People

Bridget Prentice (Chair) 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)

Raj Kapoor (CEO) has worked in a number of senior roles during the past 20 years. His background is in commercial training and consultancy. Between 2001 and 2020, he has worked at a number of organisations including as Head of External Training with the National Housing Federation, Head of Commercial Services with Mind and Head of Training & Consultancy with Alzheimer's Society.

At Alzheimer’s Society Raj managed a national team responsible for delivering dementia training across all industry sectors, so comes with strong subject and commercial knowledge. Raj is married and has a 13-year-old daughter. He is also a carer for his mother who lives with dementia.

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David Savill (Artistic Director) 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) 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.

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Piroska Virag (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.

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Marion Moore (Finance Manager) 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.

Diana Cripps (Bookkeeper) studied environmental science at University. She has been a school Governor and scout helper and is now Treasurer of the local residents association. I am never without my knitting, I love reading, good British films and socialising with friends. Live theatre is a real joy. Diana has lived in Greenwich for almost 30 years.

Sarah Corkery (Fundraising Officer) is covering for Rebekah whilst on maternity leave but has worked for Age Exchange before as a digital content and engagement intern as part of the Time to Shine program. I run my own small business where I make my own polymer clay earrings, keyrings, prints and hair accessories. This gives me that creative outlet I need, it also keeps me busy and to own something of my own and build it up! I love silent films, 1940’s-1960’s era film, cinema and visual arts. I have lost count how many times I have watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s! Age Exchange are like a second family to me from the staff to the volunteers and just in general the community feeling. I like to explore new places and love being by the Thames, especially love maritime history.

Rebekah Pink-Hayes (Fundraising Officer - Maternity Leave) 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.

Aga Daldorph (Project Coordinator, Dementia Day Care) 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.

Matt Chapman (Digital and Marketing Coordinator) 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 creates posters, displays and designs leaflets for Age Exchange.

Matt has a background in animation and illustration and volunteered at Age Exchange before joining the team.

Lydia Thurgar (Development Officer) 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.

Salma Hameed (Activity Coordinator - Lambeth Dementia Services).

Trustees

Bridget Prentice
Carolyn Denne
Amanda De Ryk