THE BOARD

The Board, presently comprised of one full-time chief executive officer and five non-executive directors, oversees the running of AWwoC and works to deliver our mission, strategic objectives and aims.

KIRSTY WOODARD - CEO

Kirsty has 25 years’ experience of working in the field of ageing. She began in the early 1990s running an advocacy and advice service for older people before becoming the manager of Well & Wise healthy living centre for older people, a partnership of 13 member organisations in Camden. She went on to advise Age UK on social care policy and service development models. She has been a freelance consultant and trainer since 2007 working with third-sector organisations, mostly on redesigning services for older people and making them more sustainable. She founded AWwoC in 2014 in response to the invisibility of older people without children or family in discussions and planning on ageing. She is married and childless.

NATALIE KONTARSKY

Natalie is a solicitor and Legal & Business Affairs Director and Company Secretary of arts publisher, Thames & Hudson. She also runs her own Publishing Consultancy. Natalie came to AWwoC through her association with Gateway Women, the global support network for childless-by-circumstance women and is an alumni of its Plan B programme. Natalie has been a director of AWwoC since 2016 and has supported and assisted Kirsty through the second wave of its growth. Having navigated the health and social care system for her father during his struggle with Alzheimer’s and ultimate death, she is particularly interested in the challenges facing people ageing without children with disability or compromised mental health. She is single and childless through social infertility.

JASON BERGEN

Jason has worked with charities, local government and charitable funders over the past 25 years in Canada, Asia and the UK in practice, policy and communications in equalities particularly ageing, poverty and migration. He is a member of the Connected Care Network, co-edited the ‘Click Guide to Ageing Well’ in 2017, and supported the development of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s ‘Transitions in Later Life’ Programme. He was the founding Chair & current Trustee of the charity Migrant Voice.

CHRIS BUCKLEY

Chris works for an HIV charity where he is involved with case work co-ordination, strategy and training. He also provides one-to-one support in NHS HIV clinics where he works to empower and help improve the lives of people living with HIV. Chris previously had a successful career working in the City of London as an IT professional. He is passionate about volunteering and community engagement and is associated with a number of different charities. Chris hopes to raise the profile of AWwoC by using his contacts to create links and develop strategic partnerships with social care organisations and charities. He is a strong advocate for peer support and is hoping to use his experience in this area to help develop a peer-support network for AWwoC.

JENNY COLLIESON

Jenny is an information professional and social care specialist with over 25 years’ experience of developing knowledge-based resources for practitioners, researchers, commissioners, user of services and carers. She has a strong interest in social care and social work research, positive ageing and the well-being of older people (particularly those in more marginalised groups), dementia and innovative practice in residential care. She worked as a senior project manager for the Social Care Institute for Excellence from 2010 to 2018 and continues to work on a consultancy basis as a SCIE Associate. Jenny recently relocated from London to York and is a member of the York AWwoC Group.

ANNE HILLS

Anne started her career in computing, spending 20 years as an IT trainer before moving into financial services in 2008. She is a Chartered Financial Planner, a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society, an accredited member of the Society of Later Life Advisers and an Affiliate of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners. She specialises in providing financial advice to those who have lost, or are losing capacity to manage their own affairs. She works with the client, their family and legal representatives to build a financial strategy, considering current circumstances, income and expenditure changes over time and the impact of these on accumulated assets. Anne lives in Frome, in the house she grew up in, with her husband Martin.

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