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Centre for Ageing Better appoints David Cundy as new Director of Programmes

David Cundy, an expert in programme delivery and service change, has been appointed to lead Ageing Better’s new Programmes Directorate.

The newly-created role will see David oversee the development and delivery of Ageing Better’s programmes across its priority goals in health, housing, work and communities.

The Centre for Ageing Better has appointed David Cundy as Director of Programmes, leading a new directorate overseeing the development and delivery of impactful programmes of work. David will help Ageing Better to create meaningful change, foster innovative ideas and achieve its priority goals.

A specialist in programme delivery, service change and business development, David joins from Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) where he was Head of Delivery. In this role, he led practice development, research and business development functions and held responsibility for major programmes of work for government departments. These include Care Act implementation and programmes around integration, as well as the development of a successful commercial service delivering improvement support to the social care sector.

Anna Dixon, Chief Executive at the Centre for Ageing Better, commented:

“David is a great addition to Ageing Better’s senior team and will add a wealth of experience and expertise. He will play a critical role in driving our work to transform later life and ensuring we deliver impact across all our programmes.

“I know David is absolutely committed to helping us deliver on our bold vision and will help ensure our work has a real impact for those people at risk of missing out.”

David Cundy added:

“The Centre for Ageing Better is at the forefront of changing public policy priorities to make sure everyone enjoys the fulfilling and enjoyable later life that they deserve.

“I’m pleased to have joined the organisation at this pivotal moment as it makes the case for rethinking society’s approach to ageing and tackling the inequalities that deprive too many people of good health and financial security.”

During his time at SCIE David established a Programme Management Office and implemented the associated IT, methodologies and culture change to establish this approach.

Prior to working at SCIE, David worked in NHS mental health services, initially in a hospital environment as a nursing assistant and then building on this to work in community provision and service management and later leading large scale change and service improvement programmes including those around mental health recovery and employment.