Profiles of Future East Trustees


Michael Bond B.Sc., FCIS  Age Concern (East)  Michael is a Chartered Secretary who has worked in the civil service, local government, local charities and as a consultant. Has been involved with Future East since its inception. Is a trustee of Age UK Cambridgeshire and some local charities in Cambridge. He has a particular interest in community development and is currently involved in three local projects of particular benefit to older people in Cambridge: the refurbishment of the Cherry Trees Club for Older People to widen its use; an extension to St Andrew’s Hall in Chesterton to provide a drop in facility; and the proposed redevelopment of Milton Road Library as a community hub.

Gerry Calder, Thurrrock and Chair of Future East  A founder member the Thurrock Over Fifties Forum (TOFF) and its present Chair.   Following forced retirement through the onset of heart disease in 2000 this  episode brought a rapid realisation that ageism was evident in the service provision that affected the lives of all older people. To address inequality and ageism in all its forms he began working with TOFF and other AGE organisations.  He believes that being a critical friend and working through participation, , engagement and in partnership with the statuary authorities works best.   ’Better in the tent talking, than rattling the sword outside.’ Using the strapline  ‘Nothing about us, without us’,  Gerry campaigns locally, regionally and nationally towards ‘Strengthening the voice of Older People’.  Gerry can be contacted on 01375 412324.