Conference Speakers


18th October 2018 - International Convention Centre

How is ageing affecting communities differently across the country and how are we responding?

This conference will bring together representatives from the housing sector, academics and policy makers to explore what changes are needed to ensure communities are best prepared to meet the housing challenge.

Confirmed Speakers

Creating an open environment for an exchange of ideas and expertise in panel sessions and workshops, the Age-Friendly Housing and Communities Conference will bridge the gap between those who deliver services on the front line and those who carry out the research that shapes and influences services.

Speakers will join us from a range of organisations including Dementia Adventure, University of Worcester, University of Bristol and Care and Repair England.

Andrew van Doorn.jpgAndrew van Doorn is the Chief Executive of HACT.  HACT is a UK innovation charity, social enterprise and industry-focused think/do tank established by the housing association sector. It seeks to influence and innovate in ways that help all housing providers deliver more effectively within their communities. This includes their pioneering work on Community Insight and Social Value, helping housing associations to demonstrate their social impact and value for money.

Claire Goodman.jpgClaire Goodman is a NIHR Senior Investigator. She is a district nurse by background and Professor of Health Care Research at the Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care (CRIPACC) at the University of Hertfordshire. Her research focuses on the oldest old and how primary health care works with social care and long-term care providers to support this population.  

Greg Shaw.pngGreg Shaw has a science and health administration background and is the Director, International and Corporate Relations for the IFA. Prior to joining the IFA he held senior management positions within the Australian Government in the Department Health and Ageing, including responsibility for the regulatory regimes associated with both residential and community care services.


Jane Vass.jpg Jane Vass has a background in consumer advocacy and ageing policy. She became Director of Policy and Research at Age UK in 2016, having joined Age UK’s predecessor, Age Concern England as Financial Services Policy Adviser in 2006. She was previously an independent consumer consultant specialising in financial services, having worked for Consumers’ Association from 1983 to 1993. As an independent consultant, she authored the Daily Mail Tax Guide for 10 years and helped to develop TaxCalc taxation software.

Kelly Kaye.jpg Kelly Kaye is the Executive Lead of the NDAA. She started with the team as Partnership Manager working together with hospitals to push forward the Dementia-Friendly Hospitals project. The target was to get hospitals to sign up to the Dementia-Friendly Hospitals Charter which provides principles of what a dementia-friendly hospital should look like and recommended actions hospitals can take to fulfil these objectives.

Julia Park_web.jpgJulia Park has spent the majority of her 30-year career as a housing architect at Levitt Bernstein where she is Head of Housing Research. She concentrates on housing standards and policy, and has published a number of reports and three books: ‘Age Friendly Housing’, ‘One Hundred Years of Housing Space Standards: What Now’ and the National Housing Federation’s ‘Housing Standards Handbook’. 

Neil-Revely.jpgNeil  Revley spent his early career in Durham prior to moving to North Yorkshire in 1998, establishing their countywide Extra Care programme. He subsequently became Executive Director of Health, Housing and Adult Services for Sunderland in 2007 until March 2016.

He has been a member of the National Executive of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) since 2008 and Co-Chairs the ADASS Housing Policy Network.

Simon Evans.jpgDr Simon Evans is a Principal Research Fellow with the Association for Dementia Studies. Simon has developed a portfolio of dementia research projects that spans a wide range of topics including housing, health, social care, the arts, assistive technology, communities and green care. His role includes applying for research funding and maximising the impact of research findings.

Robert Means_Web.jpgDr Robin Means is Emeritus Professor of Health and Social Care in the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences at the University of the West of England (UWE).  He was President of the British Society of Gerontology (2012-14) and then Past President (2014-16). From 1998-2012 he was an Associate Dean at UWE with responsibility for research and knowledge exchange in his faculty.


Stephen Potter.jpegStephen Potter interests lie in Artificial Intelligence and the applications of AI to everyday problems. Following a BSc degree in computer science at the University of Durham, he studied for an MSc in applied AI at the Universities of Aberdeen and Paris (V), and went on to complete a doctorate at the University of Bath, investigating the role of AI in engineering design.

Stephen has authored over 50 academic papers of variable quality across a range of fields.

