AAA ISO Ageing Societies Leaders Forum: Speakers

Dr Rinat Ben-Noon

Ph.d, Social planner, lecturer and researcher in the field of social and physical infrastructure, for an age-friendly city

Dr. Rinat Ben-Noon, social planner, with extensive experience in developing physical and social services and infrastructure for cities.

In the past, she developed and managed an Age-friendly city program in a large city in Israel. Today, engage in consultant for cities and government offices, associations and businesses, and a lecturer and academic researcher in the field of aging.

Lord Richard Best

All Party Parliamentary Committee on Housing andCare for Older People.

Richard Best sits as an Independent in the House of Lords. He chairs the Affordable Housing Commission and is co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People. He is currently chairing an Inquiry into Housing for those living with Dementia.

Keith Chessell

Solcom Limited

Co-founder of Solcom a software development company of 20 years, creator of international leading edge industrial and scientific applications. Keith created Whzan Digital Health, an Azure cloud application now monitoring the health of 75,000 care home residents. Whzan was extended in partnership with Sunderland to include activity monitoring in people own homes and has a dedicate App for carers.

Chrysa Demos

President & CEO
AKT Investments, Inc.

Chrysanthy “Chrysa” Demos is President & CEO of AKT Investments, Inc.  Mrs. Demos holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.  Mrs. Demos is active in numerous community endeavors, including the UC Davis MIND Institute and the International Orthodox Christian Charities.

Robin Denton

Head of Local Government and Housing, UK South

Robin has spent the past 15 years working in the Local Government and Housing space at Microsoft, and runs the Housing team in the UK, as well as the Local Government in the South of the UK.  Knowledgeable about Social Care, Housing, and how technology and data can come together to drive better outcomes by bringing services together to support the individual needs of a resident.

Caroline Dove

HTA Design LLP

Caroline has over 30 years’ experience collaborating with communities to design sustainable places to live. She leads multi-disciplinary teams responsible for designing and delivering a wide range of community-led regeneration and renovation projects, housing for older people, custom-build housing, and local authority housebuilding programmes. 

Caroline is the author of ‘Radical Housing: Designing Multi-generational and Co-living Housing for all’.

Tama Duffy Day

Principal and Senior Living Practice Leader

Tama is a Principal and Global Leader of the Senior Living Practice at Gensler, a global design firm. She challenges conventional design and develops solutions to reimagine longevity in an age-inclusive world. Actively leading projects across the globe, she is a frequent speaker at events and conferences such as Milken Institute’s “Future of Health” Summit, the Agile Ageing Alliance “Societies Leaders Forum,” Environments for Aging, and the Mayo Clinic “Transform”. She is an active member on the Washington DC Mayor’s Age-Friendly Task Force.

Dr Sonja Grigoleit

Deputy Head of Business Unit Public Technology and Innovation Planning (TIP)
Fraunhofer Institute for Technological Trend Analysis (INT), Euskirchen, Germany.

Sonja passed her PhD in the area of quantum chemical calculations in 2002. After two postdoc research positions in theoretical chemistry at Trinity College Dublin and Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim, she joined Fraunhofer INT as a senior scientist in 2005. Currently she is the deputy head of business unit “(Public) Technology and Innovation Planning” at Fraunhofer INT.

Sarah Harper

Clore Professor of Gerontology
University of Oxford

Professor Sarah Harper CBE  is the Clore Professor of Gerontology at the University of Oxford,  and Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing. She directs  the DAI@Oxford Programme, in collaboration with the RSC  Design Age Institute.  She chaired the UK government’s Foresight Review on Ageing Populations  and  in 2018 was appointed a CBE for services to Demography. 

Julie Harrison

Commissioning Manager
Adult Social Care, Birmingham City Council

I am currently working on a Technology Enabled Care programme, looking at how the digital, AI, Virtual reality and Robotics world could have the potential to change the choices available to people enabling them to live at home for as long as possible, to reduce social isolation and to help provide reassurance to carers.

Equally I have been involved with the Birmingham Autism and ADHD Board for over three years and have created a really well-respected group of experts by experience.

