We're a team of volunteers who believe people as they get older have huge value to offer the world of work. Too often people are overlooked because of their age and we don't believe in waiting for organisations or governments to lead the way. In theory they should - but in the absence of that, we have committed our free time, our energy and our resources to building the blueprint. This all started when Harris met Lucy at a dinner exploring the solutions to an ageing society. Their visions were aligned - Lucy the psychologist specialising in mid/later life career development and Harris the tech wizard who makes everything happen.
We're a registered Community Interest Company (basically we're too small to be a charity!) As a non profit, we don't accept referral fees, advertising or sponsorship - nor do we sell your data.
There is too much fluff and opinion in this field. We'll never tell you to follow a passion or sell the myth of a 'dream' job. We do what we do with energy, humour and an intellectual rigour you will appreciate.
"100% of our fees support charities, small businesses and our own community"
A successful track record of helping people build better futures
Focused on needs as we change and get older
A dynamic community of over 2,500 members
Innovative opportunities to enable longer working lives
Harris is a tech and product guy at heart - with 10 years experience across Financial Services and Property Industries - such as Fitch Ratings, Lloyds Commercial Bank, and CBRE. He is also Product Officer of an innovative health tech hearing company. His passion for helping people is what drew into the Brave Starts concept.
Editor and Comms
Anna Streule is our Editor and Comms guru! Relocated from Switzerland where she was editor of an online magazine. She brings a variety of experiences across management consulting, personal training, and teaching - the ultimate career changer! Her passion is supporting people like her who are looking for their next big change!
Strategy and Partnerships
Lucy is a psychologist and Vice Chair of the Association for Business Psychology. She was previously Global Head of Recruitment in the Investment Bank and Strategy Consulting sectors across JP Morgan and LEK consulting. Brave Starts is a result of people passionately joining together to try and help companies supporting their employees to work and age better.
Mike is a seasoned thought leader and program director in the area of longevity, retirement preparations, and inclusion and diversity. Mike worked at Aegon for 18 years, previously holding roles as Sustainability Officer and Group Internal Auditor. Prior to working for Aegon, Mike worked for PwC and Wells Fargo Bank.
Alan is one our career coaches. He started life as a civil engineer. He moved into business and strategy development roles with major construction sector organisations. He then gained an MSc in Organisational Psychology aged 59. He values research and evidence-based approaches and he loves helping people discover what they can do and then go-get it!
Experienced Communication Skills Coach training groups and individuals on range of topics including presentation skills, pitching skills, corporate reputation and helping people improve their personal impact in meetings. An empathetic and encouraging communication skills coach with a track record of excellent feedback
Ian has built strong investor and grant funding networks. He was recently Head of Access to funding at The Knowledge transfer Network helping innovative companies raise money via investors, grants or equity.
David is an award winning Chief People officer. He’s a huge advocate for ageing better and has won significant recognition for the fabulous work he does in this arena.
Michael brings his experience of being a Chief People Officer to the team. He’s got over 20 years experience at Senior HRD.
An award winning expert on all aspects of pensions and later life policy
We are always looking for brave people who want to help people succeed in their life aspirations. If you can regularly commit a few hours a week, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your background (preferably LinkedIn) and why you would like to join our mission and team.