Brighton & Hove Older People's Council

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Brighton and Hove OPC members 2012 :
   Marion, Francis, Penny, Jack, John, Val, Janet
Colin,   Mike,     Harry,       Peter
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Colin Vincent

Colin Vincent (Chair)

Hollingdean & Stanmer and Moulsecoomb & Bevendean

Colin has an interest in Social Care, an issue of primary concern to the elderly and those approaching that period of their life in the city. He expects to utilise his life experiences through work in the private, public and voluntary sectors by contributing to the advancement of the interests of the elderly citizens of Brighton & Hove and in particular those who reside in Patcham & Withdean.
Penny Morley

Penny Morley (Secretary)

Hanover and Elm Grove, Preston Park, St Peters and North Laine

I was born in Brighton and went to Sussex University. I have lived in the Roundhill area of Brighton for over 30 years. I have worked in the private, public and voluntary sectors so have had wide employment experience in a number of sectors. Before retiring I was a trade union researcher commuting to London on a daily basis.
I support women’s equality and was co-opted onto the Older Peoples Council in January 2012 and was pleased to be able to increase the representation of older women on the committee. I have participated in all of the OPC’s activities and public meetings since joining the Committee. These included raising concerns about local transport, housing and planning issues, care home funding and availability. I have also provided input to a number of Brighton Council consultations which included the local Waste strategy and Corporate plan.
Lynne Shields

Lynne Shields (Vice Chair)

East Brighton, Queens Park

I have been a Brighton resident since 1969. I have a degree in Ceramics and Social Policy and Administration and have maintained a keen interest the arts and health / social care.
I am particularly interested in the ways in which our support groups for older residents (State, Council, private and voluntary) are working together to minimise the detrimental effects of reduced funding in a time of increased need.
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John Cook (Treasurer)

Co-opted - Patcham

John was co-opted in 2016.Details to be posted in due course.
Mike Bojczuk

Mike Bojczuk

Central Hove & Westbourne

Mike was born in Oldham and studied at Essex, Canterbury and Reading. He spent 10 years teaching Chemistry and Sciences before switching to a career in computing where he has worked for computer manufacturers, software providers and Central Government as a programmer, project manager and consultant. Retiring in 2015 after eight years working for a Housing Group in London, he hopes to use his experience to improve communications and make the work of the OPC more widely known, and also to better organise how the OPC manages the work it does. In the past years he has done this through maintaining the web site, letters to the press, campaigning on issues such as Active Ageing & becoming an Age Friendly City, and representing the OPC on national forums - SEEFA and engAGEnet.
Jack Hazelgrove

Jack Hazelgrove

North, South Portslade, Wish

Jack spent a career in teaching specialising in social work studies, special education and government and politics. His principle interests on the OPC are transport (he chairs the Central Sussex branch of Bus Users UK); housing and health and social care. His leisure interests include supporting Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, learning Italian and attending films at the Duke of Yorks Cinema.
Francis Tonks

Francis Tonks

Rottingdean Coastal & Woodingdean

Born in York and studied in Leeds Francis lives in Central Brighton with wife Jean. He taught in Moulsecoomb and at Brighton Technical College and retired after being Departmental Head at East Ham College of Technology in East London. Francis is a former Councillor for Moulsecoomb and Bevendean and serves as a Governor for Falmer High School and is a member of the management committees of Bridge Community Centre and the Pensioners' Forum. He is currently a member of the city council's Equalities Forum and Community Safety Forum. Interests: Housing, personnel, social care, adult education and the arts.
John Eyles

John Eyles

Brunswick & Adelaide, Goldsmid and Regency

John has a civil engineering and project management background with 18 years teaching in colleges. Born in Barry Glamorgan but been resident in Brighton & Hove for over 20 years. Main interests are environmental, DIY, travel, sketching, writing and helping others.
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Michael Whitty

Co-opted - Westdean

Michael was co-opted in 2016.Details to be posted in due course.