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David Hobman Annual Lecture

An annual lecture hosted by Age UK and the Institute of Gerontology at King's College London.

The Annual Lecture was set up in memory of David Hobman CBE, who was the first director of Age Concern England and Chairman of the Age Concern Institute of Gerontology at King's College London, set up in 1986.

It is a long-standing event held jointly by Age UK and the Institute of Gerontology, and each year a distinguished guest speaker is invited to present a lecture on a topic affecting older people.

Annual Lecture 2018

Spirituality and Ageing

The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, Bishop of London delivered the Annual Lecture on the theme of spirituality and ageing. The Lecture took place at King’s College London on Monday 19 November 2018.

Dame Sarah, a former nurse, had a distinguished service in the NHS before ordination, culminating in her appointment as the government’s Chief Nursing Officer for England in 1999, when she was the youngest person to be appointed to the post. She was ordained in 2001 and was consecrated as Bishop in July 2015 as only the fourth Woman Bishop in the Church of England and was Bishop of Crediton from September 2015 to March 2018. Dame Sarah became Bishop of London in April 2018.

She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2005 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to nursing and midwifery.

Dame Sarah is an alumna of King’s College London and before her ordination was Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Patient Experience for England.

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Past lectures

David Hobman Annual Lecture 2017

Annual Lecture 2017

The dementia challenge – past, present and future

Professor Martin Rossor delivered the Annual Lecture on the theme of dementia which took place at King’s College London on Monday 27 November 2017.

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Accompanying presentation (PTT 21 MB)

Martin Rossor is Professor of Clinical Neurology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, and established a specialist cognitive disorders clinic which acts as a tertiary referral service for young onset and rare dementias. Alongside the professor’s speech, there were welcome introductions from professor Edward Byrne AC, President & Principal at King’s College London, and Steph Harland, Interim Chief Executive of Age UK.

Thank you to everyone who attended the lecture.

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David Hobman Annual Lecture 2016

Importance of human rights as we age

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC delivered the Annual Lecture on the theme of human rights of older people which took place at King’s College London on Monday 13 June 2016.

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Baroness Helena Kennedy QC is one of the UK’s most distinguish lawyers and an expert in human rights law, civil liberties and constitutional issues. Alongside the Baroness’ speech, there were welcome introductions from Tom Wright CBE, Group Chief Executive of Age UK and Age International and Professor Edward Byrne, Principal at King’s College London.

In her lecture Baroness Kennedy gave a fascinating overview of how human rights law originated and has developed in the UK since the second world war. She examined the specific human rights challenges we face as we age including, undignified treatment in care, unlawful deprivation of liberty, age discrimination in employment and services and inadequate end of life care and gave a robust defence of the role of the Human Rights Act in meeting these. She also recognised the need to strengthen the protection of older people’s rights globally, backing calls for a UN Convention on the rights of older people.

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David Hobman Annual Lecture 2014

The benefits of an ageing society

Lord Filkin CBE delivered the Annual Lecture on the benefits of an ageing society  on 18 November 2014

Lord Filkin CBE 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 hear Lord Filkin's speech in full

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David Hobman Annual Lecture 2013

Social Care - our biggest problem or greatest opportunity?

Baroness Jill Pitkeathley OBE delivered the Annual Lecture on social care at King's College London on 30 April 2013.

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).

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David Hobman Annual Lecture 2012

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

Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE delivered the Annual Lecture on 17 July 2012 at The Great Hall, King's College London

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.

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David Hobman Annual Lecture 2011

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

Professor the Baroness Ilora Finlay delivered the Annual Lecture at The Great Hall, King's College London on 20 June 2011.

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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Last updated: Apr 26 2021

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