Senior Strategy Manager Public Health Manchester, Manchester City Council
Since 2003 Paul has led Manchester’s multi-agency Valuing Older People (VOP) partnership. The partnership works across public and community sectors, and with local residents, to improve the quality of life of Mancunians in mid and later life. The partnership has placed a specific focus on reducing social exclusion experienced by older people living in Manchester’s disadvantaged communities.
Manchester City Council is recognised as a forward-thinking local authority and in October 2009 published, “A Great Place to Grow Older”, a ten-year strategy to create an ‘age-friendly’ Manchester. In June 2010 Manchester was one of nine cities worldwide to be admitted into the World Health Organisation’s Age-Friendly Cities programme.
Key programmes have included the award-winning “Positive Images” campaign, an innovative intergenerational programme and joint work with a range of academic and research institutions.
Paul manages a nine-strong multi-agency workgroup
including local authority, health, third sector and academic staff. Paul is a member of the Working with Older People journal editorial board, was a member of Dublin Age-Friendly City conference Advisory Board and co-chairs the Age Action Alliance UK group
on age-friendly environments. In 2012 Paul was a founding member of the UK Consortium of Urban Ageing, which brings together VOP, Keele
University and the Beth Johnson Foundation.
Paul has had a number of journal articles on ageing
published and given presentations to a wide rage of events including in Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Spain. He has an MA in social gerontology and is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Keele.