Independent Age appoints Baroness Neuberger as chair

Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger will be the next chair of the board of trustees at older people’s charity Independent Age.

She will take up the role in October next year, succeeding Justine Frain.

Baroness Neuberger is vice chair of the government’s independent review of the Mental Health Act and was former prime minister Gordon Brown’s champion for volunteering between 2007-09.

Between 2006-2008 she was chair of the Commission on the Future of Volunteering.

She is a crossbench member of the House of Lords, a senior rabbi at West London Synagogue and a writer and commentator on social care and older people’s issues.

Baroness Neuberger said: ‘I am so excited to be taking on this new role, I have hugely admired the work Independent Age has already done on combatting loneliness, as well as all its other activities. I hope to be able to contribute to more work on transforming older people’s lives.’

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