By 2030, there will be over 20 million older people in the UK
Dr Dylan Kneale
Dr Dylan Kneale is Head of Policy and Research at Relate, having previously served as Head of Research at the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK). Research around relationships has been an underlying focus of much of Dylan’s research career to date, from examining family relationships and the link with teenage parenthood, to examining social isolation and loneliness among older people or managing relationships in delivering end of life care.
Dylan is interested in the timing, sequence and context of life course transitions including partnership, parenthood and housing; longitudinal analysis; social exclusion, social isolation, and loneliness; and neighbourhoods and communities.
Dylan was awarded a PhD and Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Demography and Social Research at the Institute of Education (University of London), where his PhD thesis examined transitions to parenthood using data from the British birth cohort studies. Prior to his PhD, Dylan worked as a Senior Research and Evaluation Analyst at the Prince’s Trust, as a Treasurer for Youth Express Network (a Strasbourg-based Youth Charity) and as a consultant for a number of organisations.
Dylan maintains academic links as a Research Associate of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (Institute of Education, University of London) and is a regular reviewer for two journals.
Henry Elphick is Head of International Healthcare and a Managing Director at Jefferies, a leading global investment bank. He is based in London and has advised on a number of landmark transactions across healthcare (including elderly, social and acute care) over the last few years and was nominated the financial advisor of the year by the European Venture Capital Association in 2007.
Prior to Henry joining Jefferies in 2009, he was a Managing Director with UBS for 10 years. Before that he worked at Rothschild and as a solicitor with Linklaters in London, New York and Washington. Henry holds an MA from Oxford University and is a non executive director of Elizabeth Finn Homes Limited.
After graduating from Edinburgh University in mathematical physics, Colin qualified as an actuary in 1972. He has had a wide ranging career. He has worked at Board and General Management level with insurance companies operating in the life and pensions market. He was General Manger and Actuary of Zurich Life and General Manager of the NFU Mutual and Avon life operations. He has also been a director of three major advisory firms providing advice and administrative services to individuals and pension schemes. For seven years he ran his own consultancy specialising in helping financial institutions to enter new markets. He was a pioneer in the long term care insurance market in the UK and was the first Chairman of the ABI Long Term Care Insurance Committee set up to develop selling standards.
Until he retired from full-time employment, he was a Director of Hazell Carr plc, a very successful outsourcing business in the financial services sector. Founded in 1997, it came first in the Sunday Times PricewaterhouseCoopers 2001 survey as the fastest growing UK unquoted company (measured by profits).
Over the last few years he has been an investor in and adviser to a number of small businesses and served as director of a number of them. Currently he is a director of Vision XS, a consultancy working in the tourism and attractions industry.
He has served on a number of Institute and Faculty of Actuaries committees including wider fields, heath and care and the ageing population interest group.
For a number of years he was a senior lecturer on the post qualification professionalism courses teaching business ethics to newly qualified actuaries. He has written papers, articles and responses to government consultation documents, particularly on the subject of the state financing of pensions and care benefits for the elderly. He is a co-author of the book ‘100 Years of State Pension – learning from the past’ published in 2009. He is married with two grown-up children and lives in Oxford.
Liz Padmore read both Philosophy, Politics and Economics and Jurisprudence at Brasenose College, Oxford. She has extensive experience at the Board level in private, public and not-for- profit sectors.
She was previously a strategy partner at Accenture where she created and ran their global strategic think tank. Specialising in scenario planning, corporate reputation, strategic communications and risk management she is a regular contributor and chairman at international conferences.
Liz is Chairman of BNHFT; a Director of National Australia Group Europe and Clydesdale Bank plc; a director of YBI (Prince of Wales’ Youth Business International); trustee and member of the F&GP Committee, Ditchley; trustee and member of the F&GM Committee, Women for Women International.
Liz is an associate of the Oxford Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, Oxford Said Business School; a member and previous vice chairman of Forum UK and an elected FRSA (Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts Manufacturing and Commerce).
Dr Clive Bowman FRCP FFPH
Clive Bowman is Divisional Medical Director for Bupa’s Care Services. He has been with Bupa’s Care Services since 2000 with responsibilities principally relating to care home’s in the UK and the international “Age Care” businesses in Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Collectively there are over 400 facilities and more 33,000 beds. Clive contributes to operational, strategic and policy development and trouble shoots on a wide range of clinical and personal care issues.
