MHA One Day

The event was held at CENTRAL HALL WESTMINSTER on the 29th FEBRUARY 2016
for a ONE DAY CONFERENCE of talk and discussion to explore why later life matters.

Was hosted by Pam Rhodes and joined by Revd John Bell, Graham Kendrick and Revd Stephen Gaukroger.

Dame Denise Platt
Esther Rantzen
Alison Holt
Anna Dixon
Dame Denise Platt

Having trained as a social worker, Denise has had a lifelong career in health and social care services in both local and national government. She was Chair of the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI), having previously been Chief Inspector of the Social Services Inspectorate (SSI) and Head of Social Care at the Department of Health.

She has held a number of leadership positions in the public and third sectors at national and local level. Past positions include Member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, Governor of the University of Bedfordshire (where she is an Honorary Fellow), and Audit Commissioner. She was Director of Social Services in Hammersmith and Fulham and is a past President of the Association of Directors of Social Services. She is an honorary Life Member of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.

Currently, she is a lay member of the General Medical Council. She is also Chair of the National AIDS Trust, Trustee of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), Trustee of the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, and Vice Patron of Family Action. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the NIHR School of Social Care Research at the LSE.

Esther Rantzen

Dame Esther received an OBE for services to broadcasting, a CBE for services to children, and in the New Year Honours of 2015, a DBE for services to children and older people through ChildLine and The Silver Line.

A graduate from Oxford, Esther Rantzen’s career in broadcasting began with BBC Radio as a sound effects assistant. From there she moved into television as a researcher/reporter for Braden’s Week and then in 1973 as producer/presenter of That’s Life, which ran for 21 years on BBC Television. Esther has made a number of pioneering programmes on subjects such as British women’s experience of childbirth, stillbirth, mental health and child abuse. In 1986 she invented the concept of ChildLine and chaired the charity for 20 years. After the merger of ChildLine with the NSPCC in February 2006, Esther became President of ChildLine and a trustee of the NSPCC. In 2012 she invented The Silver Line, a helpline for older people and having chaired it in its first year, she is now its President and a Trustee.

She contributes regularly to the Daily Mail and other publications, and lectures on children’s issues, broadcasting and is the only Trustee so far to have appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, been in ITV’s Australian jungle and appeared on Question Time while standing as an independent candidate for Luton South. For her work in broadcasting and for children she has been awarded 7 honorary doctorates, and is a Patron of 19 charities.

In 2011 she published “Running Out of Tears” to celebrate ChildLine’s 25th Anniversary.

Alison Holt

Alison is an award winning correspondent for BBC national news, producing reports for the Six and Ten o’clock television news and for the BBC's flagship current affairs programme, Panorama. In 2015 she was named Royal Television Society Specialist Journalist of the Year and was awarded the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils. Her specialist areas include social care, child protection, the welfare system and mental health.

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Anna Dixon

Anna Dixon is the Chief Executive of the Centre for Ageing Better. Anna joined the Centre from the Department of Health where she was Director of Strategy and Chief Analyst.
Anna began her career with the World Health Organisation working as a research officer for the European Observatory on Health Care Systems. In 2003-2004 she worked as a policy analyst in the Department of Health Strategy Unit where she focused on a range of issues including choice, global health and public health. She has undertaken consultancy work for a range of clients including OECD, Monitor, Care Quality Commission, the Treasury as well as advising numerous Ministries of Health including Hong Kong, Portugal and the UK government.
Anna was previously Lecturer in European Health Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2005-6 she was awarded a Harkness Fellowship in Health Policy by the Commonwealth Fund of New York.
As Director of Policy at The King’s Fund she led work on health system reforms, regulation, patient choice, self-management of long term conditions and the future of health and social care in England.
She has a PhD in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE Health. Anna is a lay trustee of the British Geriatrics Society.

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We were also delighted to be joined by singing group BOLDER VOICES. A unique group with ages ranging from 65-95 who write and sing about issues effecting older people.


Identify future trends that you and your organisation need to consider; the societal and individual context of growing in the UK
Learn how to create places where growing older is a pleasure rather than a battle
Understand how we can help people stay connected as they age
Debate the current and conflicting narratives of the over 60's and 'baby boomer' label
Explore how we can enjoy life as we age and become more frail
Source new innovations, suppliers and partners that can help your service users and staff

Network with senior colleagues and peers,
as well as older people themselves.



Registration / Exhibition

Welcome / Chair's Comments. Dame Denise Platt

First Keynote:- Anna Dixon CEO, Centre for Ageing Better

Panel Discussion led by Chair

Second Keynote:- Alison Holt BBC Social Affairs Correspondent

Panel Discussion led by Chair

Breakout Sessions

  • Better Places
  • Connecting People
  • Myth-busting: Making the most of Older People
  • Happy Ageing
  • Faith and Ageing


Afternoon tea & Exhibition

Welcome Back

Third Keynote:- Dame Esther Rantzen Founder of The Silver Line

Panel Discussion led by Chair

Response and closing remarks




Better places

How do we create places where growing older is a pleasure rather than a battle?


Lord Richard Best OBE

Michael Voges Executive Director, ARCO

Jeremy Porteus Director, Housing LIN

Jane Ashcroft CBE CEO, Anchor

Jane Minter Head of Programmes, Care and Repair England

Joy Kingsbury Director of Retirement Living

Connecting people

How do we help people stay connected as they age and prevent disconnection, loneliness and our potentially shrinking horizons?


Marcus Rand, Director, Campaign to End Loneliness

Jane Vass, Head of Public Policy, Age UK

Kirsty Woodard, Ageing Without Children

Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE,

Sue Allchurch, Director of Marketing

Making the most of older people

How do we address the current and conflicting narratives of the over 60s and 'baby boomer' label?


