Who Is Involved
Future Years Forum Members
Mary Catherine Laurenson: Dr. Mary Catherine Laurenson has extensive expertise in health and social care and is passionate about disseminating knowledge in the pursuit of educating people to care in an ethical and holistic manner. Mary is a registered nurse, academic, researcher and publisher and focuses on care of the older person. In her present position as Deputy Head of Department, Health Technology and Perioperative Practice at the University of Hull Mary supports governance, management and organisational structures and processes. Additionally she has a role in developing an enterprise and engagement strategy to support growth and diversification, through exploring new business, research and enterprise opportunities. Mary has actively engaged in the Future Years (Yorkshire and Humber) Forum on Ageing for many years and has made representations at local, regional and national levels to ensure the voices of older people are heard and addressed. Older people's voices have also been systematically drawn into learning and teaching of healthcare students to enable them to recognise the value of older people in society. Mary can be contacted by email on email@example.com A sample of publications include (Mary is happy to forward papers):
Paul Russell: Paul represents the Regional TUC Retired Members Forum of which he is the Convenor. He is also Secretary of the Yorkshire and Humber Pensioners’ Convention, and represents his own union, (UCU), retired members both regionally and on the Council of the National Pensioners Convention. At a local level, he is a committee member of Bradford and District Senior Power. Paul has particular concerns about pensioner poverty, specifically in relation to the inadequacy and unfairness of the current state pension, and the attacks on public and private sector occupational pensions. He is also committed to seeking improvements in the provision of and health and social care for older people, and the creation of a free unified health and social care service for all funded by general taxation. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Wendy Cox: Wendy is the housing action officer for Care and Repair England, a charity which works to improve the housing and living conditions of older and disabled people. Wendy works across the North of England and brings both expertise and examples of good practice to the table to share with others. She believes that if a person's home is 'right' then good health and well being is supported and independence maintained. email@example.com
Mary Robinson: Mary is Executive Officer for Contacft the Elderly in Yorkshire & Humber and the Midlands. Mary is especially interested in raising awareness of isolation and loneliness suffered by older people. She also believes work to preserve the dignity of older people is invaluable.
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
Richard Palmer: Prior to taking early retirement in 2003, Richard was a member of the senior management team of Wakefield District Citizens Advice with responsibility managing the busy city centre bureaux and the debt and welfare rights projects throughout the district. Richard joined the re-launched Kirklees Older Peoples Network [KOP] May 2011 and was subsequently elected Chairperson and is now entering his third term. During his time leading the Network it has gradually built to become the leading older people's voice organisation in Kirklees. Currently Richard represents older people and the Network at Kirklees Older Peoples Partnership Board; Disabled & Older Peoples Liaison Group [Highways & Transport issues]; Kirklees Affordable Warmth Strategy Steering Group; Kirklees Ageing Well Forum; Kirklees Older Peoples Accommodation Strategy; Kirklees Council & NHS Reader's Panel and the Disabled Go Forum. In addition represents KOP as the older people's voice organisation member of Kirklees Third Sector Leaders and is a member of their Health and Wellbeing sub-group. Richard is part of the Locala Community Partnerships Members Council; Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust; Mid Yorkshire Hospital NHS Trust and Yorkshire Ambulance Service. He also works very closely with Age UK, at a national level as a Forum Member Leader and also with their local brand partner: Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees As well as leading the Network and working for older people who live in Kirklees, he is the current Chairperson of Kirklees Council's Affordable Warmth Strategy Steering Group and is the only voluntary sector representative member of Kirklees Council's Adult Ageing Well Forum. Richard's aim is to encourage, support and assist older people to age positively, have a voice, share experiences and get involved. This gives them a chance to make their views known to the decision makers within the local service providers, the voluntary sector and businesses so they can influence change.
Barry Bothamley: Barry is Chairman of the Yorkshire & Humber Pensioners Convention . He is looking forward to holding this position along with his other role as Secretary to Unite the Union Retired Members York branch .Barry also holds a position on the Yorkshire &Humber T U C retired members forum and Unite the Union NE Yorkshire & Humber regional committee for the retired. His message to all retired people is for you all to join a retired members organisation so as we can fight for the N H S and all the other benefits that we have , we can't afford for our NHS to go private we cannot afford to loose our bus passes or any other part of our benefits. All organisations need more members because the bigger organisations are the more successful in our fight is in succeeding in keeping our benefits.