Previously, he spent 15 years as a Consultant Physician and Geratologist in the West Country where he was also Associate Director of the International Institute on Health and Ageing at the University of Bristol. Clive’s experience in the Bupa and the NHS combined with his various professional involvements with many other organisations have enabled him to develop a rich and informed perspective on health and care in later life.
Clive is presently a trustee of the charity Counsel and Care and a member of the empowerment committee of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. He previously chaired the CCC (a coalition of charities, providers and related interests regarding the care of older people) to the end of 2007 and publishes, presents and contributes on a wide range of issues regarding ageing and care.
Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE
Baroness Greenfield is Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Oxford, where she leads a multi-disciplinary team investigating neurodegenerative disorders. In addition she is Director of the Oxford Centre for the Science of the Mind, exploring the physical basis of consciousness.
Her books include “The Human Brain: A Guided Tour” (1997), “The Private Life of the Brain” (2000), and “Tomorrow’s People: How 21st Century Technology Is Changing the Way We Think and Feel” (2003). She has spun off four companies from her research, made a diverse contribution to print and broadcast media, and led a Government report on “Women In Science”.
She has received 28 Honorary Degrees, Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (2000), a non-political Life Peerage (2001) as well as the Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur (2003). In 2006 she was installed as Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University and voted `Honorary Australian of the Year’.
Baroness Howe of Idlicote CBE
Baroness Howe’s many interests include Equalities, Children, Age and the Environment. She currently campaigns for stricter controls on food advertising, against gambling and for penal reform. Deputy Chair of The Equal Opportunities Commission (1975-1979), she chaired BITC’s Opportunity 2000, as well as serving on the boards of Kingfisher, United Biscuits and Legal & General.
She chaired the BOC Foundation for the Environment between 1990 and 2003, and the Broadcasting Standards Commission from 1993 to 1999. A member of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Lady Howe’s previous voluntary work includes serving as a member of the Briggs Committee on the Future of the Nursing Profession, as a Council Member and Vice Chairman for the Open University, President of the UK Committee of UNICEF and Chairman of The Hansard Society Commission ‘Women at the Top’.
She is the author of ‘Under Five’ (1996), Women and Credit (1978) and co-author of Women on the Board (1991). Lady Howe was appointed a Member of the House of Lords as Baroness Howe of Idlicote in 2001.
Joanne Hindle trained as a lawyer specialising in commercial law. She joined the financial services industry in 2006 originally with BIBA (The British Insurance Brokers Association) and has worked in a variety of roles including a period as a regulator (establishing the pensions review unit), for NatWest heading up their pensions development and for six years running an IFA promotional body.
Most recently Joanne has spent seven years on the board of Unum, the country’s leading group protection insurer, as corporate services director. Joanne Hindle has also served on a range of industry bodies being deputy chair of the Continuing Care Conference, on the ABI’s health and pensions committees and today on the Board of ILAG.
Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope
Archy Kirkwood was a Liberal Democrat MP for Roxburgh & Berwickshire from 1983 to 2005. He concentrated on social affairs and was his party’s spokesman on Health, Social Security, Scotland, & International Development. Between 1997 and 2005, he was Chairman of the Work and Pensions Select Committee.
He was knighted in 2003 for services to Parliament, and entered the House of Lords in 2005.
The Earl Howe
Earl Howe started his professional career in banking, working first for Barclays and then, as London director, for Adam & Co., the Scottish-based private bank. He has run a farm and estate in South Buckinghamshire since 1984, whilst holding a succession of political posts in the House of Lords.
After serving as a government whip in 1991-2 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary (Lords) at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; and in 1995 Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence, a post he relinquished at the 1997 General Election. He was elected to remain in the Lords as an hereditary peer under the provisions of the House of Lords Act 1999. Lord Howe has been opposition spokesman for health and social services in the House of Lords since 1997.
Among a number of charitable appointments he is President of the National Society for Epilepsy, President of the South Bucks Association for the Disabled, Patron of the Chiltern Society and a member of the Council of the RNLI. He is also Chairman of LAPADA, a trade association representing art and antiques dealers.
Professor Tom Kirkwood
Tom Kirkwood is Professor of Medicine, Director of the Institute of Ageing and Health at the University of Newcastle, and Director of the BBSRC Centre for Integrated Systems Biology of Ageing and Nutrition. He was educated in biology and mathematics at Cambridge and Oxford. He worked at the National Institute for Medical Research before becoming Professor of Biological Gerontology at the University of Manchester.
