By 2030, there will be over 20 million older people in the UK
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 four All-Party Parliamentary Groups: Dementia, Corporate Social Responsibility, Continence Care and Ageing and Older People. She is the Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Choice at the End of Life, 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 Home Instead’s Global Strategy Council; Fujitsu’s Responsible Business Board; and BlackRock Retirement Institute’s Advisory Council.
She is President of the Pensions Policy Institute and the Association of Retirement Housing Managers; Honorary Vice President of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, 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 National Network of Clinical Ethics Committees; the Ransackers Association; the Association for Ageing & Education; 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.
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, adult vaccination, active ageing, financial services, 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 worked extensively on the issue of adult vaccination over the past eight years. He was a leading member of the SAATI coalition and is a board member of the Coalition for Life Course Immunisation.
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.
David is a member of the judging panel for the British Society of Gerontology Outstanding Achievement Award. He is a member of the Editorial Board for “Working with Older People”. David is a member of the Advisory Panel for the International Centre for Lifecourse Studies.
David is a Chair of 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. He works as an “expert” for the pan-European Age Platform. He is also a member of the BT Customer Inclusion Leadership Panel. He works as a member of three DWP Age Action Alliance Working Groups and is the former Vice-Chair of the Government’s Consumer Expert Group for Digital Switchover.
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 and in Parliament for a Member of Parliament and 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.
Kate Jopling (Director of Programmes - interim)
Kate is a policy and strategy consultant, with particular expertise in the fields of loneliness, ageing and equality. Since starting her consultancy in 2010, she has worked with a wide range of voluntary sector organisations to support them to develop and influence policy and practice across the ageing, health and care agenda.
In 2013 she took a short break from consultancy to cover the maternity leave of the director of the Campaign to End Loneliness, working with national and local governmental organisations to promote understanding of loneliness and social isolation as a public health challenge.
Before becoming a consultant, Kate was Head of Policy and Public Affairs at the young people’s charity Catch22, leading the organisations policy, campaigning and media work, and prior to that Head of Public Affairs 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.
In 2003/4 Kate was seconded to the UK Government’s Social Exclusion Unit to support research on older people and exclusion. Prior to joining the age sector she worked for the Countryside Agency – a non-departmental public body focussing on rural issues. She started her career in the House of Commons as a Parliamentary Researcher.
Lyndsey Mitchell (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 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.
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.
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.
Dan Holden (Research Fellow)
Dan joined the ILC in May 2018 as a Research Fellow.
Prior to joining the ILC Dan was a research consultant at ComRes, specialising in political and social research. Whilst at ComRes Dan was responsible for much of the organisations high profile voting intention research, for clients including the Independent, BBC and The Sun. Dan also worked with social research 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.
Amna Riaz (Research Assistant)
Amna joined ILC-UK in April 2017 as a Research and Policy Intern. She completed her undergraduate in politics and worked as a finance administrator at a homeless charity for a year before completing her Masters in Global Migration at UCL.
Her research interests vary and cover class and identity politics, feminism and LGBTQ activism. She is also interested in young people and activism online, as well as looking at regional politics with a particular focus on Yorkshire. She takes an interdisciplinary approach to research and is demonstrated in her analysis.
Mateja Malcic (Administrative Assistant)
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 Assistant)
Lily joined the ILC-UK in July 2018 as an intern to manage the delivery of the Innovating for Ageing competition. In her role as policy and communications assistant, her role has broadened to encompass public affairs, press work and events management.
Prior to joining the ILC-UK, 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.