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Janet Morrison

/public/images/creative_ageing/caas_2015/janet_morrison.jpgJanet Morrison, Chief Executive, Independent Age UK; Co-founder Campaign to End Loneliness UK and Chair, The Baring Foundation, London, UK

Janet Morrison is Chief Executive of Independent Age - a national advice, befriending and advocacy organisation in the UK for older people in need - which campaigns on issues affecting independence in old age, including health and social care, benefits and isolation and loneliness.

As such, Janet is also a founder and management group member of the Campaign to End Loneliness - a coalition of over 1,000 organisations - which has led the way in raising awareness of loneliness in old age and promoting what works to address it.

Janet is also Chairman of the Baring Foundation, the principal philanthropic funding body for creative ageing initiatives in the UK. Janet is a member of their Strengthening the Voluntary Sector Committee and the Arts Committee - which is currently funding an arts and older people program, focussing on the role of arts practice in preventive and care home settings.

Janet was previously Deputy Chief Executive of NESTA - the National Endowment for Science Technology, which has pioneered creativity and innovation in the UK.

Prior to NESTA, Janet was senior adviser on UK Policy at the BBC between 1997 and 1999 and before that worked for seven years at NCVO - the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, where she was Director of Policy and Research.

Janet was a keynote presenter at the 6th annual international arts and health conference – The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing - at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Janet also presented at the post-conference 2nd Creative Ageing Forum at the Art Gallery of NSW, hosted by the NSW Department for Family and Community Services.

In May 2015, Janet chaired a peer-to-peer Policy Discussion, hosted by the City of The Hague, attended by policy makers from the sectors of arts and culture, health care and welfare, at the Long Live Arts European Union Conference in the Netherlands.