His research is focused on the basic science of ageing and on understanding how genes as well as non-genetic factors, such as nutrition, influence longevity and health in old age. He is European President (Biology) of the International Association of Gerontology.
He chaired the UK Foresight Task Force on ‘Healthcare and Older People’ and was Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords Science & Technology Select Committee inquiry into ‘scientific aspects of ageing’.
Dr Jackie Morris
Jackie Morris is a Consultant Physician, specialising in Geriatric Medicine, currently working at Camden Primary Care Trust London having worked as a Consultant at both The Royal Free and St Mary’s Hospital NHS Trusts since then. She was appointed as a Consultant in 1979 and has a special interest in comprehensive care, rehabilitation, older people in Care Homes and the provision of dignified and humane care to them allowing them to retain control.
She was seconded to the Department of Health as Senior Medical Officer to the Policy Division between 1992 and 1994. She has served on many Government committees.
She has always worked with the Voluntary Sector and at present is President of the Central London Branch of the Parkinson’s Disease Society, a Trustee of Age Concern Westminster and the British Institute of Human Rights. She is Chair of the British Geriatrics Society BGS Multi-Agency Campaign on Dignity Behind Closed Doors and Co- chair of the BGS and National Council of Palliative Care working group on End of Life Care for older people with frailty and multiple Co-morbidities. She is a member of the BGS and Help the Aged Advisory Panel.
She was the President of the Royal Society of Medicine Section of Geriatrics and Gerontology between 1996 ad 1998. She was Honorary Secretary of the BGS between 1987 and 1989. She was Chair of the BGS Policy Committee between 2005 and 2007 during which time she edited and updated the BGS compendium. She has published widely on policy issues about older people.
Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE
Baroness Neuberger was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge and Leo Baeck College, London. She became a rabbi in 1977, and served the South London Liberal Synagogue for twelve years, before going to the King’s Fund Institute as a Visiting Fellow. She was at Harvard Medical School in 1991-1992, Chairman of Camden & Islington Community Health Services NHS Trust from 1993 until 1997 and then Chief Executive of the King’s Fund, an independent health charity until 2004.
She has been a member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, the Medical Research Council and the General Medical Council, of the Runnymede Trust and was a Trustee of the Imperial War Museum until 2006. Until recently she was a Trustee of the British Council and of Jewish Care. She is a Trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation as well as a founding trustee of the Walter and Liesel Schwab Charitable Trust, in memory of her parents. She is currently chairing the Commission on the Future of Volunteering and has recently been appointed President of Liberal Judaism.
She is the author of several books on Judaism, women, healthcare ethics and on caring for dying people, and most recent book, ‘The Moral State We’re In’, was published in March 2005. At present she is working on a book on old age. She was created a Life Peer in June 2004 (Liberal Democrat).
Professor Les Mayhew
Leslie Mayhew is Professor of Statistics at Cass Business School, City University, London, in the Faculty of Actuarial Science and Insurance. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, an Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Actuaries, and a graduate of the government’s Top Management Programme. His research interests include risk, pensions, and health and long term care, for which he has held research grants from the European Union, EPSRC, the Institute of Actuaries and others.
When not working at Cass, he is the Director of Mayhew Associates Ltd which advises and undertakes various assignments for central and local government and primary care trusts in areas including health and social care, and the provision of other public services.
Before joining City University in 2001, he was Professorial Research Fellow in Geography at Birkbeck College, London. Between 1993 and 1998, he was a director in the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and its predecessor the Central Statistical Office (CSO), based in HM Treasury.
Prior to 1993 he was a senior civil servant in the Department of Social Security (DSS) and in the Department of Health and Social Security (DHSS). After completing his PhD in 1979, he was seconded by the DHSS and Royal Society to the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna for 2 1/2 years.
He remains an associate research scholar at IIASA, and worked for example on IIASA’s Social Security Reform programme between 1999 and 2003, co-authoring a book on the economic impact of population ageing in Japan. He also publishes original research on transport matters including the London congestion charge, possible sites for a new airport for London, and a strategic overview of London’s road network.
Ian Pearson graduated in 1981 in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from Queens University, Belfast. He spent four years in Shorts Missile Systems, in many different disciplines from mechanical engineering to battlefield strategy simulation. He joined BT Laboratories in 1985 as a performance analyst, and has since worked in network design and evolution, cybernetics, and mobile systems.