Sue Weston.JPGSue Weston is a housing and social care commissioner, and leadership and performance coach and has previously held a range of roles including HR manager, executive manager, performance manager, commissioner and contract manager in the Local Authority sector. Sue is passionate about the potential for supported housing to deliver preventative services that promote independence and wellbeing, driving forwards partnership approaches to delay and prevent dependency on more intensive services.


Damian Utton.jpgDamian Utton RIBA, is a chartered architect and a Director at Pozzoni, an architectural practice based in Manchester and London (

Damian has many years of experience with the Pozzoni team; creating innovative designs, within cost and programme constraints, for care homes, extra care and assisted living housing and retirement villages across the UK.

Chris Hall.jpgChis Hall MIHEEM, AMIMechE is the health sector lead for the Building Research Establishment (BRE) with over 20 years’ experience creating better, more sustainable healthcare buildings. More recently this has included the impact of buildings on mental health leading to the development of a mental healthcare product standard to be published in 2019. 


Ian Wilson.jpgIan Wilson is a Principle Research Fellow in CRESR at Sheffield Hallam University. He specialises in evaluating housing policy and its effects on provision and affordability. Ian has completed over 40 research and evaluation projects sponsored by bodies, including the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Welsh Government, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and South Cambridgeshire District Council. 

Jeremy Porteus.jpg

Jeremy Porteus FRSA, is Chief Executive at Housing LIN. Formerly National Lead for Housing at the Department of Health, responsible for its then Extra Care Housing capital programme. After leaving the department, he founded the independent Housing LIN, bringing together over 40,000 housing, health and social care professionals in England and Wales to exemplify innovative housing solutions for an ageing population.

Karen West_Web.jpgKaren West is a Professor in the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol.  She is also a Visiting Professor in Successful Ageing at the University of Örebro.  The focus of her work is on ageing and she has led numerous projects on this theme, particularly in the area of housing, support and care. She is interested in the way that policy shapes the ageing experience.  

Robin Miller.jpg Robin Miller is Deputy Director of the Health Services Management Centre. He leads on a variety of applied research projects within health and care, with a particular focus on evaluating and learning from change initiatives. Prior to his academic career Robin was a practitioner, manager and commissioner, and has served as a non-executive director and chair of trustees within housing and charitable sectors. 

Tim Barclay_web.jpgTim Barclay, joined Appello as Chief Executive Officer in Feb 2017 to help the company accelerate its growth in the Telecare Monitoring and Integrated Health Care markets. Prior to joining Appello, Tim was Chief Operating Officer for BT’s Global Government & Health organisation where we oversaw their Future Cities, Digital Health, Complex Bid, Cost Transformation and Strategy teams.

Neil-Mapes-2018.jpgNeil Mapes is co-founder and CEO of Dementia Adventure. He is a Clore Social Fellow, RSA Fellow, an Honorary Research Fellow with the University of Worcester and was selected by an expert panel of judges at NESTA and the Observer newspaper as one of “Britain’s New Radicals” – 50 people and organisations changing Britain for the better. Neil has a background in clinical psychology, dementia advocacy and adventure travel.

Stephen_Hughes.v1.jpgStephen Hughes currently sits on the Board of Housing & Care 21 and has extensive local government experience. He has a BA Hons degree in Economics from Cambridge, is a qualified CIPFA Accountant and qualified Member of the Institute of Customer Service.

Stephen was previously the Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council and was involved in a number of significant property developments.

Sue Adams.pngSue Adams OBE is the Chief Executive of Care & Repair England, a national charity established in 1986 to improve the housing and living conditions of older and disabled people. Sue has contributed to successive governments’ policies concerning housing and ageing. She currently chairs the national Housing & Ageing Alliance & the Home Adaptations Consortium and serves on Dept of Health's Integration Partnership Board. 

Tom Archer.pngDr Tom Archer is Research Fellow at the Centre for Regional, Economic and Social Research (CRESR), at Sheffield Hallam University. Tom has 15 years' experience in a variety of research and policy roles in housing and regeneration. His PhD research centred on the collective ownership of housing, and community-led approaches to housing provision in urban areas.  

Booking your place

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Whether you are an ‘expert’ or practitioner - or someone who is interested in the housing debate, we’d be delighted to see you there!

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