James Lewis - Chief Executive
He holds positions on several boards and was a leading consultant for the Walt Disney Company in Community Affairs; assisting in the establishment of their Programme for terminally ill children and their families at Disneyland Paris. A past Chair of Age Concern in Sutton and trustee of the Elderly Accommodation Counsel, he is now assisting a small charity to develop whilst also serving as a Non Executive Director for a much larger social enterprise.
His achievements include founding a Lloyds Syndicate specialising in travel insurance for the terminally ill and becoming national winner of the CBI sponsored Leading The Way Award in 2002. He has been the subject of an ITV television documentary called Smoothing the Stone and has extensive media experience; largely as a result of his music programme which is syndicated internationally. James lives close to the beaches of Swansea with his family where he is desperately attempting to complete his first book, tentatively called ‘For the earth is hollow but I have touched the sky’…………and yes, he is also a Trekkie!
James also boasts a limited number of anecdotes, including an hilarious story about Michael Bublé’s first gig at Ronnie Scott’s in London that begins “Tell Michael Bublé I’m here…”
Anne Faulkner - Development Director
At Action for Elders, she leads on new project development benefiting older people in communities and care homes. Anne was formerly Director of Business & Innovation at the Good Things Foundation, a charity which has helped millions of people to improve their lives through digital technology. She has advised charities in both the criminal justice and mental health sectors.
Anne is a founder member of the Helena Kennedy Foundation, an educational charity which supports disadvantaged students to progress to higher education, and a Trustee of the Lorna Young Foundation, which supports ethical entrepreneurship.
A former semi-professional musician, Anne lives in Cambridge with her family. In a former life, she played the violin and spent her youth busking on the streets of Cambridge as part of what may loosely be termed a ‘folk and rock duo’, with varying success. On one memorable occasion, after performing what Anne thought was a particularly moving rendition of the Led Zeppelin classic ‘Stairway to Heaven’, a group of market traders clubbed together to pay them a large sum if they agreed to move on and never return to the area.
John Coleman - Communications Director
He has written for a variety of publications and has interviewed numerous stars from the world of music, film and art. His extracurricular activity includes indie club DJ and appearances on LBC Radio. He currently writes for the Sunday Times and has broadened his interviews to include: scientists, politicians and the occasional celebrity chef.
John lives in London with his family and has two children whose varied interests include Dr Who, Sherlock Holmes, Acting, Karate and Lego.
One of John’s ambitions this year is to bring his many guitars down from the loft, as he has become extremely jealous of his children’s increasing musical proficiency on their chosen instruments: the violin and piano.
Vicki Evans - Director of Finance & Operations
Vicki began her career in corporate banking, moving around the sector enjoying various challenges over the years, including Operations and Risk Management.
After wanting a change of direction (and location) since having her first child, she moved into running her own company to help small business with their various Accounting and Human Resources needs. She really enjoys the diversity of interacting with people in these different sectors on a daily basis.
Vicki lives near the beautiful South Wales coastline with her husband and three young children, along with various animals (which increase frequently due to her daughter rescuing a new one each week). As a very busy mum, Vicki still finds time for climbing, horse riding, gymnastics, ballet, swimming, scouting, drama class and trampolining. Of course, a certain amount of these activities involve her children, with Vicki sat outside waiting patiently in her car!
If any free time does arise, Vicki enjoys taking her children on further great adventures and enjoying the local beaches.
David Lipka - Head of Mobility
“I was extremely pleased,” beams David, “as the evaluation also found that people had achieved better balance, along with greater independence by being able to stand and sit independently. In fact, overall they had much greater flexibility.”
David has been teaching professionally for the last 17 years. An advanced instructor with the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain, he is also trained in traditional Chinese Medicine and Shiatsu. As well as offering classes for the general public and running his own school, David has developed a widely acknowledged expertise in working with people who have specific health concerns.
Jeff Parker - Director of Technology and Engagement
Our ‘go-to’ IT guy recently become Deputy Mayor of Lark Harbour, a really delightful town in Newfoundland with a historic link to Captain Cook. This is a remarkable achievement as an ‘outsider’, we just hope that he hasn’t seen the film The Wicker Man in a while!
Tom French - Data and Evaluation Manager
Tom French has over a decade of experience working in the charity, voluntary and social enterprise sector.
He supports people to use data and evaluation techniques to tell stories about impact. He has a particular interest in facilitating change within organisations through understanding and fostering a learning culture.
Tom helps us evaluate our various projects to enable us to measure the impact we are having on individual lives. He helps us to show how projects such as the Balanced Lives Programme make a hugely positive difference to the lives of older people. He collates the evidence that contributes to the wider understanding of how we’re reaching our goals, accessing the impact of our Physical, Mental and Social wellbeing programmes.
Tom is a mathematics graduate and started out his professional career as a teacher. He had a spell as a data analyst in the financial services sector before deciding to apply his skill set to organisations and projects with a social purpose.
Tom is a keen musician too, playing bass, guitar, drums and piano in bands in Sheffield, specialising in ‘dirty funk’ grooves.