Kumar Jacob MBE (Chair)
Kumar Jacob MBE is the Chair for Age Exchange. He took this appointment in 2014 after stepping down from the board of Christian Aid as Trustee and Vice Chair. Kumar received an MBE for charitable and voluntary services in the 2015 New Year’s Honours list. In his working life Kumar was Vice President in charge of finance, HR and IT at a computer games development and software company. He now runs his own business consultancy working within technology and the NHS on strategic projects.
Rebecca Packwood (CEO)
Rebecca Packwood (Chief Executive) joined Age Exchange in March 2014. She comes from a background of leadership in the charities sector and in the strategy and performance departments of two London housing associations, and was head of the CEO’s department at the NSPCC. Rebecca believes strongly in the independence of the voluntary sector to be able to maintain its creativity and innovation.
David Savill (Artistic Director)
David Savill originally trained as an actor at the London Drama Centre in the 1980's under, Yat Malmgren and Christopher Fettes. His passion and expertise is in the performance of memory. David joined Age Exchange in 1998 and has almost 20 years’ experience of creating and directing reminiscence arts programmes that enable individuals, and communities to share life experience through visual and performance arts. He has worked regionally, nationally and internationally, alongside many arts professionals, and partner organisations in arts, heritage and education. He is credited with creating the concept of Reminiscence Arts to describe a specific organic link between memory and creative expression. His work with older people and with intergenerational groups has resulted in many theatre productions in care and community settings, as well as exhibitions, documentary films, and dance. David has lectured on his work in the UK and abroad.
Rebecca Ferrari (Community Hub and Volunteer Manager)
Rebecca is the Community Hub and Volunteer Manager at The Exchange. She has been with Age Exchange since 2013 and is responsible for developing the community centre, income streams, and the overall operations of The Exchange; previously she has been responsible for the recruitment and support of countless volunteers in her role as café manger. Rebecca is from a creative background of commercial theatre and film, and was active in the arts in her native Johannesburg.
Piroska Virag (Cafe Manager)
Piroska is The Exchange Café Manager. Since 2016, she has been responsible for the training and development of the café staff and many volunteers. Piroska is the point of contact for Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme candidates at The Exchange. Originally from Hungary, she supports various fundraising ventures for the charity via the café, and is an avid outdoor sports enthusiast who enjoys wall climbing.
Marion Moore (Finance Manager)
Marion is a Cambridge graduate and Chartered Accountant, joining Age Exchange in 2014. Marion has extensive experience working as a professional accountant and auditor specialising in the affairs of small and medium-sized charities, and undertaking financial analysis and advisory work. Marion is also a volunteer and is a Trustee of another local charity.
Malcolm Jones (Arts and Education Coordinator)
Malcolm has worked with Age Exchange since 2000, leading reminiscence arts workshops and projects in care settings and with active elders. He has been involved in directing and writing plays including To Care For and Children of The Great War. Previously Malcolm has set up community theatre projects and worked at the Royal Opera House and the Theatre Museum in Covent Garden. Malcolm has lectured and taught at the V&A, RADA, Mountview, Rose Bruford, The Actors Centre and for Road Scholars USA..
Agnieszka (Aga) Daldorph (Project Coordinator, Dementia Day Care)
Agnieszka (Aga) Daldorph is Project Coordinator (Dementia Day Care) at Age Exchange. She joined the team in September 2016 to support the new Dementia Day Care project for people with dementia and their family carers. She is also a qualified Chair-based Exercise Instructor and a Psychology and Dementia Studies graduate. She has over 10 years’ experience of working with older adults and people who live with dementia. This experience allowed her to offer social activities, companionship and to appreciate the relationships with people with dementia and their families.
Gülen Petty (Fundraising Officer)
Gülen joined Age Exchange in August 2015. Gülen has an extensive experience as a fundrasing manager for national charities, including MS Society and Missing People raising vital funds, extending charity fundraising portfolios and building long lasting relationship with supporters. Before starting to work for non profit organisations Gülen was a senior scientist working in pharmaceutical companies, reseraching and teaching organic chemistry at universities. She has a BSc hons in Chemistry from Anadolu University, Turkey, MSc and PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from University of East Anglia, Norwich.
Alex Mustapha (Administrator)
Alex has a BA in History of Art & English Literature from the University of Sussex, joining Age Exchange in 2013 as assistant to the Operations Director. Previously she was employed at the parliamentary lobbying organization Stonewall, on their campaign to end homophobic bullying in schools. Alex is a vintage fashion writer who has been published by Queens of Vintage, The Vintage Guide to London and Trojan Publishing and sub-edits & writes some copy for Age Exchange literature.
Naomi Cavanagh (Administrator)
Naomi joined Age Exchange in May 2016 to provide administrative support for a project entitled ‘Unlocking our Future’ for our CEO, Rebecca Packwood.
After completing a degree in Psychology with Sociology, Naomi worked in the NHS for 16 years in clinical audit and service improvement/redesign.
Naomi has a keen interest in Art Deco architecture, design and memorabilia.
Kumar Jacob MBE - Chair
David Bland OBE - Treasurer
Amanda De Ryk
Annabel Scarfe MBE