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 a consultant to organisations such as the Civil Service College and EML Learning, advising the public and private sector, home and abroad on Parliament and Parliamentary Procedure. She is a Freewoman of the London Borough of Lewisham. 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.
Rebekah Pink-Hayes (Fundraising Officer)
Rebekah is a PhD in Philanthropy student at The University of Kent and joined Age Exchange in 2019 after graduating from an MSc in NGO & Development Management. Rebekah has worked in the charitable sector for over 10 years, supporting disability charities in the UK, Ghana, Peru, India and Romania in a variety of fundraising and research based roles.
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 (Design and Online content)
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.
Lydia Thurgar (Development Officer – maternity leave)
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.
Janet Clarke (Development Officer)
Janet is responsible for supporting the work of Age Exchange in Lambeth and in Manchester. She provides support to service users, carers, volunteers and other workers in these areas. In the current situation this mainly involves co-ordinating and facilitating zoom meetings both for individuals and for groups as well as developing a telephone befriending network. She is involved in supporting the development of dementia skills within Age Exchange.
Janet is originally from Sheffield and gained a BA from Middlesex University and an MSc from (then) North London University. She has been involved in community development, first in Housing and then in Adult Health and Social Care for over 30 years, most recently for the Alzheimer’s Society where she was responsible for the Side to Side befriending service for people living with dementia in Lambeth.
Salma Hameed (Activity Coordinator – Lambeth Dementia Services)
Salma is the Activity Coordinator for Lambeth Dementia Services.
Amanda De Ryk