Barbara Keeley MP Shadow Older People, Social Care and Carers Minister

Rt Hon Paul Burstow

Simon Bottery Director of Policy, Independent Age

Lucian Camp Principal of Lucian Camp Consulting

David Willetts Executive Chair, Resolution Foundation

Adrian Bagg Chief Executive

Happy ageing

How can we enjoy life as we age/become more frail and keep opportunities for happiness and fulfilment available?


Prof. Martin Green CEO, Care England

Prof. Helen Odell-Miller Director of The Music Therapy Research Centre, Anglia Ruskin University

Janet Morrison CEO, Independent Age

Pam Jones Chair of The Third Age Trust (University of Third Age)

Anna Marshall-Day Director of People Development

Faith and ageing

How does belonging to a faith community contribute to fruitful ageing?


Ann Morisy Community Theologian, PSALM

Prof. Malcolm Johnson Acedemic Gerontologist, Bristol University

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg New North London Synagogue

Rev. Dr Keith Albans Director of Chaplaincy and Spirituality

Naved Siddiqi Social Scientist & Consultant Researcher

Evening service of celebration

Was hosted by Pam Rhodes and joined by Revd John Bell, Graham Kendrick and Revd Stephen Gaukroger.

Pam Rhodes
Graham Kendrick
John Bell
Stephen Gaukroger
Pam Rhodes

Pam Rhodes cut her teeth in news journalism, firstly as Programme Organiser on Thames Television's network documentary series, THIS WEEK, then as the anchor for Anglia Television live daily evening news programme for seven years. She's featured on a very wide range of television and radio programmes ever since, but since 1987, has been best known as the familiar face of BBC Television's SONGS OF PRAISE. In that time she has interviewed people ranging from The Pope to Dolly Parton, earning herself a reputation as a highly professional and empathetic interviewer.

Pam is also well known as an entertaining after-dinner speaker, and as a mainstream author with five novels and six factual books under her belt.

She is married to Richard Crow and lives with the family at a two-acre small holding in Bedfordshire. It is there that they run BIGGLESWADE CAT LODGE which not only takes in cats while their owners are on holiday, but has also become known for boarding RSPCA animals who need loving care whilst new homes are found for them. So Pam is likely to be cleaning out cat pens most days, or escaping for a potter in the garden when she's not happily tied to the computer by her first love of writing! She also enjoys dancing so is often out ballroom, line or tap dancing - or at modern jive evenings similar to the one at which she met her husband Richard some years ago!

Graham Kendrick

Graham Kendrick has been described as a 'father of modern worship music' whose songs are 'crammed full of poetic, divine, biblical truth' that have 'sculpted a view of God that has impacted generations.'

For more than 30 years he has been at the forefront of Christian music in the UK having written and recorded hundreds of songs, many of which are well known around the world, including Shine Jesus Shine, Knowing You, The Servant King and Amazing Love.

Graham is based in the UK and travels internationally participating in tours, festivals, conferences and training events, as a worship leader, speaker and performer.

He is an active advocate for the charity Compassion International, encouraging audiences worldwide to understand worship as a way of life, and true intimacy with God as sharing in the concerns of his heart and participating in his mission to the world. Compassion operates in over 24 nations and facilitates the support of over a million children.

Graham was one of the founders and the songwriter behind the global phenomenon March for Jesus, which has mobilised millions of Christians to ‘take the walls of the church’ and bring praise, prayer and acts of goodwill and reconciliation on to the streets.

John Bell

John L Bell is a native of Kilmarnock, who lives in Glasgow where he studied Arts and Theology. After spells of voluntary work in London and Amsterdam, and engagements in student politics, he was ordained by the Church of Scotland. For ten years he worked in youth ministry before transferring to concentrate on music and worship. He lectures, preaches and conducts seminars across the denominations in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and in Southern Africa. He is a hymn writer, author and occasional broadcaster on national radio and television, but retains a primary passion for congregational song. He and the work he shares with his colleagues has been honoured by the Royal School of Church Music, the Hymn Society in the US & Canada, and the University of Glasgow, the first and second of which bestowed on him the status of Fellowship, the third a Doctorate.

Stephen Gaukroger

Stephen Gaukroger is regarded as one of the most significant leaders of his generation in the UK. With his very firm & clear grasp of the post-modern culture in which we now live, he addresses its challenge with an unquestioned commitment to Scripture.

He trained at Spurgeon’s College, obtaining his theological degree and pastoral diploma. An additional business qualification gave him an excellent grounding in team management. He is now the founder-director of Clarion Trust International, an organisation which exists to equip the worldwide church for leadership, mission & evangelism.

He is Patron of Viva, working to change the lives of vulnerable children across the world; of Youthscape, working to reconnect the Christian community with young people and make a positive difference to their lives; and of Mildmay, a charity specialising in HIV/AIDS care, education and training in the UK & Africa. He is a Bible Champion for the Evangelical Alliance ‘Biblefresh’ initiative and is the Senior Biblical Advisor for the ‘Friends and Heroes’ animated children’s series, shown on the BBC. He is Vice-President of the Bible Society.

Over the last fifteen years, Stephen has had opportunities to speak to Christian leaders and engage in evangelism in over 25 countries worldwide. He has, for example, travelled to Mongolia to speak at a mission workers’ conference, to Sri Lanka to speak at a pastors’/leaders’ forum, to Australia to speak at leaders’ conferences, to Pakistan & India to be involved in mass evangelism and advocacy, to the Middle East & Iraq working with persecuted Christians, and more recently has been involved in working with believers in Africa, China, Myanmar & Nepal.


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