Centre for Ageing Better chief executive to leave after five years

31 Mar 2021 News

Anna Dixon, outgoing chief executive of the Centre for Ageing Better

Anna Dixon, chief executive of the Centre for Ageing Better, has stepped down after five years.

She will leave in June, and said that “the time was right” for her to leave the charity, which works on policy and practice to improve later life.

The Centre for Ageing Better was founded in 2014, and shortly afterwards received a ten-year £50m endowment from the National Lottery Community Fund.

Dixon took over in 2015 when the Centre’s first chief executive, Sharmila Nebhrajani, left the role after just three months.

The Centre for Ageing Better is part of the What Work network, which uses independent evidence to push for better decisions in a range of public policy areas. Other organisations in the network include the Education Endowment Foundation, National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the What Works Centre for Wellbeing. 

Dixon was awarded an MBE in the 2021 honours list for services to wellbeing in later life.

Centre 'enters its next phase'

Dixon said: “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with colleagues at Ageing Better and across a broad range of sectors to make a real difference to people entering later life. 

“I have enjoyed advocating at the highest levels, and overseeing the development and delivery of a wide range of programmes to support older workers, to help improve our poor housing stock, give a boost to physical activity in later life, and strengthen communities and volunteering.

“Our partners in Greater Manchester, Leeds, Lincolnshire and all the Age-friendly communities have been an inspiration, and I know they will continue the work with the team to transform the lives of people in later life across England. 

“It is always a hard decision to leave any organisation but I feel that the time is right as Ageing Better enters its next phase of work.”

The Centre’s chair of trustees is Dame Carol Black, who joined the board in 2019. 

In a statement on its website the charity said: “We wish Anna every success in her future career and are deeply indebted to her for the outstanding work she has done for the Centre.

“Ageing Better will continue its work to make a difference to those entering later life.”

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