Mike Holden

Project Manager
Better Care/ Integrated Care Partnership Programme

I have worked in Local Government since 2000 in several management roles across business transformation, performance, and planning which have involved Children’s and Adults services. These roles were in Birmingham and then Coventry councils before I joined Wolverhampton in 2018. My current role is mainly focussed on the integration programme for health and social care including optimising system flow.

Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf

Head of the Assistive Technology
AIAS Bologna onlus

Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf is Head of the Assistive Technology Department of AIAS Bologna onlus, a research-oriented service provider to persons with disabilities and older people in Italy. His interest for international collaboration brought him to be the Secretary-General of two international associations, namely the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) and the Global Alliance of Assistive Technology Organizations (GAATO).

Rebecca Jarvis

Director of Operations
Health Innovation Network (HIN)

Rebecca has spent much of her career working across the NHS and social care organisations, leading large scale transformational change. She currently works at the Health Innovation Network, the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for south London, accelerating the adoption of innovation and best practice in the health and care system. In 2019 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research alternatives to institutional care for older people in Japan and New Zealand, and to bring back that learning to the UK.

Anne Livingstone

Director of Projects and Research
Global Community Resourcing

Over the last 35 years, Anne has worked directly in the areas of research in the primary health, service development, policy reform, service management and in the community service sector with a particular focus in community-based care. Anne has represented Australia on several International Standards Organisation (ISO) Committees. She is currently involved in 11 Standard Committees including Smart Cities, Ageing Societies, Ageing Workforce, Dementia Inclusive, Sustainable Cities and Communities and Convenes ISO/TC 314 TG 02. 

Sheila Mackintosh

Housing Consultant
Visiting Fellow, University of the West of England

Sheila Mackintosh is an academic and housing consultant.  She has been commissioned by a range of organisations including central government, local authorities, housing associations, voluntary sector, and manufacturers.  She focusses on finding evidence and practical solutions to improve services to help people remain living independently in their own homes in the community.  

Mac MacLachlan

Professor of Psychology and Social Inclusion, and Co-director of the ALL (Assisting Living & Learning) Institute
Maynooth University

Mac MacLachlan is Professor of Psychology and Social Inclusion, and Co-director of the ALL (Assisting Living & Learning) Institute at Maynooth University, Ireland. He is the National Clinical Lead for Disability Services in the HSE (Irish Health Service); Research & Innovation Lead for WHO’s Global Collaboration on Assistive Technology (GATE) programme; and Coordinator of the H2020 project, SHAPES.

John Mathers

British Design Fund

John has been working for forty years in the brand and design industry, most recently as CEO of the Design Council

In 2017 he co-founded The British Design Fund, a venture capital fund supporting well-designed British product start-ups. He also works with the UK government advising on how to integrate design into the Healthy Ageing Grand Challenge and is a co-founder of the Design Age Accelerator.


Chief Executive
The Third Age Trust

Sam Mauger has worked for over 23 years in the areas of Health, Wellbeing and Voice with and for older people. Sam’s experience includes as CEO for Age UK London, Co-Chair of the Age England Association, Chair of City of London Healthwatch and Chair of the London Voluntary Sector Forum. Sam is a trained Mediator.

Peter Maxwell

Director of Design
London Legacy Development Corporation

Peter is currently the Director of Design at London Legacy Development Corporation, leading the architecture, masterplanning and public realm for the regeneration and development of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This includes a new cultural and education quarter and four neighbourhoods encompassing 5500 homes. He is an architect and town planner.

Iain McKinnon

Director – Inclusive Design
Global Disability Innovation Hub

Iain McKinnon is co-founder and Director - Inclusive Design at Global Disability Innovation Hub, an organisation born out of east London’s Paralympic legacy. Originally trained in Product Design Engineering, since 2005 Iain’s focus has been inclusive design of the built environment. His ambition, to make designers and decision makers appreciate the value good inclusive design brings to us all.

Joy Melnikow

Director of Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
Professor, Family and Community Medicine, University of California, Davis

Dr. Melnikow is a family physician whose research focuses on screening and prevention, access to care, outcomes in behavioral health care, and evidence synthesis to inform policy. She was a member of the US Preventive Services Task Force from 2009-12 and the Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force in 2012. 

