By 2030, there will be over 20 million older people in the UK
Dr Brian Beach (Senior Research Fellow)
Brian joined the ILC-UK in June 2013. In this role, he has conducted research on a range of topics related to population ageing, such as loneliness, serious illness, and housing, with his main expertise relating to the issues around employment in later life. He has worked on this subject and the changing nature of retirement for over 12 years, and has been an active member on various strategic and advisory groups with universities, the voluntary sector, and government as they examine older people and the world of work. His engagement with Parliament included two appearances in 2017 before Select Committees to provide oral evidence on employment in later life and housing for older people.
Brian received his doctorate in 2016 from the University of Oxford, studying at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, where he explored how the concept of employability plays a role in the labour market behaviour of older workers, in England as well as in different European social policy contexts. Prior to this, he worked in the International Affairs office of AARP in Washington, DC, where he helped organise a number of international dialogues and conferences on issues related to population ageing. His work also included fostering AARP’s on-going collaboration with the United Nations Programme on Ageing, conducting outreach among the diplomatic and research communities.
Prior to his position at AARP, he completed the TransAtlantic Masters Program in Political Science through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and L’Università degli Studi di Siena, Italy. Through this programme, he gained extensive knowledge on European Union institutions, the process of European integration, and European welfare states. He speaks French and Italian, with varying competence in German, Portuguese, and Spanish.
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
Nilan Fernando (Finance Manager)
Nilan joined ILC-UK in August 2018. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant (CIMA, UK & Chartered, Sri Lanka) with EY, Sri Lanka. Following two years with PWC, Zambia, he was given a career development secondment in PWC’s London offices for another two years. He moved on to the SME sector and progressed to Finance Director. Having moved on to the charity sector in 2009, he has an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of charity finance. He can draw from his experience with the big 4 firms of accountants in London, Asia & Africa, a number of private sector companies in London where he worked for companies in various sectors – managing projects funded by the World Bank & those with associate companies in Europe, Asia, Africa & Russia.
Nilan is married with two children. He follows cricket (England & Sri Lanka teams) & plays soft-ball cricket in the common with his two daughters aged 30 & 27 and his son-in-law & any passers-by who wish to join in. For nearly fifteen years he has developed his talents on bereavement counselling. He enjoys taking part in church activities, listening to music, sport & to current affairs programs. He sang in the junior school choir, a talent which he has improved over the years.
Nilan attends events conducted by Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) Voice, a charity connected to the Merton Council and Age UK Merton and is very much a community person.
Lyndsey Gorely (Head of Operations)
Lyndsey joined the ILC-UK in October 2011 as an Administration and Events Assistant. She graduated from the Birmingham School of Acting, formerly the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama, in 2004. Coming from a varied background in theatre, admin and events, she is no stranger to deadlines and organisation.
Lyndsey oversees the ILC’s busy event schedule, managing over 50 ILC-UK events each year including roundtable discussions, small scale seminars and workshops, dinners, lunches and large half-day conferences. She has managed a high profile drinks reception at 10 Downing Street, hosted by Mrs Samantha Cameron, the ILC’s annual ‘Future of Ageing’ conferences.
She is responsible for the smooth running of the ILC-UK office, and works with ILC’s Chief Executive and Director in enuring the organisation’s regulatory obligations are met.
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, 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.
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.
Dan Holden (Senior Research Fellow)
Dan joined the ILC in May 2018. Since joining Dan has worked on projects looking at what ageing means for transport, the economy, social care and wider public services. His work has included presenting at conferences, writing for external publications and leading on, contributing to and conducting research within the ILC’s programme.
Prior to joining the ILC Dan was a research consultant at ComRes, specialising in political and social research, working with clients including the Resolution Foundation, NASUWT, the LGA and the Chartered Institute of Building in conducting large scale quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research projects. Before working at ComRes Dan worked at the Smith Institute as a researcher, contributing to many research projects, the Institute’s events programme and the Institute’s role as secretariat to an All Party Parliamentary Group.
Dan’s analysis has appeared in print and other media forms including for the Guardian, BBC 5 Live, the Independent, the New Statesman and Public Finance magazine.
Dan has an MSc in Government, Policy and Politics from Birkbeck College, University of London and a BA in Hons in Politics from the University of Liverpool.
Kate Jopling (Director of Programmes)
Kate Jopling is Director of Programmes at the ILC and leads the organisation’s research and influencing agenda. Kate has over 15 years’ experience working on ageing and has particular expertise in the fields of loneliness, health and care and equality. Before joining the ILC she worked as a policy and strategy consultant helping a range of voluntary sector organisations to develop and influence policy and practice across the ageing, health and care agenda.
Kate is a former director of the Campaign to End Loneliness, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at the young people’s charity Catch22, and Head of Public Affairs at Help the Aged. While at Help the Aged, her campaigning work to secure a ban on age discrimination in the provision of goods, facilities and services was recognised with five major campaigning awards.
Mateja Malcic (Events and Operations Officer)
Mateja joined ILC-UK in January 2018 as Administrative Assistant.
Mateja studied marketing at the Economics University Zagreb and has worked in event organisation for more than ten years. Previously she worked in an Italian Non- Profit foundation where she worked on prevention projects, collaborating with the majority of Italian schools and worldwide associations specialising in the problematics of troubled youth. She was actively involved in the organisation of a yearly project that saw over 3000 students attending a two-day event.
In 2017 she collaborated with a Non-Profit Organisation based in Brussels that was developing initiatives by bringing together policy makers, scientists and the public, where she managed the logistics for an annual Summit in the European Parliament and round tables during the year.
Lily Parsey (Policy and Communications Officer)
Lily supports the ILC’s policy and external engagement work across all policy areas. She moreover managed the delivery of the Innovating for Ageing Awards, which sought solutions to the problems faced by vulnerable consumers in later life and is currently leading on a global programme on the future of infectious diseases. She sits on the Advisory Board of the Age Action Alliance and was previously the Secretary of the European Nutrition for Health Alliance.
Prior to joining the ILC, Lily completed an interdisciplinary degree combining Political Science, Data Analysis and Languages.
She speaks English, German, French, Spanish and Mandarin to a proficient level. With a keen interest in international affairs, she managed a cross-party summit on the future challenges of the EU in the wake of the financial crisis and Brexit. She has also co-organised two 600-attendee conferences on energy innovation in Africa and the Asia-Pacific region respectively.
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-UK, David worked as Head of Policy at Help the Aged where he led a team of 8 policy advisors. David has also worked for environmental and disability organisations in policy and public affairs functions. His other experience includes working as a VSO volunteer in Romania, in Parliament for a Member of Parliament, and with backbench committees.
David is a retired football referee, is married, and has a 12 year old son. He runs (slowly) and cycles (a little quicker) and once scored a penalty against Peter Shilton.