Lucy Harmer has led the strategic development and delivery of national services for older people in the charity sector for over 12 years. She has a particular focus on how information and advice can support older people and their families to resolve issues such as living on a low income, accessing and navigating the care system, planning for the end of life, resolving relationship issues and living healthily in older age. Lucy also has expertise on the impact of loneliness for older people and the services that can help combat this. She is an experienced media spokesperson and has represented Independent Age on national television, national and local radio, as well as consumer and trade media and magazines.
George leads the policy development, government relations, campaigns and wider external influencing activities at Independent Age.
Prior to joining Independent Age, George held senior positions at Alzheimer’s Society, British Red Cross and Action for Children. He was instrumental in the creation of the Dementia Friends dementia awareness programme and dementia friendly communities, which is now the fastest growing social movement in England and has advised a number of charities on the development of their service and support models.
He specialises in organisational and cultural change and has written extensively on a variety of social policy issues, as well as leading a number of successful influencing campaigns. George also spearheaded the development of family intervention projects across England and expansion of home from hospital services for the elderly and has worked in Parliament and Whitehall as a civil servant. He has been a member of a number of government and NHS advisory groups under Labour, Conservative and Lib-Dem Coalition and Conservative administrations.