What is the NDP?

Building on the work of the Big Conversation, the Network Development Programme, in consultation with the network, will produce proposals in four key areas to ensure the Age family can continue to support older people across the UK in the coming years. These are:

A new set of Agreements

These agreements will Replace the BPA (England and Wales), the Nations Agreements and Agreements with Associates and Friends.

A new Shared Strategy

Outlining the Network’s collective strategy, priorities and plans that flow from each ambition.

A new Age UK Charter

This Charter will make clear what Age UK will provide on behalf of the whole network.

A New Governance Model

This will set up new governance arrangements appropriate for a UK wide network that will be entering into a new partnership from October 2021.


How long will this process take?

There is a challenging timeframe for developing, consulting on, and agreeing the above components. The current timeline is as follows:

  • November 2020 – Remote Consultation Conference with the Network

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

  • April 2021 – Circulation of Shared Strategy consultation draft

  • September 2021 – Circulation of proposed Network Agreement

  • November 2021 – New Network Agreement issued for signing

  • April 2022 – New Network Agreement comes into effect

Who is involved in the NDP work?

The NDP is set up and sponsored jointly by the AEA EC, Age Cymru, Age UK and the Partnership Board. 

The relationship between the Network Development Programme and existing workstreams and the specialist groups that support its work is shown in this diagram. 

The roles and responsibilities of different bodies in the structure are explained in detail in the table on pages 10 & 11 of the Programme Initiation Document.

The Programme is overseen by the Network Development Programme Board (NDPB). The NDPB was established by agreement between the AEA, Age Cymru and Age UK. The AEA Executive Committee discussed the draft Terms of Reference and then agreed the final document on behalf of Brand Partners in England.      

The Board has 8 members; 2 from Age UK, 1 from Age Cymru and 5 from the AEA. The 5 members from the AEA consist of the 3 AEA Officers and 2 nominated members of the AEA Executive Committee (EC).

More information on the composition and purpose of the NDPB can be found in the Terms of Reference for the Board.

Communication with the Board can be made through your EC representative, or by emailing networkfuture@Ageuk.org.uk

Who is on the Network Development Programme Board?

John Norley – AEA Co-Chair, CEO, Age UK Medway
Paula Bee – AEA Co-Chair, CEO, Age UK Wakefield District
Steve Chu – AEA Vice Chair, 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
Sara Brown – Principal Partnership Manager, Age UK
Kirsty Gaskell-Sinclair – National Manager, Transformation, Age UK
Claire Morgan – Secretariat Manager, AEA
George Harvey – Communications Manager, AEA & Age UK

How do Age UK staff fit into this? 

Several existing workstreams and teams will contribute to the Network Development Programme, including those working in collaboration with local partners e.g. I&A Review, service development, wellbeing, influencing, infrastructure development (shared back offices and systems), and fundraising. If your workstream is involved in this work, we’ll be in touch with further details in the coming months.    

Has the Network been consulted?

Yes, once it became clear that the shared strategy work would need to resume more urgently, we asked the network for feedback on the process. This helped to identify some important guiding principles to be applied to this network development programme.  

Overall, 116 Brand Partners responded, individually or through regional meetings, with their views on the questions posed in the communication. Understandably, there was some variation in responses but there was also outright consensus that any decisions about future collaboration by and between Brand Partners, the network and Age UK had to be in the best interests of the older people we serve. 

The Network were also consulted throughout the Big Conversation process, with the draft foundation statements collated from the discussions at a series of events held throughout 2019 and additional feedback from local Age UK Boards. As the NDP has picked up where the Big Conversation left off, these consultations still underpin our work. You can find out more about this process here.

We will continue to work with partners throughout this process, sharing information and consulting on key issues. This consultation will begin with a Virtual Conference on Wednesday November 11th.

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