finance. He can draw from his experience with the big four firms of Chartered Accountants in London, Asia and Africa, a number of private sector companies in London where he worked for companies in various sectors – managing projects funded by the World Bank and those with associate companies in Europe, Asia, Africa and Russia.
Nilan is married with two children. He follows cricket (England and Sri Lanka teams) and plays soft-ball cricket in the common with his two daughters aged 32 and 28, his son-in-law and any passers-by who wish to join in. For nearly seventeen years he has developed his talents on bereavement counselling. He enjoys taking part in church activities, listening to music, sport and to current affairs programs. He sang in the junior school choir, a talent which he has improved over the years.
Nilan attends events conducted by Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) Voice, a charity connected to the Merton Council and Age UK Merton and is very much a community person.
Lyndsey Gorely (Head of Operations)
Lyndsey joined the ILC in October 2011 as an Administration and Events Assistant. She graduated from the Birmingham School of Acting (formerly the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama) in 2004. Coming from a varied background in theatre, admin and events, she is no stranger to deadlines and organisation.
As Head of Operations, Lyndsey is responsible for the smooth running of the ILC office, and works with ILC’s Chief Executive and Director in ensuring the organisation’s regulatory obligations are met.
She has previously been responsible for ILC’s busy event schedule, managing over 50 ILC events each year including roundtable discussions, small scale seminars and workshops, dinners, lunches and large half-day conferences. She has managed a high profile drinks reception at 10 Downing Street, hosted by Mrs Samantha Cameron and the ILC’s annual ‘Future of Ageing’ conferences.
Baroness Sally Greengross OBE (President / Chief Executive)
Baroness Sally Greengross has been a crossbench (independent) member of the House of Lords since 2000 and Co-Chairs five All-Party Parliamentary Groups: Dementia, Corporate Social Responsibility, Bladder and Bowel Continence Care, Social Care and Ageing and Older People. She is the Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Choice at the End of Life and Longevity, and is Treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Equalities. Sally is also Chair of the cross-party Intergenerational Fairness Forum.
Sally is Chief Executive of the International Longevity Centre – UK; was Co-President of the ILC Global Alliance from 2010-17 and is now their Special Ambassador; and was a Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission from 2006-12.
Baroness Greengross was Director General of Age Concern England from 1987 until 2000. Until 2000, she was joint Chair of the Age Concern Institute of Gerontology at Kings College London, and Secretary General of Eurolink Age. She is an Ambassador for Alzheimer’s Society, SilverLine and HelpAge International.
Baroness Greengross is a Member of several advisory boards including Fujitsu’s Responsible Business Board.
She is President of the Pensions Policy Institute and the Association of Retirement Housing Managers; a Vice President of the Local Government Association and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries.
Sally is Patron of several organisations including the Association of Retirement Community Operators; Care & Repair England; the Ransackers Association; and Age UK Westminster. Sally holds honorary doctorates from nine UK universities.
Her work on ageing has been recognised by the UN Committee on Ageing and she received an outstanding achievement award from the British Society of Gerontology as well a British Geriatric Society Medal. Sally was UK Woman of Europe in 1990 and has been an Ambassador for the Prince of Wales supporting responsible business practice.
Liam Hanson (Communications and Engagement Officer)
Liam joined ILC-UK in September 2020 as Communications and Engagement Officer.
He has previously worked as a Research Executive within the healthcare practice of a public affairs consultancy in Brussels. In this role, he assisted in stakeholder engagement and event organisation on projects aimed at promoting prevention and active ageing through arranging and attending meetings with policymakers as well as through producing regular monitoring reports on macropolitical developments.
Liam has a BA (Hons) from Newcastle University in Government and EU Affairs. Before undertaking this degree, he shadowed a North-West UK MEP in the European Parliament in Brussels, attending and reporting back on committee meetings as well as assisting in distributing invitations for roundtables.
Arunima Himawan (Research Fellow)
Arun joined the ILC in March 2019 as a Research Fellow.
Arun has mainly worked in the charity sector, most recently within higher education at Goldsmiths College and University of East Anglia’s Students’ Unions in policy and research roles working to improve the barriers facing marginalised students. In both roles, she has acted as a policy advisor, influencing internal university policy and has produced a number of in-depth pieces of research on a wide range of topics such as: religion and belief; mental health; and consumer law. Prior to her work at students’ unions, Arun was a Charity Works graduate and also worked for the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative in administrative and project roles working on freedom of information and prison reform. Her research interests are in addressing social determinants of health, particularly on the topics of overweight and obesity, mental health, and inter-generational trauma.
Arun has an MSc from King’s College in Global Health, an MA from the School of Advanced Study in Human Rights, and a BA (hons) from the University of Toronto in Sociology and Ethics.
Redvers Lee (Head of Partnerships and Development)
Redvers Lee leads the development of new partnerships and oversees existing partners at ILC.
Prior to ILC, Redvers worked at the Natural History Museum (NHM) as Corporate Partnerships Manager where he led on developing partnerships for the NHM’s major initiative, The Urban Nature Project, securing over £1m of funding from the corporate sector. He also developed a new programme encouraging young people to engage in science and connect with the natural world. Redvers secured both corporate and individual support and contributed to the sustainability agenda by introducing hydrogen cars to museum’s fleet.
Before working at the Natural History Museum, Redvers led the Corporate Partnerships team at Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG). Here he developed a number of new partnerships, including the first and only sponsor of the Royal Observatory’s prized competition and exhibition, Astronomy Photographer of the Year.
Redvers enjoys boxing and karate. Whilst studying at the University of Bath, he received a bronze medal in the British University Championships karate competition. Other interests include travel, cooking and he is currently taking guitar lessons.
Mateja Malcic (Events Coordinator)
Mateja joined ILC in January 2018 and now works as an Event Coordinator, looking after the logistics and all aspects of event planning for the busy ILC events calendar, from roundtables to seminars and conferences.
Most recently, she has successfully managed the transition to the online delivery of events using a variety of digital tools.
Mateja studied marketing at the Economics University Zagreb and has worked in event organisation for more than ten years.
Previously she worked in an Italian Non-Profit foundation where she worked on prevention projects, collaborating with the majority of Italian schools and worldwide associations specialising in the problematics of troubled youth. She was actively involved in the organisation of an annual project that saw over 3000 students attending a two-day event.
In 2017 she collaborated with a Non-Profit Organisation based in Brussels that was developing initiatives by bringing together policy makers, scientists and the public, where she managed the logistics for an annual Summit in the European Parliament and round tables during the year.
Prof Les Mayhew (Head of Global Research)
Les joined ILC in October 2020 as Head of Global Research and will be working on a range of ILC research projects as well as enhancing our research approach and strategy.
Les is also part-time Professor of Statistics at The Business School (formerly Cass), City University, London, and Managing Director of Mayhew Harper Associates Ltd. His previous experience includes 20 years in the Department of Health and Social Security, the Department of Social Security, HM Treasury and the Office for National Statistics, where he was a director. He is an alumnus of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Vienna, an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, and a member of the Royal Economic Society.
For most of this time he has specialised in demographic ageing, health and social care, social security and pensions. In 2004, he co-authored a book entitled the ‘Economic Impacts of Population Ageing in Japan’ and in 2010 wrote a commissioned report for the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit entitled ‘The Economic Value of Healthy Ageing and Working Longer’. He completed his PhD in 1979 entitled ‘Urban Hospital Location’, which was published by George Allen and Unwin in 1986 and republished in 2018 by Routledge. He has written innovative reports on housing and pensions for the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation and on social care for DEMOS – two leading London-based think tanks as well various other reports for ILC on a range of topics.
His overseas experience includes spells working on projects in Japan (the economics of ageing), China (pensions), Russia (mortality), Italy (hospital location), Ukraine (women’s reproductive health) and Australia (health service planning). He has published numerous peer reviewed articles and is on the editorial board of two academic journals in his field. He is a member of the steering group for a major project funded by the actuarial profession on diabetes and is also a member of the scientific advisory committee for The Leibniz Science Campus Ruhr (LSCR) at the University of Essen focusing on ageing populations. He is avidly concerned about the levels of inequality in society and how improvements in health should be a key part of the policy response.
Lily Parsey (Global Policy and Influencing Manager)
Lily leads ILC’s policy, public affairs and influencing activity in the UK and across the world.
Her work spans all policy areas, from health and care, to intergenerational relations, to vulnerable consumers.
She has a particular interest in the prevention of ill health and has spoken on the topic at a number of conferences, workshops and webinars.
She has been quoted in the media, including in The Guardian, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Oxford among others.
Lily sits on the Advisory Board of the Age Action Alliance and previously managed the Innovating for Ageing Awards.
David Sinclair (Director)
David has worked in policy and research on ageing and demographic change for 15 years.
David has a particular interest in older consumers, active ageing, financial services, adult vaccination, and the role of technology in an ageing society. He has a strong knowledge of UK and global ageing society issues, from healthcare to pensions and from housing to transport.
David has presented on longevity and demographic change across the world (from Stafford to Seoul and Singapore to Stormont). In 2016 David won the Pensions-Net-Work Award for “The most informative speaker 2006-2016”. He is frequently quoted on ageing issues in the national media.
He works as an “expert” for the pan-European Age Platform. He is also a member of the BT Customer Inclusion Leadership Panel.
David the former Vice-Chair of the Government’s Consumer Expert Group for Digital Switchover. For ten years he chaired a London based charity (Open Age) which enables older people to sustain their physical and mental fitness, maintain active lifestyles and develop new and stimulating interests.
Prior to joining the ILC, David worked as Head of Policy at Help the Aged where he led a team of 8 policy advisors. David has also worked for environmental and disability organisations in policy and public affairs functions. His other experience includes working as a VSO volunteer in Romania, in Parliament for a Member of Parliament, and with backbench committees.
David is a retired football referee, is married, and has a 13 year old son. He runs (slowly) and cycles (a little quicker) and once scored a penalty against Peter Shilton.
Twitter handle @sinclairda
Patrick Swain (Research and Projects Officer)
Patrick joined ILC-UK in August 2020 and has previous work experience in public policy and government affairs.
Prior to ILC, Patrick worked as a Research Assistant for the Centre for Entrepreneurs, where he co-authored several research reports including the Global Refugee Entrepreneurship Survey 2019; a worldwide survey that highlighted the social and economic impacts and benefits of providing refugees with tailored business support programmes. He also helped conduct a large-scale analysis of Companies House data to identify the number of new UK businesses created in 2019, helping to inform journalists and policymakers about the UK’s economic output and entrepreneurial activity.
Patrick has a BSc from the University of Surrey in Politics with Creative Writing. During his degree programme, Patrick also completed an industrial placement year with Airbus working as a Public Affairs Assistant. There, he helped the company with its stakeholder engagement work and analysis of public policy, by carrying out meetings with policymakers, drafting policy responses and producing weekly roundups of UK political developments.
Twitter handle @PatrickGSwain