Ageing without Children is a registered community interest company number 09763558
Kirsty runs AWOC on a full time and at the moment, unpaid basis
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.
Jody is the Founder of Gateway Women, the global friendship and support network for childless-by-circumstance women. Gateway Women hosts workshops, social events and retreats for childless-by-circumstance women as well as a private online community, recently reviewed as the best in the English-speaking world. Jody has also created the ‘Wisdom Circle’ specifically for older childless women now feeling isolated and marginalised because of not being grandmothers. Jody is the author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Rocking the Life Unexpected: 12 Weeks to Your Plan B for a Meaningful and Fulfiling Life Without Children (2013) which is spreading the passionate and compassionate philosophy of Gateway Women around the world. It includes a section on attitudes towards ageing without children. Jody regularly appears in the media and is becoming known as the ‘voice of the childless generation’.
Janice Leeming is the Chief Executive of Age Uk Horsham District and was previously Director of Services at Age UK East Sussex, Janice has over 15 years’ successful experience of working in national and local charities, in both executive and non-executive roles, as well as commercial experience gained in international public relations.
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.
Advisor to the Board
Robin’s previous career included roles as a deputy technical manager and scientific and technical photographer for The University of Manchester. Robin changed careers and his training as a counsellor led him to research into the desire for fatherhood in involuntarily childless men as part of his MA at The University of Manchester. He then followed this up with a self-funded MSc exploring the levels of broodiness in females and males, parents and non-parents. Both these pieces of research have been used as the basis of a play, ‘The Broody Boys’, by the Australian actor/writer/producer Alan Hopgood. Robin is now undertaking a PhD, which explores the lives of involuntarily childless older men. Dr Mo Ray and Dr Emma Head supervise Robin. Robin is a student member of both the British Sociological Association and the British Society for Gerontology.