He now concentrates on mapping the progress of new developments throughout information technology, considering both technological and social implications. As a futurologist and a principal consultant, he lectures extensively on his futures views. In between conferences, current projects include machine consciousness, social trends and advanced computing technology.
He has received many awards for his papers, written several books and has made over 400 TV and radio appearances. He is a fellow of the British Computer Society, the World Academy of Art and Science, the Royal Society of Arts, the Institute of Nanotechnology and the World Innovation Foundation.
Professor Ian Philp CBE, MD, FRCP, FFPA (Hon)
Professor Ian Philp, CBE, MD, FRCP, FFPA (Hon) joined HEFT on 7 July as Deputy Medical Director for Older People. He was previously:
- Chief Medical Officer Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals and is Honorary Professor both Hull York Medical School, and Warwick University Medical School.
- He established the Sheffield Institute for Studies on Ageing which won, for the University of Sheffield, the Queen’s Award for Higher Education in 2000, for research into improving the quality of life of older people.
- His research interests are in improving the lives of older people through better assessment and response to their health and care needs. He directs the International EASYCare Project for improving the lives of older people through better assessment and response to their health care needs. www.easycarehealth.org.uk.
Professor Philp was the National Clinical Director (“Tsar”) for Older People in the Department of Health from 2000 to 2008, leading the development and implementation of the National Service Framework for Older People. He is a member of the Policy and Quality Committees of the British Geriatrics Society. His NHS work focusses on cutting the costs of frailty through early intervention in primary care and more effective response to frailty crisis. His Sheffield team won the UK Hospital Doctor of the Year Award (Older People’s category) in 1998.
He has led the development and implementation of innovative teaching methods in undergraduate medicine, multi-professional learning and vocational training in health care. Professor Philp has been an adviser to the World Health Organization and advised governments in many countries on the care of older people. He is a frequent media commentator on healthy ageing and the care of older people and was the co-presenter of the BBC1 series “How to Live Longer” and scientific lead for “The Young Ones”. He was awarded the CBE for services to health care and older people in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2008.
Dame Denise Platt DBE, DSocSc, BSc Econ, AIMSW, FRSA
Denise is the Chair of the Commission for Social Care Inspection, a non-departmental Government body responsible for inspecting and assessing the performance of all adult social care services in England. Prior to this appointment in 2004, she was Chief Inspector, Social Services Inspectorate, and Director for Children, Older People and Social Care Services at the Department of Health in England.
She has held a variety of posts both nationally and locally, in local government and social care. These include Director of Social Services, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and Head of Social Services at the Local Government Association.
She is a past President of the Association of Directors of Social Services, and was Chair of the National Institute for Social Work. She is also an honorary fellow of the Centre for Citizen Participation and a member of the University Court at Brunel University, a Trustee of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), a member of the National Executive Council of the fpa (Family Planning Association), a Governor of the University of Bedfordshire, Chair of the National AIDS Trust, and a member of the Independent Review Board of the Cheshire Fire & Rescue Services. She has recently (April 2007) completed a review of the ’Status of Social Care’ for the Secretary of State for Health.
Ian became an Honorary Advisor to the International Longevity Centre-UK after his dedicated and invaluable support on the Board of Trustees. Ian was Senior Legal Adviser and General Counsel, Age Concern England. He practised as a Barrister for some 25 years with a particular interest in Family Law.
From 1985, Ian was the Director of Age Concern Hampshire and then in April 1990 went to Age Concern England to establish a Legal Unit. He speaks and writes regularly on the law affecting older people and mental capacity issues.
Ceridwen is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of Oxford where she works on family policy research. She was formerly Director of the Family Policy Studies Centre until 2001. Prior to joining the FPSC she held research and management posts in Government and academia as an industrial sociologist.
She was chair of the Social Research Association 2001-5 and was its vice chair from 2006-2007. From 1998-2004 she was the UK expert on the European Commission’s Observatory on the Social Situation, Demography and Family.
She is currently the social science adviser to the Food Standards Agency‘s Microbiological Safety Division and works with Neil Stewart Associates conference organisation to develop conferences in social policy/care areas and chairs these on occasion.
