Meet the speakers

Professor Judith Phillips. OBE University of Stirling

Professor Phillips is a leading researcher in the field of social, behavioural, and environmental aspects of ageing, who has contributed to advancing the field of gerontology, theoretically and empirically and has guided UK policy and practice on ageing issues. She has been recognised internationally through several awards and was recognised for her contribution to social work/social care when awarded the OBE for Services to Older People.
She has extensive senior leadership experience and is currently Deputy Principal (Research) at the University of Stirling where she is responsible for the strategic direction of research at the University. Alongside her leadership roles she has maintained an active research career and is currently Research Director for the UKRI Healthy Ageing Challenge supporting the aim to help people remain active, productive, independent, and socially connected across generations for as long as possible. Judith is currently a member of the Older People’s Housing Taskforce in England.

Mr James Lorigan, NHS England

James has worked in the NHS for over 10 years, predominantly in service commissioning but latterly moving into economic regulation. He has extensive experience of working with, and commissioning healthcare services from, the voluntary sector. He holds a BSc in Management Studies from Brunel University, an MA in Philosophy from the University of Manchester and an MSc in Public Services Policy and Management from King’s College London.