Core Partners

Age Better in Sheffield is guided by our Core Partnership, which includes older people, professionals, and representatives from organisations across the city. The Partnership meet regularly throughout the year to oversee and direct the development of the programme, to provide governance, and to make decisions that help us keep moving forward.

Alan Carter

Alan has been an Age Better in Sheffield Core Partner since the beginning of the programme in 2015, and he is also an active volunteer in various capacities for a wide range of organisations in the voluntary, community and faith sector in Sheffield. As an independent (co-opted) member, Alan is currently the longest-serving member of the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel.

When he's not busy volunteering you can find Alan at Bramall Lane using his long-time season ticket to support Sheffield United - his childhood team!

Karen Harrison

Karen works in public health as a Health Improvement Principal - employed by Sheffield City Council but based within Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group. Karen has a particular interest in Sheffield becoming an ageing friendly City and she leads on this for the Council. For two days each month you can find Karen on the labour ward at Jessop hospital where she practices as a midwife.

In her spare time Karen enjoys walking (and has recently completed a 26.6 mile sponsored walk raising money for Macmillan). She also has a 15 year old daughter, 9 year old son, and has recently re-homed a rescue dog called Charlie.

Mohan Babu

Mohan is new to our Core Partnership, but not new to Age Better in Sheffield as he currently works at Heeley City Farm as Age Better Project Co-ordinator. His previous roles have involved working with South Yorkshire Energy Centre, Consignia, University of Sheffield, and in the Department for Education & Skills with the Civil Service. Mohan also successfully completed his Masters in Molecular biology & Biotechnology from the University of Sheffield.

Alongside his work, Mohan has undertaken volunteering roles with charities and organisations that offer advice, guidance, emotional support and practical help for vulnerable adults. He also teaches positive thinking and self-esteem courses at Hallam University and volunteers for an international charity affiliated to the UN.

In his spare time, Mohan is interested in nutrition, cooking, coaching, raja yoga, ayurveda and meditation.

Susan Hird

Susan is a Consultant in Public Health in Sheffield City Council, and her post is half funded by NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group. Susan's job involves working with colleagues in the Council’s Place portfolio to shape Sheffield into a place that makes it easier for all people to have good health and wellbeing. With her NHS hat on, Susan works with colleagues across the city to make our NHS and social care services better at supporting people to stay well rather than just treating people once they are ill.

Susan first became involved with Age Better in Sheffield in early 2016 and she has been a Core Partner ever since then. In her spare time Susan enjoys fell running (the muddier the better), gardening (more mud) and also knitting (no mud involved!).

Tony Maltby

Tony is a retired academic with expertise and interests broadly within the World Health Organisation's conceptualisation of ‘active ageing’. Tony has been a Core Partner since the beginning of the programme and is the lead for Sheffield to the UK Network of Age Friendly Communities facilitated by the Centre for Ageing Better. Tony has been an advocate for an Ageing Friendly Sheffield since 2011, now as part of the programme's legacy.

Amongst his passions outside Age Better in Sheffield work, Tony enjoys fell walking, travel, and is a supporter and member of Liverpool Football Club.

Alice Mathers

Alice is Head of Research at Good Things Foundation, the UK’s leading digital and social inclusion charity, who have supported over 2 million excluded people to improve their digital skills since 2010. Alice’s work is driven by a commitment to making society a more equal place for everyone to participate and flourish in. Having worked across the academic and practice sectors for over 10 years, she specialises in participatory research with vulnerable people and forwarding the impact and quality of practice evaluation nationally and internationally.

Alice joined the Age Better in Sheffield Core Partnership in 2018 with a particular interest in helping the programme understand and communicate its impact and legacy through evaluation. Alongside her passion for helping to make Sheffield a place that's inclusive of all people, where we can all age well, Alice loves food, photography, exploring new landscapes, and any way to combine these three (especially when she has little ones who are fussy eaters!).

Tony Blackbourn

Tony has been an Age Better in Sheffield Core Partner since the beginning of the programme. Over the years, Tony has been involved in a vast amount of volunteer roles and he has brought the expertise from these experiences to support the development of Age Better in Sheffield.

In addition to his many voluntary roles, Tony has a passion for Sheffield History.