Ageing Without Children




Planning for a later life without children is crucial. AWOCs conference in 2016 focused on this issue and AWOC is also participating in the Transitions in Later Life programme funded by the Gulbenkian Foundation which looks and how people can better prepare for later life

Presentations from AWOCs conference on planning for later life are below

conference summary

Nick Williams photoNick Williams: MHA
Nick joined MHA as Head of Marketing in October 2014. MHAs aim is to eliminate loneliness and isolation for older people by creating communities that care. He was previously Director of a strategic marketing and sales development consultancy specialising in the Financial Services and Mutual sectors following a range of Marketing and Sales leadership roles for a number of leading Life and Pension providers and Building Societies. Nick was also a trustee for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust for 7 years. The charity takes young people between the ages of 8–24 sailing to help them regain their confidence on their way to recovery from cancer.

Nick Williams presentation

Anna Kear square cropAnna Kear: Chief Executive UK Co-Housing network
Anna was appointed as Executive Director of the UK Co-Housing Network in February 2016. Prior to joining UKCN Anna was a development director for Aster Group for seven years and has worked in the field of housing since 1988 since leaving University. Anna lives in Bath in a Victorian terrace with shared garden space for food growing and keeping chickens. As well as being a keen gardener Anna loves to cook for friends, family and neighbours.

anna kear

Patrick Shine

Patrick Shine: Retirement Transition Initiative, the Shaftesbury Partnership
Patrick Shine has 15 years’ experience in advising charities, social enterprises and entrepreneurs, with an emphasis on scaling strategies, leadership development and social investment. Patrick has active links with policymakers, think tanks and academics, focussing on how policy ideas can be made to work in practice.

Patrick Shine presentation

JaneJane Ashcroft CBE: Chief Executive, Anchor
Jane joined Anchor in 1999. She is a Trustee of The Silverline, a helpline for older people, a Non-Executive Director of Dignity PLC and Vice Chair of Associated Retirement Community Operators, representing retirement providers. Jane is also a Board member of Care England, the largest representative body for providers of adult social care and a Board member of the National Housing Federation which represents housing associations in England. She was awarded a CBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to older people.

Jane Ashcroft presentation

Patrick Thomson ageing betterPatrick Thomson: Senior Programme Manager, the Centre for Ageing Better
The Centre for Ageing Better is an independent charitable foundation working to help everybody enjoy a good later life. Patrick oversaw Ageing Better’s first major piece of published research ‘Later Life in 2015’ and leads on Ageing Better’s programme on work and employment for over 50s. As a former member of the UK Government Social Research Unit he previously commissioned and managed projects for the Department for Work and Pensions’ ageing society strategy.


Andrew Robertson (blue background) McClure SolicitorsAndrew Robertson: Managing Director, McClure Solicitors
Andrew Robertson, is a Solicitor with 45 years legal experience covering Court, Conveyancing, Estate Agency, Matrimonial and Probate. He is Managing Director of McClure Solicitors, a legal services company with 10 offices throughout the UK which specialises in Wills, Powers of Attorney, Family Protection Trusts, Estate Planning and Inheritance Tax solutions. The company is partnered with over 40 charities who recommend us for Estate Planning and it raises around £1.5m per month for charities. Lots of businesses also use McClure Solicitors, including members of the Institute of Professional Willwriters, Golden Charter and Financial Advisers. Andrew says “Getting a Will right is not as easy as some may think. You only do it once so it pays to get it right”.

Andrew Robertson presentation


Julie Apps: Age UK Birmingham Volunteer Coordinator

Julie Apps was appointed to Volunteer Co-ordinator for Age UK Birmingham in April 2004. Before joining Age UK Julie worked in Housing and has a small property portfolio in Birmingham in the private rental sector. For many years she worked for Cadbury Schweppes in marketing. Julie is married and lives in Moseley, Birmingham and  is an active member of the local community.

Julie Apps presentation

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