Tessa Harding

Tessa HardingTessa Harding was Head of Policy and subsequently Senior Policy Adviser for Age Equality and Human Rights at Help the Aged (1996 – 2006). She previously worked at the National Institute for Social Work (1990 – 96), the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (1984 - 90) and for three local authorities (1972-84).

While at Help the Aged, she was a member of the Better Government for Older People steering group, an adviser to the Government’s Beacon Councils programme and to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Older People’s programme. She was on the advisory board of the ESRC Growing Older Programme, a Governor of the Centre for Policy on Ageing and a member of the Kings Fund Inquiry into social care for older people in London. She developed Help the Aged’s Speaking Up for Our Age programme of support for Senior Citizens Forums and  convened the Older People’s Reference Group which advised on the development of the National Service Framework for Older People (2000-01). She was later a member of the Government’s Task Force that helped to establish the Commission for Equality and Human Rights and was a UK representative on the Age

Discrimination expert group of Age, the European Older People’s Platform.  She is currently a member of the Advisory Committee for New Dynamics of Ageing and of the Attorney General’s Equality and Diversity Advisory Group, and has advised the Crown Prosecution Service on its policy on crimes against the older person. She was awarded an MBE in January 2004 and the Alan Walker prize for her contribution to social gerontology in 2009.

She was educated at the Lycee Francais de Londres (1952-61), Keele University (BA Hons 1966) and Brunel University (MA 1977).  She was a Harkness Fellow studying long term care and the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the USA in 1993/4.

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