Born in Barcelona in 1934, Federico Mayor Zaragoza is Pharmacy PHD from the Complutense University of Madrid and was Biochesmistry Professor at the University of Granada and the Autonomous University of Madrid. He is co-founder of the “Severo Ochoa” Centre of Molecular Biology. He was Minister of Education and Science for the Spanish Government, a member of the European Parliament and Director-General of UNESCO. He was President of the European Research Council Expert Group and of the High Level Group for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. In 1999 he created the Fundación de Cultura de Paz (an organization that promotes peace like the Instituto Universitario de Derechos Humanos, Democracia y Cultura de Paz y no Violencia (DEMOSPAZ) that he presides since 2016).
President of Homeshare International, he is a Visiting Professor of Gerontology and End of Life Care at the University of Bath. He has been Professor of Health and Social Policy at the University of Bristol (now Emeritus) since 1995. He was Professor and Dean of the School of Health and Social Welfare at the Open University. His research and academic interests include social aspects of health and illness, biographical studies, social policy analysis, death and dying and his major specialism, ageing and the lifespan. Of his twelve books and over 160 monographs, chapters and articles, more than half relate to ageing. He is a former Secretary of the British Society of Gerontology and Founding Editor of the international journal Ageing and Society. He is Director of the International Institute on Health and Ageing. His most recent books are: The Cambridge Handbook of Age and Ageing; God, Me and Being Very Old: Stories and Spirituality (2013) and Spiritual Dimensions of Ageing (December 2016).
An economist, Gaspar Mayor Pascual is the manager of issues related to housing and the restoration of neighborhoods for the Local Government in the Spanish Region of Alicante. His experience in subjects related to social housing and urban planning is linked to his activity as professor for different Master’s Degrees and to his involvement in cooperation programmes related to housing in countries like Syria, China, Lebanon and Guatemala. He has produced several publications, amongst which a book on the Tartous region in Syria stands out, as well as others in magazines and journals on urban development, social housing, immigration and disadvantaged communities. Since February 2002, he is Vice-president of a private Foundation dedicated to the attention of people with deep mental disabilities.
Mariano Sanchez, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Granada in Spain and International Affiliate in the Center for Healthy Aging at the Pennsylvania State University, has been technical coordinator of the Spanish Social Network of Experiences with Intergenerational Relations in the period 2005-2012, former co-editor of the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, and member of the Management Committee of the International Consortium for Intergenerational Programmes. He has co-authored chapters on intergenerational relationships in two White Papers on Active Ageing published in Spain. Professor Sanchez co-directs the Certificate in Intergenerational Projects, an online training initiative for intergenerational practitioners. His most recent book in the intergenerational field has been Intergenerational Pathways to a Sustainable Society, published by Springer in 2017, in co-authorship with Dr. Matt Kaplan and Dr. Jaco Hoffman.
A former teacher, Claire was inspired by her contacts with students to set up 1toit2ages with her husband Regis in 2009. Regis, an economist, has been part for several years of Test-Achats, an association ensuring consumers’ protection. But it was through personal experience that Regis and Claire learned the benefits of intergenerational homesharing and its capacity to help elderly people stay longer in their homes with a greater quality of life. That is what prompted them to establish 1 Toit 2 Ages in Belgium. Since then Régis has been President of the association and is actively involved in its development with a group of highly motivated people all working for the growth of 1 Toit 2 Ages. Claire is the Director and has an efficient team of ten people developing the project which is now available in nine cities in Belgium.
Founder of the successful Homeshare programme in Melbourne in 2000, social worker Beris Campbell now works with Homeshare Australia the peak body for HANZA Inc (Homeshare Australia & New Zealand Alliance) promoting and developing Homeshare programmes throughout Australia and New Zealand. A trustee of Homeshare International since 2009, Beris has contributed to Homeshare at the international level through her participation in all four of the World Homeshare Congresses and in conferences of the USA’s National Shared Housing Resource Center. Networking internationally is one of her great interests and has been of enormous value for the development of Homeshare in Australia. Beris was awarded the OAM (Order of Australia Medal) in 2011 for her contribution to homeshare development.
Jae Soon Cho is a PHD professor at the Korea National University of Education. She studied Home Economics Education at the Chungbuk National University, Housing at Ewha Women’s University in Korea and at Iowa State University, in the United States. She participated in the development of national curriculum and textbook writing of home economics education for 5th to 12th grades. She currently teaches and conducts research on micro-sociology of housing and housing education. She has been involved in many formal educational research subjects related to sustainable living as well as in state and local agenda with the conviction that education can make the world a better place for all of us to live in.
Kirby has been the Executive Director of HomeShare Vermont for 17 years. In that role she greatly expanded the program, built a strong staff and board, and transitioned the program to a stand-alone agency with very solid finances. Kirby is the Board President for the US homesharing network called the National Shared Housing Resource Center (NSHRC) which has recently been reorganized under her leadership. Kirby is also on the Board of Trustees for HomeShare International. She has a BA from the University of Vermont.
Chris has been a Director of Grantmaking for the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales since 2008. Prior to this he undertook several roles including working for the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Capacity Builders and the Museums, Libraries and Archive Council. He was Head of Programmes for the New Opportunities Fund/Big Lottery Fund 2000 – 2005, developing and managing UK wide programmes of over £1,000m in value and was previously a Children’s Services Manager for Newham Council in London. In his early career he was involved in working with children and young people.
Since 2015, Deborah has been leading the Shared Lives Plus Homeshare Team to both further develop and expand Homeshare across the United Kingdom (UK). A key part of her role is to support the rapidly growing UK network through the development of new resources, good practice guidelines and a quality assurance scheme in conjunction with helping to raise the profile, build a robust evidence base and support the development of a thriving, safe, effective and sustainable Homeshare UK sector. She has worked in senior Development and Management roles in the Voluntary Sector for the past 20 years and has experience of leading on the delivery of UK and European multiagency projects.
As the Family Based Support Manager for UK social enterprise PossAbilities, Claire Morphet leads three teams which specialize in converting latent assets in the community into a supportive sharing economy. Specifically, this includes Shared Lives, where vulnerable adults mostly with learning disabilities live normal lives in a family setting with trained carers; Supported Placements where young adults who are leaving institutional care or have complex problems, live with semi-independently with a family as they transition to full independence; and of course, Homeshare which is beginning to get off the ground and is one of the Big Lottery funded programmes. The Shared Lives scheme was rated OUTSTANDING by the CQC inspectorate, (a rating given to only 1% of providers) and the Homeshare programme was the first of the UK Lottery funded schemes to achieve a ‘match’. Despite this she acknowledges that Homeshare is an idea which everybody agrees is great, yet making it happen can be an uphill battle. She arrives in Madrid looking for kindred spirits. There is a battle to be won.
Alex Fox is CEO of Shared Lives Plus, the UK network for Shared Lives and Homeshare. Members include 5,500 Shared Lives carers who share their homes and family life with people who need support and more than 170 local organisations. Alex Chairs the NHS England, Department of Health and Public Health England review of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector (www.vcsereview.org.uk) and sits on the boards of the Think Local, Act Personal partnership and NHS England’s Integrated Personal Commissioning programme, co-leading on building community capacity for both. He was one of National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and The Observer’s Britain’s New Radicals. He is a trustee of the Social Care Institute for Excellence, a Director of the Local Area Coordination Network and an advisor for Altogether Better. He was awarded an OBE for services to social care in the 2017 New Year’s Honours. Alex is an Honorary Assistant Professor at Nottingham University, Research Associate at ResPublica and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), for which he edited The New Social Care, among other papers.