Centre for Ageing Better appoints new chair

The Centre for Ageing Better has appointed Professor Dame Carol Black as its new chair.

Black will take up the role from 1 May 2019 and provide leadership of the organisation, working closely with the charity’s chief executive, Dr Anna Dixon.

She currently holds a number of senior posts, including principal of Newnham College, chair of the British Library and chair of the board of mental health charity Think Ahead.

As well as her charity positions, Black is an expert adviser on health, care, welfare and employment practice to the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and Public Health England.

Last year, the Centre for Ageing Better unveiled its new strategy ‘Transforming Later Lives’, setting out goals in four priority areas to help those at risk of missing out on a good later life. These areas include health, housing, employment and communities.

Commenting on the appointment, Centre for Ageing Better chief executive Anna Dixon said: “It is fantastic to have Dame Carol join us as chair and help ensure everyone in society enjoys the benefits of our longer lives. Her experience, expertise and gravitas will be a huge asset to us and I know she is absolutely committed to supporting us in delivering our bold vision.”

Professor Dame Carol Black added: “We are living longer than ever before, but we need to take radical action if more of us are to enjoy those extra years. Too many people suffer in poor health, without access to decent care, live in unsuitable homes, in places that leave them feeling disconnected and lonely.

“The Centre for Ageing Better has made great strides in identifying what needs to change. I’m thrilled to have joined such an innovative, impactful and evidence-led organisation at this crucial stage in its work to transform later life.”

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