Profiles of Future East Trustees

GerryGerry Calder, Thurrock 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. or


Ron Douglas, NPC, RMT, TUC Pensioners Network Retired from the Railway after 50  years  service, I then joined the NPC (National Pensioners Convention.) within the Eastern Region. Also became involved at the same time with Future East as a delegate from the RMT/NPC. Currently the National President of the NPC which I was elected some Six years ago. Still involved with the RMT as Secretary of the London & Anglia RMA Group making me the oldest RMT member still actively involved. Currently the Chairperson of the TUC Pensioners Network which I was elected some Four years ago. Still attend the SERTUC as an observer on behalf of the TUC Pensioners. I attend meetings in Brussels on behalf of the TUC Pensioners at FERPA (Federation European Retired Pensioners Association) at which I was elected to serve both on the Steering Committee also the Executive Committee for the last 10 Years. I have been recently nominated, and accepted to serve on the Ron Todd Foundation committee, working to promote work on behalf of the homelessness people within the UK. I can be contacted on any of these issues on 01206 866564 or 07771480774.

SamSam Sirdar, CAB, NPC I have, in the last 25 years been engaged with diversity, cultural and equality issues with the local BAME communities and with these in mind have served in various manners in the development of Race Equality issues at local and National level working with EHRC (Equality and Human Rights Commission) and local Racial Equality Council. Have served as a Parish Councillor, District Councillor for Sprowston in the Broadland District. Until recently I was on the Board of governors for GT Yarmouth College and a School Governor at my local high and Middle school. I am a Volunteer Adviser with Norfolk Citizens Advice. I am a Regional Area Treasures for NPC (National Pensioners Convention). I believe that the above qualities and that my BME background would make a valuable contribution to future development of the Future East. You can contact me at

May Lalavee  Norfolk Trustee