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Joan Walley

Joan Walley

Patron

Joan was brought up and educated in Biddulph before gaining a degree in Social Administration from the University of Hull and a community development diploma from University College Wales, Swansea. She went on to be elected Labour MP for Stoke on Trent North in 1987. She served on the front bench as Shadow Environment and Transport Minister and was elected to chair the Environmental Audit Select Committee of the House of Commons from 2010 up until her retirement in 2015. She is an honorary graduate of Staffordshire University and a member of the Council of Fellows of Keele University. She was commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant of Staffordshire in 2016.
 
Speaking to the Beth Johnson Foundation she said "I'm keen to ensure that public health and wellbeing is at the heart of all policy making - especially here in Staffordshire and other areas where the Foundation operates. Cooperation and collaboration are vital including at an intergenerational level. I look forward to supporting the Foundation at this crucial time when the need for an integrated social care policy which takes account of people's needs to be a part of a local community to overcome loneliness and isolation is such a high priority for our national debate. "
 
Joan is also a season ticket holder at Port Vale FC 

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Professor Ziv Amir

Professor Ziv Amir

Chair

Ziv (PhD, MSc, BSc, Certificate – Health Economics), is Honorary Professor in Cancer Survivorship at the University of Salford (UK). He is a social scientist with a particular interest in the socio-economic aspects of living with and beyond cancer.  Until 2012 he was the Director of the Macmillan Research Unit at the University of Manchester, UK. The research programme, which was funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, aimed at exploring the socio-economic aspects of people disabled by cancer and included both quantitative and qualitative studies.  Professor Amir has led on various studies to identify barriers for the return to work for people disabled by cancer by looking at the role of occupational health clinicians and line managers. He is involved in various national (UK) and European committees/networks dealing with vocational rehabilitation for people affected by cancer. Ziv is the programme leader of a new Post Graduate (on-line) Certificate programme in Cancer Survivorship, School of Health Sciences, Salford University, UK

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Mike Cheshire

Mike Cheshire

Vice-Chair

Mike practised as a Consultant Physician in geriatric and general medicine from 1983 until his retirement in 2011.  From 2009-2013 he was Medical Director for the North West Strategic Health Authority, and Secondary Care Clinician for Central Manchester CCG from 2012-2013.
 From 2007-2010, Mike was Clinical Vice President at the Royal College of Physicians and was clinical leader at The Patient and Family Centred Care (PFCC) Programme The Kings Fund, from 2012-2015.
 He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of General Practitioners and American College of Physicians.
 Mike is currently a non-executive director (NED) of Stockport Foundation Trust and been the senior independent director from April 2016.  He chairs the Quality Assurance Committee.

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Dr Jane Jervis

Dr Jane Jervis

Board Member

Jane has over 20 years clinical experience in nursing and is currently Lecturer in Nursing at Keele University. Her research interests include the areas of advanced  clinical practice, resuscitation (including Family Witnessed Resuscitation) end-of-life care, intergenerational family and patient experiences of healthcare, and Participatory Action Research (PAR). She is currently a member of the Keele Palliative and End of Life Care Research Group and UK Participatory Research Network.

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Nick Maslen

Nick Maslen

Board Member

Nick has over 30 years’ experience of working in the third sector with responsibilities including strategy development, culture change, systems and service development and implementation. 
 
He recently retired as Chief Executive of Age UK South Staffordshire where he established 4 day care centres for older people with dementia and complex needs and developed a range of care navigation services to reduce the number of older people having to attend A & E, be admitted to Acute Care or visit their GP.
 
Nick has chaired Staffordshire Voice, the forum of Voluntary Sector Chief Officers, been a member of the Age UK Regional Company Executive Board and the Services of Older People Committee.

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Sarah McWilliams

Sarah McWilliams

Board Member

Sarah is a self-employed management consultant and project manager.  Through her work she has developed a broad range of experience in areas such as health (including dementia, ageing, disability and mental health), migration and integration, arts and creative industries, and community development. She has extensive knowledge of intergenerational practice, having worked with Linking Generations NI as an evaluator since 2010.

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Michael Murray

Michael Murray

Board Member

Michael Murray is an Emeritus Professor of Social and Health Psychology at Keele University, Newcastle-under-Lyme, where he used to be Head of the School of Psychology. Prior to that, he held appointments at other universities in England, Northern Ireland and Canada. He has published a wide range of journal articles, book chapters, books and collections on social psychological approaches to understanding aspects of health, illness and ageing. He has also been involved in various initiatives to promote health and well-being among older people. He is currently involved in a large project exploring older people’s sense of place. He is an elected Fellow of both the British Psychological Society and of the UK Academy of Social Sciences.

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Paul Riddell

Paul Riddell

Board Member

Paul is a Principal Consultant at Axis HR Consulting providing guidance for medium to large public and private organisations in the area of social policy development, along with legal advice to ensure that organisations are compliant with current equality legislation and best practice.
 
He previously worked in various roles for the Commission for Racial Equality before becoming a consultant.
 
In his role as a Consultant, Paul specialises in conducting equality and diversity audits; policy development and implementation; equality impact assessments; analysing and evaluating data; action planning; and workplace investigations.
 
He is also an experienced equality and diversity trainer and has developed and delivered general and specialised diversity and equality training courses at all levels within the private and public sector.
 
Paul is a Trustee and former Chair of Enfield Caribbean Association which provides social and cultural services and activities to the elderly in the London Borough of Enfield.
 

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