Age International is governed by a Board of Trustees who are committed to making the world a better place for older people.
Ann Keeling is Chair of the Age International Board.
She has over 30 years' experience in human and social development. This includes working for the UN Girl’s Education Initiative, being a member of Action Aid Pakistan’s Advisory Board and acting as a member of the BBC Appeals Advisory Committee.
Ann founded the Non-Communicable Disease Alliance in 2009. Ann's vision was to convene a new global NCD civil society movement to confront the misconceptions about NCDs and catalyse political action. Ann led the NCD Alliance as its first Steering Group Chair from August 2010 to August 2012, and together with the leadership of UICC and WHF set the Alliance's strategic direction, raised funds and led the successful campaign for a UN Summit on NCDs. The NCD Alliance grew rapidly into a respected global civil society movement that could not be ignored.
Maria Arce-Moreira has over 25 years’ experience in the international development sector mainly with international networks of NGOs and professional associations for many of which she was the Executive Director.
A seasoned project manager, she worked on policy influencing and advocacy, governance and organisational change covering a diverse range of thematic areas including environmental management, gender, human settlements, food and agriculture and several aspects of health. She is multilingual and has worked in Latin America, Africa and Europe. Since 2014 she works as an independent consultant supporting UK and international NGOs with fundraising, strategic advice, governance and management. This includes being the Executive Director of US-based Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH International).
Maria is a Trustee of Sense International, an international NGO supporting people with deafblindness and their families, and member of the Management Committee of Live at Home Scheme Northampton that supports the elderly live independently. Maria was born in Bolivia and holds an MSc in Urban Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
Margaret Batty has worked for WaterAid as Director of Global Policy and Campaigns since 2008. She has 30 years' experience of working in an International capacity for the NGO sector, national and local government, EU Institutions and the UN.
Prior to working at WaterAid, Margaret held a number of senior posts in the UK Cabinet Office and Foreign Office. She was Deputy Director in the UK Cabinet Office European Secretariat, and an EU Advisor to Prime Ministers Blair and Brown. She was also a senior member of the UK Government International Unit for Women and Equality, and worked as an advisor to newly emerging democracies in Central and Eastern Europe.
Prior to her career in the Civil Service, Margaret worked for Age Concern England, and in Brussels as one of the founders of Euro Citizen Action Service, a non-profit membership organization for NGOs.
Margaret holds a degree in International Politics from Lancaster University, and postgraduate diplomas from the College of Europe in Bruges and the Sorbonne University in Paris.
Rob Devey is a Non-Executive Director of Octopus Investments and Resolution Life Group, and is actively involved in a number of fast-growing technology-driven businesses. He was previously CEO of Towry and an Executive Director of Prudential Plc and Chief Executive, Prudential UK & Europe.
He joined Prudential from Lloyds Banking Group where he held a number of senior leadership roles across insurance and retail banking. Prior to joining Lloyds, Rob was a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in the UK, US and Europe.
He started his career in building design with Ove Arup following completion of his Engineering degree at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Rob is a Founder Patron and Board Member of West Youth Zone in Hammersmith & Fulham, part of the OnSide Youth Zones national network. He was previously a Trustee of the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales and Chair of the London Advisory Board of Business In The Community.
Tom Kirkwood is Professor Emeritus at Newcastle University, where he directed the Institute for Ageing and Health, and a Professor at the University of Copenhagen.
An expert on the ageing process, he has examined in unprecedented detail the spectrum of health in very old people. He has advised national and international organisations and contributed extensively to shaping public debate on ageing. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
His books include the award-winning ‘Time of Our Lives: The Science of Human Ageing’, ‘Chance, Development and Ageing’ (with Caleb Finch), ‘The End of Age’ based on his 2001 BBC Reith Lectures, and ‘An Age of Wonders: the Story of the Newcastle 85+ Study’ (with Gordon Morris).
Kate has twenty years’ experience in humanitarian and development organisations, and has lived and worked on the African continent since 2007. Currently Kate is the International Rescue Committee’s Regional Vice President for the Great Lakes, supporting Burundi, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Tanzania. Previously she worked in West Africa, including as Country Director in Mali. Between 2003 and 2013, Kate held a variety of leadership roles with Save the Children in South Sudan, DRC and Cote d’Ivoire, having begun her humanitarian work in protection services with refugee and asylum seeking children in the UK. Kate’s professional life has focused on contributing to the realization of rights of women and children living in conflict and post conflict contexts, and she is particularly interested in how ageing intersects with other identities in those contexts.
Kate tries to practice feminist, anti-racist and inclusive leadership, and is committed to understanding and disrupting unequal power dynamics which challenge the realization of social justice. She holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Sussex and an MSc in Global Development Management from the Open University. Kate and her young son enjoy exploring new places and learning about the world together.
Martin Nthakomwa is a Lecturer in Humanitarian (Emergency) response and International Development at Coventry University. Previously a course director, he has designed and delivered postgraduate and undergraduate degree courses and modules around disaster management, preparedness , response, recovery, population displacement, protection and community resilience. A graduate of Universities of Sheffield, Lincoln and Coventry, Martin has an eclectic education including International Development, Business Management, and Education. Previously, Martin was a Lecturer at De Montfort University on a postgraduate programme that focused on Community Education and youth development.
Martin was also a Development Manager for a Community Forum in the Midlands, and for six years was Director on the board of an international charity. His previous practical experience includes advocacy, refugee (re)integration, monitoring Service Level Agreements, co-piloting the ‘Quality of Life’ survey commissioned by the then Audit Commission in 2003, research post conflict, and building capacity of Voluntary Organisations.
With nearly two decades working in higher education, Martin has also collaborated on Projects with a number of leading international humanitarian/development agencies and practitioners across the globe. Martin played a critical advisory/consultancy role during the design and development of the Emergency Response Mechanism (DarMAERT) for the city of Dar es Salaam and the surrounding region in Tanzania, which subsequently received funding from the World Bank and DFID/FCDO and became a beacon for best practice within the Sub Saharan Africa region. Martin believes in enabling approaches, co-creation of knowledge, capacity building and empowerment of individuals and communities across the life course.
Roy has spent the last two decades focused on digital transformation in healthcare across Europe, North America and Asia. His interest lies is in the collaboration of government, academia, charities and providers in the adoption of innovative technologies in health and care settings.
Roy’s past experience includes leadership roles in GE Healthcare, Microsoft, the World Health Organisation, Epic and Telstra.
Roy is the Chief Executive of Healthinnova, a global healthcare consultancy. He is an Associate Non-Executive Director at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and a Governor of the South Western Ambulance Service. He is also a Trustee of Age UK.
He holds degrees in mathematics, computer science, health economics and international health policy.
Clare is currently Director of Strategy and Performance at the Brooke international charity for working horses and donkeys. Clare has over 15 years' experience in the charity and public sectors in a variety of senior international strategy, planning and management roles. Prior to Brooke she was Interim CEO and Strategy Director at the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, and has also worked for the Fairtrade Foundation, Partners for Water and Sanitation and the Environment Agency where she set up their first international programme.
Clare has lived and worked in Africa and Asia including presenting a radio programme in Ghana. She has a broad cross-sectoral understanding of issues related to international development including gender, trade, water, sanitation and environmental sustainability.
She has a BA Hons in International Relations from Sussex University and an MSc in Information Systems from Brighton University.