How we work

The Hub is a partnership of organisations across the public, voluntary and community and private sector, working to make Greater Manchester a great place to grow older.

By bringing together research and innovation with policy and practice, we promote evidence-based decision making to improve the lives of older people in our city region. Greater Manchester is fortunate to have some of the world’s leading experts on ageing in its universities, and we work closely with academic partners across our work.  

We have a strategic partnership with the Centre for Ageing Better, a charitable foundation, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, to develop and share innovative approaches to tackling social, economic and health inequalities in later life. Since 2016, our joint working has included age-friendly transport, housing and employment.


Andy Burnham

Cllr Brenda Warrington

Pam Smith

Cllr Jude Wells

Mayor of Greater Manchester Age-Friendly Greater Manchester and Equalities Portfolio Lead Chief Executive for Stockport Council and Age-Friendly Greater Manchester and Equalities Chief Executive Lead  Age-Friendly Greater Manchester Deputy Portfolio Lead 

Executive group

The Ageing Hub executive group provides strategic direction and accountability for the Age-Friendly Greater Manchester strategy and oversees the work of the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub team. Chaired by the lead Chief Executive for Age-Friendly and Equalities, the executive group includes representatives from:

  • Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
  • Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • The University of Manchester
  • Transport for Greater Manchester
  • Manchester Museum
  • Centre for Ageing Better
  • Executive group

Core team

The Ageing Hub’s core team is part of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Public Service Reform directorate. Bringing together experience from local government, academia, policy, research and community development, we bring an ageing lens to the work of GMCA and partners.

  • Paul McGarry - Assistant Director, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • Nicola Waterworth - GM Partnership Manager, Centre for Ageing Better
  • Jo Garsden - Programme Manager
  • Rebecca Lines - Project Officer
  • Tracey Annette - Project Manager
  • Jason Bergen - Consultant, Age-friendly Culture and Creativity

Greater Manchester councils

We work we work in partnership with the ten Greater Manchester councils, six of whom are officially accredited as age-friendly by the World Health Organization (Bolton, Manchester, Salford, Stockport, Trafford and Wigan). Each council has a nominated lead officer and an elected member with responsibility for age-friendly work. 

The Ageing Hub core team works with a wider team of associates and partners on issues around ageing including:

International networks

The Ageing Hub core team works with a number of international networks on issues around ageing including:

·         Eurocities

·         World Health Organisation Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities