Network Development Programme Hub

The Network Development Programme has been paused until further notice. Click here to find out more.

Welcome to the Network Development Programme Hub!

Here you’ll find all the latest information on the Network Development Programme – the new name for our shared strategy work.

Network Development Programme Paused

As you will be aware, the Network Development Programme Board has been discussing with the Age UK leadership regarding the direction and timeline of the NDP following recent changes at Age UK. Based on those discussions,it has been agreed that the Network Development Programme in its current form is paused.

Although the NDP is now paused, we would still like to receive your feedback on the June Consultation Papers. We know that to many of you this will seem much less of a priority now that the Programme is paused but we would be really grateful to receive as many responses as possible.

The reason we’re still looking to collect feedback is so that we can draw this Second Consultation Period to a close with your opinions at this stage recorded properly. This summary of the feeling across the Network on key issues can be used as a helpful starting point (ahead of further engagement opportunities) when the Programme resumes in some form in 2022.

We also appreciate that the previous November 5th deadline is now too near for many of you to meet with your Boards and submit your responses in time. With that in mind, we are extending the deadline to December 31st 2021 to give you more time to complete the feedback form.

Thank you again for taking the time to consider these Consultation Papers at such a busy time, we really appreciate it.

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What is the Network Development Programme?

The Network Development Programme (NDP) aims to ensure the Age family can continue to support older people across the UK by delivering activities that have positive social impact and are high quality, resilient and sustainable.

Building on the work of the Big Conversation, the Network Development Programme has three broad objectives:

  1. To improve the resilience and sustainability of the network through a shared strategy
  2. To create “Foundation Statements” of common purpose, principles and ambitions
  3. To produce a “Network Agreement” to replace the Brand Partner Agreement when it expires next year

To find out more about the origins of the NDP, who is involved and to view the latest updates, click below:

Find out more:

The story so far…

Find out how the NDP builds on our earlier shared strategy work

What is the NDP?

How will the NDP work? Find out all the details here.

Latest Updates

Take a look at our most recent communications about the NDP.


  • November 2020 – Remote Consultation Conference with the Network

  • November – February 8th 2021 – Consultation on Network Agreement and Shared Strategy

  • 11th June 2021 – Circulation of new Consultation Document “Achieving our Shared Ambitions”

  • 5th November 2021 – Deadline for feedback on “Achieving our Shared Ambitions”

  • November 2021 – Circulation of proposed Network Agreement

  • April 2022 – New Network Agreement comes into effect

Contact Us

Got a question about the Network Development Programme? Please get in touch at:

You can also find out who is involved below:

The Network Development Programme Board Members

John Norley – AEA Co-Chair, CEO, Age UK Medway
Paula Bee – AEA Co-Chair, CEO, Age UK Wakefield District
Steve Chu – Programme Director, Age UK & CEO, Age UK Sheffield
Michele Jolly
 – AEA Executive Committee, CEO, Age UK Lincoln & South Lincolnshire
Dawn McNally – AEA Executive Committee, CEO, Age UK North Tyneside
Victoria Lloyd – CEO, Age Cymru
Steph Harland – CEO, Age UK
Pam Creaven – Services & Partnership Affairs Director, Age UK

The Board is assisted by the following staff who also attend Board meetings:

Paul Robson – National Manager, Strategic Programmes, Age UK
Kirsty Gaskell-Sinclair – National Manager, Transformation, Age UK
Claire Morgan – Secretariat Manager, AEA
George Harvey – Communications Manager, AEA & Age UK

Several Board members make up the Programme Management Office (PMO), which supports the work of the Board:

Steve Chu – Programme Director, Age UK & CEO, Age UK Sheffield
Paul Robson – National Manager, Strategic Programmes, Age UK
Claire Morgan – Secretariat Manager, AEA
George Harvey – Communications Manager, AEA & Age UK