The Calderdale Forum 50+ draws on the experience of a number of volunteers, who make up the organisation’s committee.
Anne Cuthbert: A University Degree with Joint Honours in Sociology and Social Policy as a mature student led to a career in the Voluntary sector with AgeUK Calderdale & Kirklees (formerly Age Concern). Anne’s specialism is health improvement and older people. Her involvment with Forum 50 Plus is in order to help facilitate and promote the views and concerns of older people in Calderdale. Anne’s contribution to the Forum is in helping to influence the strategic planning and decision making process of service providers in Calderdale on behalf of older people. Anne currently holds the position of Vice Chair.
Michael Felton: Following a career in Education, finishing as Head of a large comprehensive school, Michael became involved in a wide range of local initiatives. As a Non Executive Director of CalderdalePCT (2002-2006), he developed an interest in older peoples issues and was their Older Peoples Champion. Since 2007 he has been a Trustee of Age UK, as it has now become, and a member of Forum 50+ since its inception. He brings to the Forum experience in the public and voluntary sectors and a range of useful connections. He retains an interest in Education both as a Governor of a Primary school in Calderdale, and in making it clear that education is for life and can be an important part of the experience of older people.
Malcolm Kielty MBE: Malcolm’s involvement in the arena of Rugby League for 49 years is widely known throughout Calderdale, culminating in the award of an MBE in the 2014 Honours List. He is also very involved with Disability Partnership Calderdale (DPC) as a member and former Chair, a co-founder of the Cardinals Wheelchair Sports Club and founder of the Calderdale Community Coaching Trust (a charitable foundation). He brings to the Forum a wealth of connections and networking ability throughout Calderdale. These skills and his experience have been invaluable as a forum Committee Members for the last three years and as Chair since November 2014.
Sajeed Mahmood: Sajeed is an experienced Sales Manager and has been very successful in securing numerous important contracts. The networking skills thus obtained have enabled Sajeed to build a strong sales team with extensive client leads. The resulting client relationships have led to an 18% increase in business renewals for his current organisation. Sajeed is co-founder of the Women’s Activity Centre in Park Ward that works with the BME Community on a variety of health issues including social isolation, diabetic awareness and mental health awareness courses. He brings to the Forum extensive knowledge of the opinions and concerns of some of the diverse society in Calderdale.
Ann Ogilvie: Having a career history in project management/change management I have brought experience to the committee relating to planning and driving forward new initiatives. I currently work in Adults, Health and Social Care at Calderdale Council and have a large network of contacts across the Calderdale Commissioning Group, Calderdale Royal Hospital, Providers, Contractors and the Voluntary Sector. My aim is to support people across the borough to remain happy and safe in the own homes for as long as possible and leading the type of life they wish to lead. I am married with two sons and my hobbies include walking, gardening and, of course, shopping!
Mike Riley: After a career in Banking with Halifax Building Society, Mike was then recruited by Dell Computers to be its MD UK. He has also been involved in helping new businesses start up, as the Director of Leeds Business Venture, and also started and ran a training company, producing a business programme for Radio Leeds, Northern Business, which ran for about three years. After he retired, Mike’s mum suffered from Dementia, which gave him an understanding of just how hard it was to source reliable information and help. Mike joined Forum 50+ a couple of years ago to try and help rectify these shortcomings.
Tony Wilkinson: Following retirement from a career as a pharmacist, working in many areas of the country, Tony moved to Halifax to be closer to his family. Since then his activities have included NHS Trust Governorship, Healthwatch Calderdale Chairmanship and membership of Calderdale Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board. Tony cites “self, but not selfish, interest” as the motivation behind his desire to promote the views of all people in the older age bracket across the wide spectrum, so as that they may best enjoy life with particular emphasis on the NHS and Social Care services.