Gordon Peters (Chair)
Gordon hails from Scotland.
- He was born near Glasgow, Scotland, on the river Clyde a few miles from Paisley.
- He came to London as a young adult and has lived in Haringey, on and off, since the 1960s.
- He worked overseas on health and social care development in the 1990s for about 15 years and returned in the early 2000s. In the recent general election he was a candidate for the Green Party in Hornsey and Wood Green where he finished in fourth place.
- Gordon returned, again, to Haringey about four years ago and got involved in Healthwatch where he is now a board member.
- He has been involved in the HFOP for that past year, and chairs the Older Peoples Reference Group which is a voice for elders in meetings with the Council and the NHS locally through the Clinical Commissioning Group.
- He decided to get involved in the Forum because, as he said, “I am now in my eighth decade myself. So, I consider myself old.”
- There were two major reasons why he wanted to get involved.
- One was his own age and realising there is a limitation to the time you have left;
- and two, because of his professional background in social services working with frail and vulnerable people.
- Professionally, Gordon’s interest in older people’s issues goes back to the early 1970’s when he was a social worker.
- Around that time he also used to drive a micro bus to pick up elders and take them to a lunch club. He then taught social services as an academic.
- In the 1980s, Gordon was a director of social services for the neighbouring borough of Hackney.
- As for the future of the Forum, he would like to see it become a pro-active agency and advocacy group for people wherever they are in Haringey and for those who normally don’t have a voice. When Gordon is not volunteering with the HFOP or Healthwatch, he’s writes and publishes poetry. He’s been known to conduct a ‘not quite Rabbie Burns night’.
- He also cycles in the summer to keep himself fit. Gordon is a keen gardener too and has an allotment because he doesn’t have one at home
James Cowling (Secretary)
James is a freelance journalist
- He was brought up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and has lived in Haringey since 1999.
- After he finished his journalism diploma in 1993, he spent a year backpacking around eastern and southern Africa.
- It was during that time, while he was in Johannesburg, that he got his first job in journalism. He worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation during the election that brought Nelson Mandela to power in 1994.
- Since coming to London, James has worked for BBC World Service radio as a full-time journalist and as a freelancer. He has also worked for press operations for the last two Olympic Winter Games covering figure skating and short track speed skating and at the London Olympics where he covered gymnastics. James became involved with HFOP this year.
- He became passionate about senior’s issues after dealing with the Alberta health care system when he was trying to get his mother into a nursing home in 2012.
Represents St Mark’s Methodist Church
- Lloyda represents St Mark’s Methodist Church and has good communication and leadership skills,
- and is interested in making sure that older people have and use their voice in improving care conditions for all.
- She has been trained in making bids for funds.
- Lauritz is a member of many organisations and specialises in Safeguarding Adults and belongs to the Safer Neighbourhood Team Panel.
- He has some experience in the use of computer hardware and aims to help make life better for all in Haringey.