Bridget Prentice (Chair)
Bridget was the Member of Parliament for Lewisham East for 18 years, including 8 years as a Minister in the Government Whips’ Office and the Ministry of Justice. Previously Bridget had been a councillor and a teacher for 15 years. Since leaving Parliament, she has been a trustee of For Jimmy, the Blackheath Historic Buildings Trust, Chair of Governors of Trinity School and an Electoral Commissioner. Bridget is re-learning to play the piano and loves cats, crosswords and quizzes (and Celtic FC).
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.
Gemma Catnott (Volunteer and Community Hub Manager)
Gemma is responsible overall for operations in The Exchange, our Blackheath hub, including the management of dozens of volunteers. A benevolent influence, Gemma’s pastoral skills are informed by years of eliciting the best from young people especially, as a foster carer in the London Borough of Newham, and for social mobility charity Access Aspiration, setting up inspirational work placements and insight days. This proved so successful, Access merged with the Mayors Fund for London. Gemma works closely with The Exchange café manager in the intergenerational hub, bringing in placements for volunteers of all ages. With a background in corporate sales, Gemma spent six enjoyable years living in New Zealand.
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..
Andrea Hilton (Fundraising Officer)
Andrea joined Age Exchange in January 2018 as Fundraising Officer, implementing a string of very colourful campaigns both online and within The Exchange centre. Her background is in corporate marketing, most notably within the New York publishing industry, developing strategic and innovative cross-platform solutions for magazines including Vogue and InStyle.
Andrea’s grandfather had dementia, so she understands empathetically the impact that it can have on an individual and their carer(s)
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.
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.
Matt Chapman (Administrator)
Matt joined Age Exchange in October 2018 to help with marketing and the promotion of classes, courses and creative arts projects for the charity. He also edits this website, online newsletters and produces digital and printed content for Age Exchange.
Matt has a background in animation and illustration and volunteered at Age Exchange before joining the team.
Sarah Corkery (Digital Content and Engagement Intern)
Sarah joined the team in 2019 as a Digital Content and Engagement Intern and is doing a 1 year placement to help with the digital side/social media of Age Exchange.After studying business and finance Sarah volunteered at a local school doing social media and content. In her spare time Sarah runs her own fashion and beauty blog.
Lydia Thurgar (Development Officer)
Lydia is an occupational therapist with a clinical specialism in dementia care. She has supported individuals and their carers in both the NHS and the charity sector. Lydia has developed and delivered training programmes for health and social care staff, promoting person-centred, therapeutic interventions with compassion and connectivity at their core. Passionate about arts and health, Lydia believes that meaningful, creative engagement has a transformative effect on health and well-being. She also has a degree in English and enjoys classic literature.
Lydia is delighted to have re-joined Age Exchange as Development Officer, expanding the reach of the charity nationally, increasing its beneficiaries and promoting its dynamic model of care.
Anne O’Donnell (Project Coordinator)
Anne is Project Coordinator at Age Exchange/EachStep, Blackley, Manchester. She joined the team in February 2019 to coordinate and support the new EachStep Club for people with Dementia and their carers. She has many years experience of working with older adults and supporting carers in the NHS; local authority and charity sectors. In her spare time she enjoys going to the theatre, travelling and supports Manchester United.
Amanda De Ryk