Lorraine Morgan is a registered nurse and social gerontologist. Her educational, academic, management and practice work over the past 30 years has been around ageing and working with the older person in the NHS, private sector and voluntary housing sector. She is a lay appointed member of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Ageing at Welsh Government and has the lead for Health and Education. She is also a Board Member of two voluntary sector housing organisations, recent Chair of My Home Life Cymru, and Chair of the Wales special interest group on ageing, nursing and the older person. Her post graduate research was around choice, participation and monitoring of quality provision for older people living in supported accommodation. Her most recent employment for which she retired in July 2013 was as the academic manager with the lead for Health at the Open University in Wales. This is where she was awarded a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Her work is underpinned by an active membership of the British Society of Gerontology and she has presented several conference papers over the past few years. She is now an independent consultant on ageing, a visiting professor of gerontological care practice and working with universities in Europe as well as organisations in the UK.
Rhondda-born Wynford trained as a journalist and worked on several newspapers before switching career and moving into public relations. He has worked for several large companies and for some years led a large communications team in a multi-utility company. His experience covers working in the city of London and managing very large sponsorships. In 2001 he co-founded Warwick Emanuel PR Ltd, which focused on utilities, inward investment and crisis management. A Welsh-speaker, he is now semi-retired and lives in Cardiff.
Eddie has recently retired as Director of Adult Social Care at Sheffield City Council a position he held in conjunction with that of Interim Chief Executive for over 10 years. For nearly all of his career developing more personalised services for older people has been central to his work. During this time,he has worked alongside a number of voluntary and private sector organisations seeking to plan, run and improve services in partnership with older Citizens. He has established amongst many others the 50 plus congress and the expert elders network in Sheffield. As Director he saw at first hand the benefits of the work of Action For Elders to older customers in the projects run within the council's own directly managed resource centres and in independent sector care homes. Eddie is keen to use his passion, knowledge and experience to assist Action for Elders to grow and to provide more and more opportunities for older adults to sustain or improve their health and well being and be in control of their lives for longer.
Edwin comes from a Financial Services background. He began his banking career in client liaison and customer services. This gave him the ability to understand and empathise with customers. Edwin then moved to American Express as Corporate Strategic Planner. With his team of five he would help trouble shoot companies and high net worth individuals with their finances. This meant creating strategies and understanding financial markets in order to produce effective plans for his clients. Edwin remained at American Express for just over ten years before moving to Prudential; providing a similar service for his Prudential clients. Edwin decided to leave the stressful world of finances and joined the Not-For-Profit sector. He did some volunteer work for Mind and a few smaller charities. For the last eight years he has been the Managing Director of Charity Funding Solutions. His company helps small to medium size charities create strategic plans to help produce long-term sustainable income. His London City background and experience working with International Blue Chip companies has provided him with extensive knowledge of business development.
Paul is a Business Consultant within the NHS and has extensive experience of working in the Health and Social Care environment at both operational and strategic levels. He has worked at Senior level positions within the NHS and has expertise in Programme & Project management and innovative business solutions with procurement, service re-design strategic planning, delivery and governance. Paul has also had responsibility for the successful procuring several large scale programmes ranging from clinical services to non-clinical services. Having the advantage of both aspects of commissioning and direct service delivery this has provided unparallel expertise within these areas to ensure that the services preserve quality while delivering the agreed outcomes. Paul Provides consultancy to the Health Service on service developments with expertise in Service and strategic Management. He has written and published several articles on service re-design and operational issues and speaks at national conferences as a subject matter expert on health care development. He is closely involved in our project implementation and evidence base.
James Lewis is the Founder and Chief Executive of Action For Elders, with over 25 years experience in the non profit sector at a senior level. Initially from a corporate background: following the death of his young son from cancer he changed his career path to begin a history of founding national and international organisations; with a focus on innovative solutions to health and social care challenges. He holds positions on several boards and was a leading consultant for the Walt Disney Company in Community Affairs; assisting in the establishment of their Programme for terminally ill children and their families at Disneyland Paris. A past Chair of Age Concern in Sutton and trustee of the Elderly Accommodation Counsel, he is now assisting a small charity to develop whilst also serving as a Non Executive Director for a much larger social enterprise. His achievements include founding a Lloyds Syndicate specialising in travel insurance for those who are terminally ill and becoming the national winner of the CBI sponsored Leading The Way Award in 2002. He has been the subject of an ITV television documentary called Smoothing the Stone and has extensive media experience; largely as a result of his music programme which is syndicated internationally. James lives close to the beaches of Swansea with his family where he is desperately attempting to complete his first book, tentatively called ‘For the earth is hollow but I have touched the sky’…………and yes, he is also a Trekkie!
Our Executive Editor has worked for 25 years as a journalist and writer. His wide-ranging experience includes long stints for Walt Disney, Buena Vista Film and production duties on British films. He has written for a variety of publications and has interviewed numerous stars from the world of music, film and art. His extra curricular activity includes club DJ and appearances on LBC Radio. He currently writes for the Sunday Times and has broadened his interviews to include: scientists, politicians and the occasional celebrity chef. He lives in London with his family: has two children whose varied interests include Dr Who, acting, Karate and Lego.
Anne is a specialist in policy and business development and has extensive experience of innovation in the not-for-profit sector.She has advised charities from Teach First to small charities in the criminal justice and mental health sectors. Anne was formerly Director of Business & Innovation at the Good Things Foundation, a not-for-profit social enterprise which works with thousands of local community partners to make good things happen through digital technology. Anne is a founder member and Trustee of the Helena Kennedy Foundation, an educational charity which supports disadvantaged students to progress to higher education, and a Trustee of the Lorna Young Foundation, which supports ethical entrepreneurship. A former semi-professional musician, Anne lives in Cambridge with her family.
Alyas is an expert on community regeneration and diversity issues. His work has been commended by both the Commission on Integration & Cohesion and the EQUAL Programme’s guide to best practice in the UK ‘Empowerment – a guide for Development Partnerships’. An authority on area-based transformation, his experience includes extensive master planning. He played a key role in the Area Development Framework for Bacup and Stacksteads. He was also instrumental in the implementation of the West Hull Area Development Framework and Master plan. He has written for a range of publications including Global Built Environment Review and has undertaken research for the Academy for Sustainable Communities. He is currently authoring a number of books relating to country master planning, fundraising and sustainable strategic development.