She is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and sits on its Council; is a member of the Economic and Social Research Council Strategic Research Board as well as a number of ESRC advisory committees. Previously she was chair of the Advisory Committee of the UK Centre for Longitudinal Studies and has been a member of various Nuffield and Joseph Rowntree Foundations’ advisory groups, as well as the Advisory Group for the Relationships’ Foundation the Lord Chancellor’s Department’s Advisory Group on Marriage and Relationship Support. She also is a Trustee of the Family Budget Unit.
At Oxford she chairs her Departmental Research Ethics committee and the Inter-divsional Research Ethics Committee for the Social Sciences and Humanities and sits on the Central University Research Ethics committee.
She has lectured, published and appeared on TV and radio in a wide range of family policy issues; including child contact issues, grandparenting, fathers and fatherhood, childlessness and adoption as well as women’s lifetime employment.
Lord Andrew Turnbull
Lord Andrew Turnbull joined HM Treasury in 1970, was seconded to the IMF between 1976-78 and during 1983-85 he was Economic Private Secretary to the Prime Minister. In 1988 he returned to Number 10 as Principal Private Secretary. Lord Turnbull was Permanent Secretary to the Department of the Environment from 1994-98 and to HM Treasury from 1998-2002.
In 2002 he was appointed Secretary of the Cabinet and Head of the Home Civil Service. After retiring from the Civil Service he was made a Life Peer and joined Booz Allen Hamilton as an adviser.
Eugenie Turton CB
Genie Turton is a former senior civil servant, who now works as a non executive director in the private and charitable sectors. Her last job in Whitehall was Director General for Housing, Planning and Urban regeneration where, amongst other things, she led the early work on the Thames Gateway as well the changes in the role of English Partnerships, the Urban and Rural White Papers and the subsequent Sustainable Communities Plan. She was responsible for establishing London’s Mayor and the Greater London Authority in 2000 and ran John Major’s programme for improving public services in the 1990s.
Her earlier career included the development of the Single Regeneration Budget and the City Challenge scheme, and the modernisation of the management of the Historic Royal Palaces.
She is a Non Executive Director of the Wates Group (the family owned construction company) and of Rockpools, an executive search company. She is also a Trustee of the Dulwich Picture Gallery (and Chair of DPG Enterprises), of the Horniman Museum, and the Pilgrim Trust, and also on the board of the Historic Houses Association.
Dr Suzanne Wait
Suzanne Wait was Director of Research at the ILC-UK as from January 2004 until December 2007. She is a Research Fellow at the School of Public Policy, University College London, and runs a consultancy (SHW Health) which provides health policy and health outcomes advice to private and public sector clients.
Her past experience include roles in consulting, policy advice, teaching, and outcomes research within the pharmaceutical industry in Europe and internationally.
Sir Robert Worcester
Sir Worcester is the Founder of MORI (Market & Opinion Research International), London, and now an International Director of Ipsos Group, Paris, and Chairman of the Ipsos Public Affairs Research Advisory Board. He is a Past President of the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR). In 2005 he was appointed by Her Majesty the Queen a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) in recognition of the “outstanding services rendered to political, social and economic research and for contribution to government policy and programmes”. Sir Robert is Chancellor of the University of Kent and a Member of Council. He is Visiting Professor of Government and a Governor of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is Honorary Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent and in the Department of Politics and International Studies at Warwick University.
He has previously been a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Centre for Journalism at City University, London, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Marketing at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He holds a number of honorary degrees and fellowships: Kings College, University of London, Honorary Fellow (2007); London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Honorary Fellow (2006); University of Kansas, Distinguished Graduate (2006); University of Kent, Doctor of Civil Law (2006); University of Greenwich, Doctor of Law (2003); Middlesex University, Doctor of the University (2001); University of Bradford, Doctor of Letters (2001); University of Buckingham, Doctor of Science (1998).
He writes monthly columns for Profile, the monthly magazine for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, and Parliamentary Monitor, the monthly magazine for the Houses of Parliament and is a contributor to the Financial Times and Observer and other newspapers and magazines and to radio and television, including as elections night analyst for American and British elections. He is author/co-author, co editor and editor of more than a dozen books and many articles in newspapers, magazines and in professional journals.
Professor Emily Grundy
Professor Grundy is a demographer and social gerontologist who has worked on aspects of individual and population ageing for some twenty five years. Since 1998 she has worked in the Centre for Population Studies at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) where she is Professor of Demographic Gerontology. Previous appointments have been at the Institute of Gerontology, King’s College London and at City and Nottingham Universities.
