New chairman for Age Concern England
James Wright will take over from Dr June Crown as chairman of Age Concern England when Dr Crown vacates the position in June. Mr Wright was vice-chancellor of the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and had previously held senior positions at the University of Cambridge. He helped establish the Institute for the Health of the Elderly in Newcastle, one of only three institutes in the UK aimed at improving the physical and mental well-being of older people. He was a strong supporter of the Newcastle University research programme into ageing and the care of older people, and of developments in medical education aimed at re-focusing doctor training on the patient and ensuring a holistic approach to patient care.