Jeremy Myerson

Helen Hamlyn Professor of Design
Royal College of Art

Jeremy Myerson is a design writer and academic. He holds the Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design at the Royal College of Art and is Director of the WORKTECH Academy, a global knowledge network exploring the future of work and workplace. He is also a Visiting Professorial Fellow in the Oxford Institute for Population Ageing, University of Oxford.

David Orr

Clarion Housing Association

David is a hugely experienced leader in both executive and non-executive roles including over 13 years as Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation. He is a past president of Housing Europe and is currently Chair of Clarion Housing Association, the UK’s largest. He also chairs the influential Good Homes Inquiry for the Centre for Ageing Better. 

Manisha Patel

Senior Partner

Manisha Patel is a Senior Partner at PRP, the UK’s no.1 architectural practice for housing. She has developed innovative multigenerational typologies and led prestigious projects including Chobham Manor for the LLDC. She is a Mayor of London Design Advocate, a design advisor for Transport for London and on the Review of Industrial Intensification panel and the Housing Standards Review panel.

Paul Quinn

Director of Regeneration
Clarion Housing Group Limited

Paul has worked in social housing and urban regeneration for over 30 years running regeneration projects, developing a number of innovation centres and overseeing planning for urban extensions. He currently manages Clarion Housing Group’s multi billion pound regeneration programme, focussing on investing and improving homes and communities throughout the UK. 

Paul Smith

Foundations UK

Paul Smith is on a mission to improve how home adaptations are provided. Trained as a Building Surveyor, he has a unique 25 year background in building design, grant administration, policy development and commissioning. Paul is now the Director of Foundations, the national body for Home Improvement Agencies in England.

Ian Spero

Agile Ageing Alliance

A social entrepreneur with a deep knowledge of business innovation, Ian Spero believes in the power of collaborative R&D to drive change. In a world where social networks are leading to a pandemic of loneliness, AAA is focussed on reimagining neighbourhoods, the settings where older adults can socialise and achieve a sense of purpose.

Dan Stepney

Director and co-founder
Redgear Solutions Ltd

Dan has a passion for helping people reach their full potential in all aspects of life. Over the last few years he has focused his time on mental health and care. With RGS Care, Dan leverages environmental data to ensure people are living more independently, for longer.

Nathan Taylor

Technical Programme Manager
ISO Central Secretariat

Nathan Taylor is a Technical Programme Manager at the ISO Central Secretariat in Geneva. Prior to joining ISO in 2019, he led trade facilitation programmes through the developing world with the World Customs Organization, and previously served in Canada’s diplomatic service with work in Ukraine, Pakistan and Afghanistan. He holds a MA in Political Economy and a BA in International Development.

Andrew White

Vice President, Solutions Engineering

After joining data analytics firm PredictX in 2009, Andrew has played a central role in setting up and developing the company’s Retail, Insurance and Integrated Health & Social Care solutions. In the last two years, he has taken on a larger role within the company as the Vice President of Solutions Engineering. 

Dave Young

Deputy Business Development & Resilience Manager
Sunderland City Council

With nearly 30 years in delivering and improving Sunderland’s public infrastructure, Dave is currently managing the Social Health Enabling Independent Living App project aimed at using Technology as an enabler to help individuals to remain independent and safe at home. This isn’t any ordinary I.T. implementation, Sunderland have worked with a software developer to build a fit for purpose solution, which meets the needs of care recipients, family carers and care professionals and which can be adopted at a city scale.

Nele Zgavc

Committee Manager
ISO/TC 314 Ageing Societies

Nele Zgavc is the committee manager for ISO/TC 314 Ageing Societies. Since 2015, she has been working in standards development for the British Standards Institution. Following the launch of the technical committee for ageing societies in January 2018 she has been supporting the experts to set-up a work programme and providing guidance on the procedures of international standards development. Over the years her standards portfolio has been mainly focused on the healthcare, medical device and human resource sector.  

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