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Every year, Age UK and the Institute of Gerontology, King's College London host a Lecture in memory of David Hobman, the first Director of Age Concern England.

In 2014 the lecture was delivered by Lord Filkin CBE on 'the benefits of an ageing society'.

The benefits of an ageing society

18th November 2014

Special guest speaker - Lord Filkin CBE

Lord Filkin was a Chief Executive in local government, and then CEO of the Association of District Councils. He then entered the Lords and became a Government Minister.

He has wide experience of strategic analysis and creating new think-tanks and charities. He founded and chaired, 2020 Public Services Trust and its commission on Public Services in 2020 reported in 2010. He then proposed and chaired the Lords Select Committee to investigate the implications of our ageing society. Its highly influential report, Ready for Ageing, was published in March 2013.

He now sits on the cross-benches in the Lords and presently works full time as the Chair of the Centre for Ageing Better to help establish it.

- Visit the KCL website to listen to Lord Filkin's speech in full.

Social Care - our biggest problem or greatest opportunity?

30 April 2013, The Great Hall, King's College London

Special guest speaker - Baroness Jill Pitkeathley OBE

Baroness Pitkeathley is currently Vice President of Carers UK, President of the Community Council for Berkshire, and a patron of Herefordshire Carers. She was raised to the peerage in 1997 as Baroness Pitkeathley of Caversham and is a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords.

She became a trustee of the Big Society Trust for the Big Society Bank in 2011 and was appointed as Chair of the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care in 2009. She has previously chaired the Advisory Body for the Office for Civil Society, the Government Advisory Panel on Futurebuilders and the CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service). She was also the first Chair of the New Opportunities Fund from 1998 to 2004 and interim Chair of the General Social Care Council for its first six months.

In 1986 she became Chief Executive of the National Council for Carers for 12 years, creating Carers National Association (now Carers UK).

Why do we not take older people seriously in the UK?

17 July 2012, The Great Hall, King's College London

Special guest speaker - Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE

Baroness Neuberger was Britain’s second female rabbi and the first to lead a synagogue on her own.

She served the South London Liberal Synagogue for twelve years, before going to King’s Fund Institute as a Visiting Fellow, to work on research ethics committees in the UK.

Baroness Neuberger was Chair of Camden & Islington Community Health Services Trust 1993-97 until she became Chief Executive of the King’s Fund until 2004. She served as a Civil Services Commissioner 2001-02 and was a member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

She is also a former trustee of the Runnymede Trust, and she broadcasts regularly. She was appointed a DBE in the New Year’s Honours List of 2004, and in June 2004 she was created life peer. She also served as the Prime Minister’s champion for volunteering from 2007 until 2010. 

Fairness in end of life care - quality or quantity or both?

20 June 2011, The Great Hall, King's College London

Special guest speaker - Professor the Baroness Ilora Finlay

Baroness Finlay is a consultant in palliative medicine at the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff and team leader for the chronic pain management programme. She is also a Professor of Palliative Care Medicine at Cardiff University. Baroness Finlay is a Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords and was President of the Royal Society of Medicine from 2006-2008.

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