Age International is made up of a small team in the UK:
Director – Chris Roles
Political and Policy Adviser – Ken Bluestone
Communications Manager – Jude Escribano
Programme Manager – Oscar Franklin
Project Officer – Lucy Billings
Administrator – Maggie Lucas
It is governed by a Board of Trustees:
Dianne Jeffrey CBE DL – Chairman
Dianne Jeffrey is Chairman of Age UK, the UK’s leading charity and social enterprise providing support and information to people in later life.
Dianne is also Chairman of Digital Outreach Ltd, serves on the Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands regional committee, is a member of the Advisory Council of the Impetus Trust, and most recently became Chairman of the Peak District National Park Management Plan Advisory Group.
Dianne was appointed High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 2002, is an appointed Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Derbyshire, an Honorary Colonel of the Derbyshire Army Cadet Force, Mercian Regiment, and the former Chairman of the University of Derby Governing Council.
Dianne was appointed CBE in 2011.
Tom Wright CBE
Tom Wright is Group Chief Executive of Age UK, the UK’s leading charity and social enterprise supporting people in later life.
Tom is a non-Executive Director for the Southern Health NHS Trust and a Trustee of The Royal Green Jackets Museum. He is Chair of STAR, the self regulating body for the ticketing industry and Chair of the British Gas Energy Trust. Tom is also a Non Executive Director of RHC Advantage, the creative marketing agency for mature audiences. Tom also sits on the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).
Tom was appointed CBE in 2007.
Richard Blewitt is the CEO of HelpAge International, a global network of ageing organisations striving for the rights and needs of disadvantaged older people.
Richard has held senior positions with the British Red Cross Society, Save the Children, and the UN Office for Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Immediately prior to his appointment with HelpAge in 2006, he served as director of policy and communications with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent in Geneva.
Richard is a founding trustee of The Survivors’ Fund which supports the survivors of the Rwandan genocide.
Mike Wade is the Executive Director of Fundraising and Communications at the National Deaf Children’s Society. He is also a Trustee of Childlife, the Institute of Fundraising and HelpAge International.
Mike started his career at the development charity Oxfam, where he worked for 17 years in a variety of campaigning and fundraising roles. He then worked at the water and sanitation specialist agency WaterAid.
Mike was made a Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising in 2010.
Brendan Gormley MBE
Brendan Gormley was Chief Executive of the UK’s Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) from 2000 until 2012. The DEC is a network of the UK’s leading humanitarian agencies working together following emergencies.
Brendan is a Trustee of One World Media and the Noel-Buxton Trust. He is also a lead expert on the Government’s Office for the Science Foresight project addressing disaster risk reduction.
Brendan established the Arid Lands Information Network, based in Nairobi. For most of the 1990s he was Oxfam’s Africa Director and helped establish Oxfam UK’s global network of regional offices.
Brendan was appointed MBE in 2001.
Beverley Jones is a social development and governance expert with nearly 25 years’ practical experience working on state-civil society relationships in Africa and Asia, with particular expertise in the Horn of Africa.
Beverley was the International Director of the Catholic development agency CAFOD from 2001 to 2004. She and her husband co-led the joint office of CAFOD, Trócaire and SCIAF in Ethiopia from 2004 to 2008. She led an organisational review of HelpAge in 2010.
Since then, she has designed and led a multi-donor multi-million euro civil society support programme in Ethiopia; and has designed and supported the monitoring and evaluation systems for the DFID-funded Enabling State Programme in Nepal and Security Sector Reform programme in South Sudan.
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