Roy Sandbach OBE, National Innovation Centre for Ageing: ‘Innovating for an Ageing Population’

The world is ageing. In the UK there is considerable focus on the impact that this is having, and will continue to have, on acute services. However, the broader objective must be to support people to live healthier, longer lives that are meaningful and happy. There are real gaps in this context. To deal with them, we will need to combine the skills and capabilities of government, business, institutions, the third sector and others. This complex leadership and management opportunity will be discussed, with additional perspective on the specific role of the new National Innovation Centre for Ageing, based at Newcastle University.


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  • About the speaker

    Until recently, Roy was Director of the National Innovation Centre for Ageing at Newcastle University and remains engaged with the University. He developed the regional innovation strategy for the NE and has chaired the Innovation Board of the NE Local Enterprise Partnership.

    Roy spent 31 years with the Procter & Gamble Company holding senior R&D positions, leading innovation programmes across the world. He has several patents. One of his inventions is a $150 million business in the US.

    Roy is president of the Royal Society of Chemistry Industry Council. He chairs the National Smart Specialistion Hub and sits on the BEIS Advisory Board for Science & Innovation Audits. He holds visiting Professor positions with Northumbria University Business School, Cranfield University and Central St. Martins College of Art & Design, London.

    Roy sits on the regional committee of The Prince’s Trust & is a trustee at the Centre for Life, the leading public science centre. Roy chairs the Evidence & Insights Board for Tees & Wear Reform Prisons. Roy is an Operations Board member for the Great Exhibition of the North 2018. He is a governor at the Beacon School, Sunderland, an alternative provision school.

    Roy was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017 for services to science, innovation & skills.