By 2030, there will be over 20 million older people in the UK
Dr Craig Berry
Dr Craig Berry is a Research Fellow at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, University of Sheffield, where he conducts research and analysis on growth and economic rebalancing. Previously he worked at the Trades Union Congress as Pensions Policy Officer, HM Treasury as a Policy Advisor on State Pensions and Older People, the International Longevity Centre-UK as Head of Policy and Senior Researcher, and the University of Warwick as Lecturer on economic policy.
He completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2008 and his book ‘Globalisation and Ideology in Britain’ was published in 2011. He is also the author of a large number of reports, articles and think-pieces on a wide range of subjects, including economic policy, pensions, financial services, employment, social care, young people and politics, older drivers, and the information society.
Paul Cann joined Age Concern Oxfordshire as its Chief Executive in April 2009. After reading English Literature at King’s College Cambridge, where he held a Choral Scholarship, he taught for five years. He joined the Civil Service where he held a range of postings at the Cabinet Office, including working as a Private Secretary to successive Cabinet Ministers. A subsequent spell in the private sector included working for ‘The Independent’ newspaper.
He joined the charity world in 1992 as Director of the British Dyslexia Association and subsequently of the National Autistic Society. He was a Trustee of the disability charity Contact a Family for five years, a charity which supports carers and people with special needs or disabilities. From 2000 to his arrival at Age Concern Oxfordshire he was Director of Policy and External Relations at Help the Aged, where he had responsibility for research, policy, international strategy, media and external relations.
He brought together research and policy, and was particularly involved in Help the Aged’s work on pensioner poverty, social exclusion and care issues. As Director with responsibility for international affairs, he helped to reshape the charity’s international programme and increased Help the Aged’s own profile and activity. In 2008 Paul was awarded the medal of the British Geriatrics Society for an outstanding contribution to the well-being of older people. Along with Malcolm Dean he edited the book: “Unequal ageing: The untold story of exclusion in old age”.
Dr Rekha Elaswarapu
Rekha Elaswarapu is currently an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at City University, London and a member of the editorial board of British journal of Community Nursing. She also works independently driving quality improvement in health and social care with particular focus on older people.
Prior to this she was the Lead for Older People Strategy at the Care Quality Commission and Healthcare Commission. She is the author of the report “Caring for Dignity” and co-author of the report “Living well in later life”. Rekha has been a key player in the development of the National Stroke Strategy, National nutrition action plan, the National Carers’ Strategy and the review into Age discrimination in health and social care. Rekha was the Joint Chair of the Regulation and Inspection subgroup of the Nutrition Action Plan Delivery Board and member of many national policy making groups such as the National Dignity Partnership Board, DH Dementia Implementation Reference group and National Leadership Group on Neurological conditions.
In 2003 Rekha joined Commission for Healthcare Improvement (CHI) as the lead for national NHS patient and staff surveys including Ambulance (very first), PCT, Mental Health and staff survey particularly GP and GP staff (very first). She has also been the lead for survey programme for diversity issues, research governance, ethics and confidentiality.
Prior to CHI Rekha worked in the Department of Health as the regional lead for primary care research, which involved developing and managing five primary care research networks in the eastern region.
She has Master’s degree in Primary and Community Care from University of Cambridge and a PhD in Management from Banaras H University in Varanasi, India.
She was a trustee of Cambridge Women’s’ Resource Centre, Cambridge and Joint Chair and trustee of Ealing Mediation service, Ealing. Currently she is a trustee of Ealing Community Voluntary Service (ECVS) – voluntary group promoting community relations and volunteering in the London borough of Ealing.
James Lloyd joined the Social Market Foundation as a Senior Fellow in June 2009. He was previously Head of Policy & Research at the ILC-UK, which included a secondment to the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit to advise on social care and ageing issues.
He read Philosophy at University College London and has Masters degrees in Comparative Politics, and in Public Policy. Prior to joining the ILC-UK, he worked for a pan-European transport federation in Brussels. James has a particular interest in social care, technology, retirement income and consumer behaviour.
His publications for the ILC-UK included ‘A National Care Fund for Long-term Care’ and ‘Asset Accumulation in Focus: The Challenges Ahead’.
Jackie is head of policy and research at the National Association of Pensions funds (NAPF), a role that she took on in 2014 having been an independent strategy and policy consultant. She leads a small team of experts in DB, DC and EU pension issues who provide support to NAPF members, Government and other stakeholders on the development and implementation of policy issues.
Jackie has spent much of her career working on various strands of pension policy, from early work on personal pensions to the latest changes announced in the budget and Queens Speech. She has spent the past seven years leading a diverse range of consultancy projects for the FSA / FCA, Government departments and other not-for-profit organisations as well as a number of commercial businesses. Her work ranged from considering the implications of changes to pension taxation for pension schemes and members to exploring the subject of consumer responsibility in financial services markets.
Jackie has great experience of working on pension policy issues having previously worked in Deloitte’s consultancy team where she worked with the DWP on the Pensions Commission reforms as well as with providers and schemes on the impact of auto-enrolment. She has previously led the strategy team at Bacon & Woodrow and in similar roles at other consultancies and life companies..