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Future Years Forum Members

Shelagh Marshall: Shelagh (Marshall) OBE helped Age Concern develop the Yorkshire & Humber Advisory Forum on Ageing and it was launched in 2005. She has chaired the Forum since its launch. She was the 'Older People's Champion' for North Yorkshire County Council for many years and worked with the Government to enable the voices of older people to be heard by Government in the late nineties. She was invited to be a member of the UK Advisory Forum on Ageing enabling her to bring the voices of older people directly to ministers during the coalition Government.

After 28 years as a county councillor and 13 years as a non executive director on 3 NHS boards, she retired from the Council in 2016 and now concentrates her work on Future Years, the Yorks. & Humber Forum on Ageing. In addition she is an ambassador for the Campaign to end Loneliness.
and is on the Sounding Board for Age UK where she worked for the Campaign against the abolition of free TV Licences. She was awarded the OBE in 2014 for her 'work with the elderly'.

Shelagh remains very committed to doing what she can to help improve the quality of life for older people. When asked how to remain active in later life, she replies, "Keep active, mentally and physically". Covid 19 has been her biggest challenge ever.

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. Since retirement John has been appointed a Vice- Chair of FY and is a Trustee of Leeds Older People’s Forum and of Care& Repair Leeds.

George Wood: Worked in the Health Service from leaving school up to retirement in 2004. The last 21 of those years was spent in York where I was Deputy to the District General Manager / Chief Executive (titles changed over the years).

Both before and since retirement I have been involved with a wide range of voluntary activities in York including spending 13 years as a school governor.

I became a Trustee of the York Older People's Assembly in 2009 and it was through them that I joined Future Years in 2011. I am one of two Vice Chairs.

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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