Wednesday 22 March 2017
Work and Wellbeing in an Ageing Society - A British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture featuring Dame Carol Black

British Council in Partnership with Newnham College, University of Cambridge


Work and Wellbeing in an Ageing Society

A British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture featuring Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMedSci, Principal, Newnham College Cambridge

About the Lecture:

Work and Wellbeing in an Ageing Society

Historically-low birth rates, and increasing life expectancy, mean that populations around the world are ageing.Society needs the maximum number of productive years from as many people as possible, as those not working depend on the others.We need the ratio of earners and wealth-generators to dependants (children, pensioners, unemployed, sick) to be as high as possible.Relying on greater use of energy, machines and robots might well bring its own problems.

Being sufficiently healthy is a condition for work, and spending long periods alive but unwell is no fun for anyone.So maximising healthy life as a proportion of total life is a desirable goal for individuals, society and the economy.

How do we achieve all this ?

Timings and Location:

The lecture will take place at 6.30 p.m. on Wednesday 22 March. Location is the Living Room, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429. Directions can be found here

6.00 p.m. - Arrival and Registration

6.30 p.m. - Dame Carol Black to commence lecture

7.15 p.m. - Question and Answer Session

7.30 p.m. - Networking Reception

8.30 p.m. - Event to close


About Dame Carol Black


Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMedSci is Principal of Newnham College Cambridge and Expert Adviser on Health and Work to NHS England and Public Health England.She chairs the Board of Think Ahead, the Government’s new fast-stream training programme for Mental Health Social Workers, and the RSSB’s Health and Wellbeing Policy Group.She is a member of the Welsh Government’s Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales and Bevan Commission on health in Wales, the board of UK Active, Rand Europe’s Council of Advisers, PwC’s Health Industries Oversight Board, and the Advisory Board of Step up to Serve. As Principal of Newnham she is on several committees in Cambridge University, for example the Advisory Board of the Centre for Science and Public Policy, and is one of the Deputy Vice-Chancellors.

In November 2011 when National Director for Health and Work she completed as Co-Chair an independent review for the UK Government of sickness absence in Britain.The recommendations of this report are now being put in place, with for example a national Fit for Work Service.She is now finishing a further independent review for the Government, of employment outcomes of addiction to drugs or alcohol, or obesity, and the benefits system.

Professor Black is a past-President of the Royal College of Physicians, of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and of the British Lung Foundation, and past-Chair of the Nuffield Trust for health policy. The Centre she established at the Royal Free Hospital in London is internationally renowned for research and treatment of connective tissue diseases such as scleroderma.She is a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, of the Work Foundation, and of Uppingham School.

In February 2016 Dame Carol enjoyed the experience of being interviewed on BBC Radio’s Desert Island Discs.

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