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Meet our Board

Age International is governed by a Board of Trustees who are committed to making the world a better place for older people. 

Ann Keeling

Chair of the Board

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.

Dianne M Jeffrey CBE DL, Hon D Univ. Hon Doc SHU.

Dianne M Jeffrey is the former chairman of Age UK. Dianne chairs the Malnutrition Task Force, the Peak District National Park Advisory Group, and the Derbyshire Armed Forces Covenant. She is a trustee of the Devonshire Educational Trust at Chatsworth.

Dianne was Pro-Chancellor and chairman of the board of the University of Derby from 1999 until 2011, and served on the board of University and Colleges Employers' Association [UCEA], where she also chaired the National Health and Safety Committee in higher education. Dianne served as an NHS Trust chairman for 13 years, and was a founder and chairman of the NHS Confederation from 2000 – 2003. She was chairman of Anchor Trust, providing housing care and support to older people in England, for five years.

Dianne served as High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 2002/3 and is now an appointed Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Derbyshire.

Dianne was appointed CBE in the Birthday Honours in 2011. She was awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Derby in 2012 and from Sheffield Hallam University in 2014.

Mike Wade

Mike Wade is the Executive Director of Fundraising and Communications at the National Deaf Children’s Society. Previous Trustee roles include HelpAge International, the Institute of Fundraising, Fundraising Standards Board and Childlife.

Mike started his career at 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.

Sir Brendan Gormley MBE KCMG

Sir Brendan Gormley was the 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 running joint fundraising appeals and working together following emergencies. 

He is Chair of the Board of Accountable Now and CDAC Network. He served on the British Government’s Risk Horizon Expert Group (RHEG) addressing disaster risk reduction.

Sir Brendan was Oxfam’s Africa Director during the 1990s having working in Africa and the Middle East for 9 years. He was appointed MBE in 2001 and KCMG in 2014.

Beverley Jones

Beverley Jones is a social development and governance expert with nearly 30 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, Security Sector Reform programme in South Sudan and Citizen-State engagement programmes in Sudan and Rwanda. She is currently supporting the World Bank's roll-out of citizen engagement tools with governments in central Asia. 

Rob Devey

Rob Devey is a Non-Executive Director of Octopus Investments, and 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 member of the Development Board of Age UK. 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.

Margaret Batty

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.

Tom Kirkwood

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).

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