Profiles of Future East Trustees

michaelMichael 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.

SaraSara Betsworth, Stroke Association and Deputy Chair I am currently the Stroke Association’s Regional Director for the East of England overseeing a small team with responsibility for managing commissioned services, community development (primarily through out network of groups and stroke clubs) and representing the interests of stroke survivors and carers in the region. 75% of strokes happen to people who are aged 65 or over. Prior to joining the Stroke Association four years ago, I worked for thirteen years with the grant making body, the Big Lottery Fund, most recently as Head of Region with responsibility for stakeholder management, programme development and delivery, and regional communications and policy work. I was also involved in the early development of the Ageing Better programme aimed at supporting older people who are marginalised or most at risk of social isolation and loneliness so that they can lead more fulfilling lives.  I am a 51 year old mother  of four (aged between 31 and 9!) and live in Newmarket, close to my mum who is 75 and registered as blind but still incredibly independent and active and something of an inspiration.

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.


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