Ageing Without Children




AWOC Board

The AWOC Board oversees the running of AWOC, deciding on the organisation’s priorities and working to deliver our vision, mission and aims


Kirsty has 20 years experience of working in the field of ageing. She began in 1994 running an advocacy and advice service for older people before becoming the manager of Well & Wise healthy living centre for older people in Camden, a partnership of 13 member organisations in Camden. She went on to advise Age UK on social care policy and service development models.  She has been a freelance consultant and trainer since 2007 working with third sector organisations, mostly on redesigning services for older people and making them more sustainable. She is also in the process of setting up a social enterprise called manAGEing through sport to help tackle loneliness and unwanted isolation in older men. She is married and childless.


Natalie Kontarsky is Legal & Business Affairs Director of publisher’s Thames & Hudson and runs her own Publishing Consultancy. She is also a director and the manager of her local farmers’ market which is run as a community interest company and has won many awards, including the national FARMA Community Market of the Year. Natalie is a member of Gateway and an alumni of its Plan B programme. As a singe, childless woman she is particularly interested in the challenges and opportunities of ageing without children.


Jason Bergen has worked with charities, local government and charitable funders over the past 25 years in Canada, Asia and the UK in practice, policy and communications in the areas of equalities, ageing, poverty and migration. He is a member of the Connected Care Network, co-edited the Click Guide to Ageing Well in 2017, and supported the development of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s ‘Transitions in Later Life’ Programme.


Anne Hills started her career in computing, spending 20 years as an IT trainer before moving into financial services in 2008. She is qualified as a Chartered Financial Planner, a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society, an accredited member of the Society of Later Life Advisers and an Affiliate of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners. She specialises in providing financial advice to those who have lost, or are losing capacity to manage their own affairs through age, accident or illness, or those who have lacked capacity from birth. She works with the client, their family and legal representatives to build a financial strategy, considering current circumstances, income and expenditure changes over time and the impact of these on accumulated assets. Anne lives in Frome, in the house she grew up in, with her husband Martin.


Christopher currently works in the HIV charity sector within an NHS HIV Clinic in East London. He previously had a successful 20 year career working in the City of London as an IT professional. He is passionate about volunteering and community engagement and is associated with a number of charities in different roles. He is a new addition to the AWOC board and hopes to create links and develop networks with many organisations.  Christopher is particularly interested in LGBT issues and works to improve the lives of the ageing LGBT populuation.


Jenny Collieson is an information professional, project manager and social care specialist with over 25 years experience of developing knowledge-based resources for practitioners, researchers, commissioners, user of services and carers. She has a strong interest in social care/social work research, positive ageing and the well-being of older people (particularly those in more marginalised groups), dementia and innovative practice in residential care.

Jenny has just finished working for the Social Care Institute for Excellence where she spent 7 years leading projects on a wide range of commissioned work relating mainly to older peoples services and support. She managed SCIE’s research database, Social Care Online and was responsible for developing resources to support preventative, asset-based approaches to adult social care. Her most recent work for SCIE and Social Care Wales was a report on preventative services for carers in Wales, and she is also a member of the Institute of Welsh Affairs Health and Social Care Group. Jenny currently lives in London but is relocating to York this summer and is a member of the York AWOC Group.


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