Emily’s main research interests are families, households and kin and social networks in later life, especially in relationship to health, and trends and differentials in health, disability and mortality at older ages. Currently she is researching links between partnership and parenting histories and later life health in England and Wales and in Norway; is involved in collaborative European projects on family support for older people; other collaborative projects in the UK on future resources of older people and on correlates of quality of life in the oldest old; and collaborative projects in Latin America.
She is leader of the Centre for Longitudinal Study Information and User support (CeLSIUS) group which helps academics with projects based on use of the Office for National Statistics Longitudinal Study. Emily is Chair of the European Association for Population Working Group on Demographic Change and the Care of Older People; a member of the Census Advisory Committee and on the editorial boards of the European Journal of Ageing and People, Place and Space. She organises the short course on Ageing, health and Wellbeing in Older Populations and teaches on postgraduate courses at LSHTM.
Kate Davidson PhD, BSc (Hons), RHV, RGN
Dr Davidson is an Honorary Visiting Fellow of the University of Surrey since her retirement in early 2010. She was originally a registered nurse and health visitor when she undertook a BSc in Social Policy with Women’s Studies as a mature student. She continued her higher education at the University of Surrey with a PhD which examined the lives of older widows and widowers.
Subsequently, she became the Programme Director for the MSc in Ageing and Society and Ageing and Social Research and a co-director of the Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender (CRAG) at the University of Surrey. As Senior Lecturer at Surrey, she taught the Sociology of Ageing, Sociological Analysis, Social Policy and Social Research Methods to undergraduates, and Social Policy, and Managing Research and the Publication Process to postgraduates.
Her particular areas of expertise are qualitative research with older people, focusing on their health and social relationships, especially of older men.
She was Chair of the Gerontological Society of America Interest Group for Older Men’s Issues (2006-2009); Secretary of the British Society of Gerontology (BSG) from 1996-2002 and President, 2006-2008; Vice-Chair of Age Concern Surrey (2005-08), and is currently a Director of the Centre for Policy on Ageing (CPA). She has been invited to lecture and present papers at numerous national and international institutions and organisations.
Professor Malcolm Johnson
Professor Malcolm Johnson who is currently Visiting Professor of Gerontology and End of Life Care at the University of Bath, has been Professor of Health and Social Policy at the University of Bristol (now Emeritus) since 1995. From 1984 – 95 he was Professor of Health and Social Welfare and subsequently first Dean of the School of Health and Social Welfare at the Open University.
His research and academic interests are wide, including the social aspects of health and illness, biographical studies, social policy analysis, death and dying and his major specialism, ageing and the lifespan. Of his ten books and over 160 monographs, chapters and articles, more than half relate to ageing.
He is a former Secretary of the BSA Medical Sociology Group and the British Society of Gerontology and Founding Editor of the international journal Ageing and Society. He is Director of the International Institute on Health and Ageing. An elected Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS).he is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a Founding Fellow of the British Society of Gerontology.
Professor Johnson’s research and consultancy includes extensive work (with a variety of agencies including The States of Jersey, MHA Care Group, BUPA Care, Anchor Trust, Barchester Healthcare, Pocklington Trust, St Monica Trust, amongst others) on the long term care and the domiciliary care of older people.
Over the past fifteen years he has extended into death and dying and end of life care, late life spirituality and the development of good practice in those fields. A five year development consultancy with Anchor Trust won the 2007 Independent Healthcare Innovation in Long Term Care Award and was Runner-up in the 2007 Guardian Public Service Award for Care of Older People.
Jim was appointed CEO of the Equity Release Council in June 2018. He joined from Reform think tank, where he was Deputy Director and Head of Research. Prior to this he was an Expert Adviser at the Department for Work and Pensions, initially supporting Lord Freud, then Welfare Reform Minister.
Jim has extensive experience of retirement and social care funding having led the Corporate Affairs functions at specialist life assurers Britannic Retirement Solutions, Just Retirement and Partnership Assurance.
Jim has directed successful campaigns which have resulted in strong consumer outcomes from the regulation of reversionary equity release schemes to ensuring a duty is placed on local authorities to direct citizens who need care to financial advice. He was the pro-bono public affairs adviser to the Save Bart’s Patients Campaign, credited with saving one of the UK’s most valued medical centres of excellence.
He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Society of Later Life Advisers, the not for profit organisation, acknowledged as the gold standard for consumers looking for specialist financial advisers on later life matters. Jim is a former tax and trusts lawyer.