Chris Walsh BA, MCIM is himself both a babyboomer older worker and pensioner. Chris has for over 20 years, been active in the age movement, helping older people gain employment and overcome poverty, while fighting ageism and promoting the benefits of older workers and age diversity to employers, the media and government decision makers.
Chris is Chief Executive of Wise Age and was previously a founder and the head of Wise Owls. He is also the Chair of Positive Ageing in London (PAiL) - London's regional age forum, as well as Chair of the UK section of Age Platform Europe - the largest European wide 50+ lobby, campaigns and research network.
Chris has been appointed as one of the two 'age experts' who sit on the Mayor of London's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion steering group. He is a leading advocate of older people led age friendly city initiatives and is working to help make London an age friendly city.
Chris has worked as a senior marketing consultant in the public, private and voluntary sectors since 1986. He developed the first not for profit marketing Chartered Institute of Marketing course, produced the first marketing audit for a local authority, developed successful marketing management strategies for three London boroughs and public enterprises. He was also a postgraduate marketing lecturer at London South Bank University and London Metropolitan University. He also has been a successful fundraiser for both Wise Owls, Wise Age and on behalf of start-ups including a national Sunday newspaper where he was responsible for raising £6.5 million.
He is married and has four grown up children and is now the proud owner of a Border Collie Labrador Pipi that keeps Chris healthy.