How we work

The Ageing Hub is a partnership of organisations across the public, voluntary and community and private sector, working to make Greater Manchester a great place to grow older.

By bringing together research and innovation with policy and practice, we promote evidence-based decision making to improve the lives of older people in our city region. Greater Manchester is fortunate to have some of the world’s leading experts on ageing in its universities, and we work closely with academic partners across our work.  

We have a strategic partnership with the Centre for Ageing Better, a charitable foundation, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, to develop and share innovative approaches to tackling social, economic and health inequalities in later life. Since 2016, our joint working has included age-friendly transport, housing and employment.

Governance

Councillor Amanda Chadderton is the Portfolio Lead for Age friendly GM and Cabinet Member for Equalities, Inclusion and Cohesion. Sara Todd, Trafford Council, is our Chief Executive lead. 

Executive group

The Ageing Hub executive group provides strategic direction and accountability for the Age-Friendly Greater Manchester strategy and oversees the work of the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub team. Chaired by the lead Chief Executive for Age-Friendly and Equalities, the executive group includes representatives from:

  • Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

  • Greater Manchester Combined Authority

  • The University of Manchester

  • Transport for Greater Manchester

  • Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO)

  • Manchester Museum

  • Centre for Ageing Better

Core team

The Ageing Hub’s core team is part of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Public Service Reform directorate. Bringing together experience from local government, academia, policy, research and community development, we bring an ageing lens to the work of GMCA and partners.

  • Paul McGarry - Assistant Director/Head of Greater Manchester Ageing Hub 

  • Jo Garsden - Programme Manager

  • Joe De Paola - Project Officer

  • Nicola Waterworth - Strategic Programme Lead, Ageing in Place Pathfinder project 

  • Beth Mitchell - Ageing Well Programme Manager

  • Philip Bradley - Programme Lead

  • Lauren Foster - Project Manager, Ageing in Place Pathfinder project

  • Sandaru Weerasinghe - Lead Analyst, Ageing in Place Pathfinder project  

  • Sarah Day, Lead Analyst - Ageing in Place Pathfinder project 

Age friendly Greater Manchester Wider team

We work we work in partnership with the ten Greater Manchester councils, meeting quarterly to monitor progress with age-friendly local plans. Six of our councils are officially accredited as age-friendly by the World Health Organization (Bolton, Manchester, Salford, Stockport, Trafford and Wigan). Each council has a nominated lead officer and an elected member with responsibility for age-friendly work. 

The Ageing Hub core team works with a wider team of associates and partners on issues around ageing including:

International networks

The Ageing Hub core team works with a number of international networks on issues around ageing including: