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Senior figures appointed to transform later life across work, health, housing and communities

The Centre for Ageing Better has appointed heavyweights from key sectors to be Associate Directors, helping to deliver its vision of giving everyone a good later life.

Four newly-created roles will work with the Chief Executive and Executive Directors to enhance the organisation’s ability to form partnerships, influence others to act and achieve measurable impact. The new Associate Directors are Kim Chaplain (Work), Alison Giles (Healthy Ageing), Dame Clare Tickell (Housing) and Patrick Vernon OBE (Communities).

The Centre for Ageing Better has appointed four Associate Directors to support the successful delivery of its strategic priorities and ambitious goals.

Each Associate Director is a leading figure in their field and will help Ageing Better to build on its achievements to date, to foster new partnerships with external organisations and accelerate change.

The new Associate Directors are:

  • Kim Chaplain (Associate Director Work) currently works at the Mayor’s Fund for London, focused on social mobility. She specialises in community engagement and regeneration and has extensive experience of fostering partnerships between local authorities and employment services.
  • Dr Alison Giles (Associate Director Healthy Ageing) will work jointly across Ageing Better and Public Health England. She has spent over 20 years in the health sector, working across the voluntary sector, national government and NHS. Most recently, she was Interim Chief Executive of the UK Health Forum (UKHF).
  • Dame Clare Tickell (Associate Director Housing) is former Chief Executive of Hanover Housing Association and former CEO of Action for Children. She is a qualified social worker and chairs the Early Intervention Foundation.
  • Patrick Vernon OBE (Associate Director Communities) a Clore and Winston Churchill Fellow. He was the first Director of Black Thrive, a mental-health agency in Lambeth, and has held senior roles in mental health and community integration organisations. He is also founder of Every Generation Media and 100 Great Black Britons.

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

“The skills, experience and expertise of our fantastic new Associate Directors will provide a huge boost to our work and help us to drive change in sectors like work, health, housing and communities.

“All four individuals bring a wealth of expert knowledge and connections across their respective sectors. As part of our Senior Leadership team, I know they will all play a vital role in driving our work to transform later life by identifying the most impactful changes and influencing others to act with urgency.

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