Gloria Copeland

Gloria is an experienced educator, trainer and advocate who has worked with children, young people, parents, schools, colleges, governors, councillors, policy makers, statutory and voluntary sector organisations and diverse communities on a local, national and global basis.

Following redundancy and sporadic periods of employment Gloria was signposted to Wise Age from Lewisham JCP, where she met a Wise Age Client Adviser, who inspired Gloria to shadow her and work on a voluntary basis, resulting in a successful number of clients being assisted back into employment and training.

Jane Gibson

Jane holds a Master's degree in Technical Communication and has worked for many years as a business process analyst specialising in documentation management, process and project management within a number of change programme environments, including with the NHS, the Insurance industry, and Logistics.

Jane has been working as a positive age employment consultant for over 2 years and has been working in this capacity with Wise Age as a work coach, adviser and administrator. She has found this work to be rewarding and stimulating, working with older people who want to get back into work but who are fighting a work environment that is becoming more and more difficult to access directly. Jane has a strong interest in public policy and decision making and the workings of the DWP and the job market are now top of her agenda.

Hanne Haestrup

Hanne is the founder and Director of Haestrup International, an executive search and career advisory company within the financial sector. Passionate about education and work application preparation she holds career presentations and workshops at senior schools which includes CV and cover letter preparation and interview preparation, skills and techniques. 

Her career started at Danske Bank, Copenhagen, where she worked as a government bond and rates derivatives trader. She moved to London in 1995 to take responsibility for Scandinavian fixed income distribution to UK based institutional clients. In 2001 she joined Hogarth Davies Lloyd Executive Search as a Director in the fixed income practice, developing and expanding relationships in sales, trading and capital markets. She was promoted to co-head of the fixed income practice together with the founding partner. She resigned from Hogarth Davies Lloyd in early 2009 to establish and run Haestrup International.

She started working as a consultant for Wise Age in 2018.

Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy is currently a Director of Wise Age, and trains older job seekers and employers.

Peter has worked with Wise Age and its predecessor for fourteen years and managed successful projects such as Age Works, in partnership with ACAS among others.

He has represented Wise Age at conferences and events in France, Poland, Belgium, Italy and the Czech Republic.

He is a performing musician and composer, and has also been involved in campaigns around LGBT issues. In the 1980s he worked with E P Thompson, Mary Kaldor, Zdena Tomin and others in European Nuclear Disarmament, dealing in particular with issues around Czechoslovakia and the USSR. This track record in dealing with countries which then cease to exist makes him a useful weapon of last resort when dealing with age issues in other countries

Valery Small

Valery is an experienced researcher, trainer and facilitator who is responsible for setting up and running our research programmes as well as leading on motivation and training of older workers. She is a senior trainer within the NHS, currently in charge of Barts Health NHS Trust. She is also a Director of Wise Age.

Chris Walsh

Chris Walsh Wise AgeChris 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 White at Age Platform Europe Annual Meeting Brussels 2019
Chris Walsh attending 2019 Age Platform Europe Conference with other UK representatives.

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.