Webinar: How to become an age-friendly employer

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How to become an age-friendly employer

This webinar was held on 23rd November 2021

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What are best practices for age-friendly employers? The workforce is ageing and older workers now make up a large proportion of the workforce. Yet, in a workingwise.co.uk survey, 46% of over 50s said they had faced age discrimination, with 73% saying employers don’t appreciate their experience.

As part of National Older Workers Week, sponsored by QA Ltd, we will be drawing on best practice, we will identify how to eliminate bias in the recruitment process and we will review, with leaders in this field, the best policies and practices that attract, support and retain older workers.


Our panel brings years of experience of working with employers and older workers.

David Blackburn, Chief People Officer, Financial Services Compensation Scheme

David Blackburn

David Blackburn from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme is one of the most awarded HR professionals working in the UK today and listed as one the top 100 HR Directors in the World in the HRD Global 100 2021. Passionate about older workers, and with a number of policies and initiatives, David will be sharing what is working within their organisation to attract and retain this demographic.

Judith Wardell, Time of Your Life

Judith Wardell

Judith Wardell from the Time of Your Life works employers on midlife MOTs and has a in-depth understanding of the challenges older workers face within the workplace. She is also an expert in upskilling, what is needed to help people engage with training and development and what older workers typically need to aid learning.

Sana Ahmed, Senior People Partner, QA Ltd

_Sana Ahmed

Sana Ahmed is a Senior People Partner at QA, where she advises and partners with senior business stakeholders in developing people solutions supporting the delivery of the business’s strategic objectives. Sana has over 13 years of HR experience working across the tech, FMCG and manufacturing sectors in business partnering and COE roles in global/matrix structures. Her experience spans across various HR domains such as Talent Management, Compensation & Benefits, Employee Relations and Change Management which she has built working in the UK and India and partnering with businesses and teams in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

Louise Stibbs, Apprenticeship Development Officer, Clarion Housing 

Louise works within Jobs and training at Clarion Futures, where they support our Clarion residents (and none residents) in education, training and supporting them through their day to day lives. Her role is working with individuals looking to either start a new career, or at the beginning of their careers and taking the Apprenticeship route. She works closely with businesses to support them in developing their current staff; as well as working with them to incorporate Apprenticeship opportunities within their businesses which are tailored to all.

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Gillian Nissim, Founder of WM People

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