A panel discussion hosted by Ryder Architecture exploring how design can influence care for our communities as they age.
• How do we improve places for our elders from Macro to Micro?
• How can design help to make the transition from independent living to extra care as seamless as possible?
• What are we doing to mitigate against future pandemics whilst encouraging socialization and connecting people for wellbeing?
Julia Ashley - Chief Executive, Central & Cecil
Julia has over 20-years experience in health, social care and housing for people aged over 55; gained in emergency care, domiciliary care, dementia care, care homes, extra care housing, sheltered housing and retirement living. She is passionate about providing supportive and aesthetically pleasing lived environments, creating positive outcomes and healthy lives for residents, promoting a skilled, equipped and appreciated workforce and in developing role that technology has in supporting and promoting independent and connected lives. Julia is Chief Executive of C&C (Central & Cecil), a 95 year old London based provider and developer of residential care, and over 55s housing options from extra care housing, through to retirement living.
Nichola Speight - Senior Landscape Architect, Ryder Architecture
Nichola is a Senior Landscape Architect within Ryders Placemaking Team and joined Ryder in 2021 from BDP. She has an expansive portfolio of UK and international projects from the detailed design of public spaces to the spatial planning of cities. Nichola is passionate about creating spaces with a strong ‘sense of place’ that inspire people, have true purpose and are user-centric. She believes that creating quality landscapes and public realm is fundamental in adding value to projects that are not just beautiful but functional and contribute to improving people’s quality of life.
Ed Warner- Founder & CEO, Motionspot
Ed Warner founded the accessible design company Motionspot in 2012 after his friend and Co-founder James Taylor was paralysed in a diving accident and became depressed by the clinical design and poor quality of adaptations in his home. Ed has built Motionspot into a RIBA award winning industry leader in accessible design helping to transform spaces and lives through beautifully designed, accessible environments that deliver independence for anyone with a disability. In addition to designing improved access in hundreds of homes across the UK, Motionspot has provided design advice and innovative accessible products to retirement developments, care and housing providers, hotels, offices, public spaces and leisure facilities across the world. Ed also advises the Government as sector champion for the design of Spaces & Products.
Chaired by Oliver Jones - Research Director, Ryder.