Rt Hon Baroness Camilla Cavendish

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Journalist, Author of Extra Time: 10 Lessons for an Ageing World

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Award-winning journalist and former Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit, Camilla has worked extensively on health and social care policy alongside writing for The Times and Financial Times. Her book Extra Time examines the facts and implications of an ageing population, from scientific advances in keeping people healthier for longer (and even potentially prolonging life indefinitely) to managing workplaces spanning five generations and the social, political and economic impact of that, and the future meaning and value of work.

Biography

Camilla Cavendish is an award-winning journalist and former Head of the Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street under Prime Minister David Cameron. She is also the author of Extra Time: 10 Lessons for an Ageing World, an acclaimed examination of the causes and effects of aging populations, and the future of ageing from scientific advances, economic implications to cultural views of age. Her research has also led her to look at the effects of multigenerational workplaces, as well as the careers and skills of the future, and how society views and values certain types of work.

Before joining the Policy Unit Camilla worked as an Associate Editor, columnist and leaders writer at The Times, before moving to the paper’s Sunday sister title. She then joined global consultancy McKinsey & Company, worked as an aid worker and at media company Pearson. She was also asked by the Secretary of State for Health to lead a review into Healthcare Assistants and Support Workers in the NHS and social care sector, and served as a Non-Executive Director of the Care Quality Commission.

At Number 10 Camilla formed, implemented and advised on a range of Government policies and initiatives, most notably leading work on (and persuading the PM and Chancellor to adopt) the so-called ‘sugar tax’. She left Downing Street, becoming a member of the House of Lords, and also a Senior Fellow in Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School, researching demographic challenges.

In her book Extra Time, Camilla examines the challenges and realities of a globally ageing population. She looks at everything from scientific advances in prolonging life (even eradicating ageing altogether), the use of AI and robots in healthcare, the economic effects of an ageing population, and the political and social effects of these shifts. She also considers the 'new 5G'; five generations working together and the challenges and opportunities employers will be faced with. With work and the workplace potentially set to radically change, she examines how skills and careers may become life-long projects centered around personal values rather than notions of moving up the career ladder. As many jobs are threatened by automation or diminished in status by social perceptions, Camilla asks what this means economically, but also what it says about a world that measures achievement only by earnings rather than contribution to society and our own wellbeing.

Camilla regularly features on broadcast media delivering insights into the political world, health and social care, and the age divide. She writes a weekly column for the Financial Times as well as writing for the Sunday Times and The Spectator. As well as her Lords and Harvard work she is also the Chair of Frontline, a charity focused on encouraging professionals to change career and go into social work.

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