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Future Years Forum Members

Shelagh Marshall: Shelagh is the first Chair of Future Years, having been an active member of the original Steering Group. She is a County Councillor for Mid-Craven in North Yorkshire. As she represents a large area of the Yorkshire Dales National Park she is a member of that Authority. She is the formally nominated Older People's Champion for NYCC. She is a member of the NHS Overview and Scrutiny Committee. Shelagh is a member of the UK Advisory Forum on Ageing and the English Forum Chairs' Reference Group with links to the Age Action Alliance.  She is co-chair of the of the Age Action Alliance Working Group on Isolation and Loneliness. Shelagh lives in Embsay, a village near Skipton, which has a large number of older inhabitants, many of whom live alone. In the winter of 2007/08 she launched a Fifties Forum which meets monthly in the village hall. When she has any spare time, Shelagh likes swimming, photography and writing articles for journals - about older people, of course! ukfy.marshall@gmail.com

John Welham: Until October 2011 John worked at the Government Office for Yorkshire and The Humber ( GOYH) in Leeds as a Locality Manager for the 4 districts of South Yorkshire. This involved developing wider partnership working to identify key priorities and deliver better outcomes for local people. In past roles in GOYH he has been the regional lead for DWP on later life issues and also worked on regional housing issues. Following retirement John was co-opted as Vice- Chair of Future Years ( FY) , the YH Forum on Ageing, and represent FY on 3 of the Age Action Alliance ( AAA) Working Groups: "Money Matters", "Transport" and "Safe, Warm Homes". He is a member of Care & Repair England's National Older People's Housing Champion!s Network and  Vice- Chair of Leeds Older People!s Forum ( LOPF). LOPF led a Core Partnership that made a successful bid to the Big Lottery Fund for a City wide project to address Loneliness and Social Isolation. In strong competition they secured £6 million over 6 years. Projects are now being delivered on the ground. IJohn is also a Trustee of Care & Repair Leeds and has very recently been appointed a Director of the English Age Network, a new organisation to represent the views and aspirations of older people at a national and strategic level. He also represents Age Issues on Leeds City Council's Equality Assembly and is an active member of a Working Group set up last year to develop an Older People's Housing Strategy for Leeds. This group involves senior Officers from Housing, Adult Social Care and Public Health.

George Wood: George Wood is one of two Vice Chairs. Prior to retirement he worked for just over 40 years initially in Leeds and then in York finishing as Deputy Chief Executive in the NHS Trust. Following retirement he became involved with the York Older People's Assembly where he is currently Chair of the Executive Committee. He is also a Trustee of York CVS and Vice Chair of Governors at the Hob Moor Federation in York where a primary special school and a community primary school came together under one governing body. During the relatively recent past he has become involved in research relating primarily to end of life care at the Universities in Sheffield and Nottingham. He is the lay member of the group who are working on the renewing of the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy for York and for the past year he has chaired the Provider Alliance Board in York.

Mashud Haque: Mashud represents the views of BME older people on the Future Years forum and works to ensure that good practice for black and minority ethnic older people are integrated into policies and activities.

Neil Martin: Neil is a regional advisor in Yorkshire & Humber for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and has previously worked for the Commission for Racial Equality and Department for Work and Pensions. He provides an equality wide perspective on the forum. Neil is particularly interested in social care having worked on the EHRC's human rights inquiry into older people and home care.  Contact:  Neil.Martin@equalityhumanrights.com


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