A bit about me

stood_1If you’re interested in this sort of detail, I live in Axbridge, just south of Bristol, and have more children than I can shake a stick at (if I was allowed to); but (fortunately) they’ve all flown the nest. When I’m not tapping immortal prose into my iMac, I enjoy distance running, cycling, blues music, politics and following the mixed fortunes of Bristol City FC.

Part of my life is set aside for working voluntarily on behalf of older people. I’ve been involved in this sector for over 30 years, so it’s a personal as well as a professional passion. I was very proud to be appointed an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours List for ‘services to older people’.

I currently act as the Chairman of the South West Forum on Ageing, the body that represents older people at a local and national Government level. In that capacity I also help steer the activities of the Age Action Alliance, the 800+ strong network of organisations that work with or for older people.

tony watts : camilla, duchess of cornwallI regularly get asked by the media to act as a spokesperson on ageing issues, so feel free to get in touch if you’d like some informed comment. I have also spoken at many at events, including the Pensioners Parliament in Blackpool, and acted as a judge at relevant awards ceremonies – including the WRVS ‘Diamond Champions’ (hence the animated discussion shown here with their president, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall!) and the 2012 Roses media awards, organised by Independent Age. In 2012 I was invited to give evidence at the House of Lords Select Committee on the impact of demographic change, to talk about integrating care.

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