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About our executive team

Action For Elders Executive Leadership team care about older people and have vast experience dealing with issues related to later life.

The team

James Lewis - Chief Executive
James LewisJames 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 the terminally ill and becoming 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!

James also boasts a limited number of anecdotes, including an hilarious story about Michael Bublé’s first gig at Ronnie Scott’s in London that begins “Tell Michael Bublé I’m here…”

Contact: james.lewis@actionforelders.org.uk

John Coleman - Communications Director
John ColemanOur Communications Director has worked for 25 years as a writer, journalist and PR executive. His wide-ranging experience includes stints for Disney, Buena Vista Film and production duties on independent British films. While working for Disney and Buena Vista he travelled to more than 40 countries: from Paris and Luxembourg to Singapore and Lebanon. John has just finished working on an independent film called Burning Men – a British ‘rock and roll road movie’ – which is out now, directed by Jeremy Wooding.

He has written for a variety of publications and has interviewed numerous stars from the world of music, film and art. His extracurricular activity includes indie 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.

John lives in London with his family and has two children whose varied interests include Dr Who, Sherlock Holmes, Acting, Karate and Lego.

One of John’s ambitions this year is to bring his many guitars down from the loft, as he has become extremely jealous of his children’s increasing musical proficiency on their chosen instruments: the violin and piano.

Contact: john.coleman@actionforelders.org.uk

Vicki Evans - Director of Finance & Operations
Vicki EvansVicki Evans joined us as Finance Director with over ten years of experience in corporate banking. She added Human Resources to her responsibilities and is now our Director of Finance and Operations.

Vicki began her career in corporate banking, moving around the sector enjoying various challenges over the years, including Operations and Risk Management.

After wanting a change of direction (and location) since having her first child, she moved into running her own company to help small business with their various Accounting and Human Resources needs. She really enjoys the diversity of interacting with people in these different sectors on a daily basis.

Vicki lives near the beautiful South Wales coastline with her husband and three young children, along with various animals (which increase frequently due to her daughter rescuing a new one each week). As a very busy mum, Vicki still finds time for climbing, horse riding, gymnastics, ballet, swimming, scouting, drama class and trampolining. Of course, a certain amount of these activities involve her children, with Vicki sat outside waiting patiently in her car!

If any free time does arise, Vicki enjoys taking her children on further great adventures and enjoying the local beaches.

Contact: vicki.evans@actionforelders.org.uk

David Lipka - Head of Mobility
David LipkaDavid Lipka joined us in 2014 when we received funding from Comic Relief to run a brand new Care Home programme in Sheffield. He has gradually extended his role to include responsibility for the management and standards of our Balanced Lives mobility programme nationally. He currently runs a very successful Balanced Lives Programme at a Residential Home in Sheffield. Evaluations after the initial 12-week programme indicated clear benefits for participants, including a general sense of well-being and a more positive attitude.

“I was extremely pleased,” beams David, “as the evaluation also found that people had achieved better balance, along with greater independence by being able to stand and sit independently. In fact, overall they had much greater flexibility.”

David has been teaching professionally for the last 17 years. An advanced instructor with the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain, he is also trained in traditional Chinese Medicine and Shiatsu. As well as offering classes for the general public and running his own school, David has developed a widely acknowledged expertise in working with people who have specific health concerns.

Jeff Parker - Director of Technology and Engagement
Jeff ParkerJeff Parker has taken on a new role with Action For Elders as Director of Technology and Engagement. Jeff is responsible for IT-related matters and ensures the smooth running of all our Social Media platforms.

Our ‘go-to’ IT guy recently become Deputy Mayor of Lark Harbour, a really delightful town in Newfoundland with a historic link to Captain Cook. This is a remarkable achievement as an ‘outsider’, we just hope that he hasn’t seen the film The Wicker Man in a while!

Contact: jeff@actionforelders.org.uk

The Supporting Team

Anne Faulkner - Head of Development
Anne FaulknerAnne is a specialist in policy and business development and has extensive experience of innovation in the not-for-profit sector.

At Action for Elders, she leads on new project development benefiting older people in communities and care homes. Anne was formerly Director of Business & Innovation at the Good Things Foundation, a charity which has helped millions of people to improve their lives through digital technology. She has advised charities in both the criminal justice and mental health sectors.

Anne is a founder member 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. In a former life, she played the violin and spent her youth busking on the streets of Cambridge as part of what may loosely be termed a ‘folk and rock duo’, with varying success. On one memorable occasion, after performing what Anne thought was a particularly moving rendition of the Led Zeppelin classic ‘Stairway to Heaven’, a group of market traders clubbed together to pay them a large sum if they agreed to move on and never return to the area.

Contact: anne.faulkner@actionforelders.org.uk

Contact us

Email: info@actionforelders.org.uk

Phone: 030 330 30132

Post: Supporter Care Team, Action for Elders, Elfed House, Oak Tree Court, Mulberry Drive, Cardiff Gate, Cardiff CF23 8RS

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