Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) receives its funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and is accountable to them for the delivery of the programme. Bristol Ageing Better has a structure of governance which ensures there is proper scrutiny and review of the programme activities and a transparent means of setting the strategy and selecting delivery partners.  


BAB Board Members


Age UK Bristol

As lead partner, Age UK Bristol receives funding from National lottery Community Fund for the delivery of the Bristol Ageing Better programme and the Board of Trustees (AUKB Board) is accountable to the Big Lottery Fund for the delivery and expenditure within the Bristol Ageing Better Programme.

The AUKB Board has delegated some of the responsibilities for developing and delivering the programme to the BAB Programme Group but retains the accountability and oversight of finance and compliance.


BAB Strategic Programme Group

The Strategic Programme Group provides leadership to the Bristol Ageing Better programme, connects the programme into other projects, people and activities across Bristol as well as approving key decisions such as commissioning arrangements and recruitment.

The group meets every quarter and has the following objectives:

  • Scrutiny, review and governance of the programme.
  • Major Policy and Decisions
  • Advice and support for the Programme team.
  • Monitoring of evaluation and outcomes.
  • Consideration of sustainability of projects


The group also agrees the annual plans and budgets for the programme, maximising value for money and working within National Lottery Community Fund guidelines and agreements.

Members of the board act as champions and connectors for the programme, and share best practice both from the project and their own experience working with older people.  


Current members of the BAB Strategic Programme Group:

Judith Brown 
Ambassador, Bristol Older People’s Forum and Chair of Age UK Bristol

Kay Libby
Chief Executive, Age UK Bristol

Sonia Davies 
Strategic Commissioning Manager (Partnerships & Engagement) BCC

Kate Lavington 
Head of Unplanned and Integrated Care at NHS BNSSG CCG. 

Carol Watson
Head of Adult Care Commissioning 

Lynn Stanley
Senior Public Health Specialist 


BAB funded staff who also contribute to this group:

Carly Urbanski
Joint Head of Programme (Operational Lead)

Laura Thacker
Joint Head of Programme (Operational Lead)

Mat Jones

Principal Investigator, The University of West of England


Older People’s Steering Group

This group has been in existence since the application stage and has provided specific support around commissioning, recruitment and in particular the Kick-Start panels. The group continue to support these activities, but they can also provide opinions and learned experiences on the development of policy and commissioning for BAB. 

The Older People’s Steering Group meets quarterly. It receives information on the progress of BAB and has the ability to raise questions about delivery and to share opinions about the work in progress across the BAB Programme.


BAB Partnership

BAB currently has over 150 partners, who are kept informed about our work through regular updates and partnership meetings. These partners do not all receive BAB funding and are partners because they agree with the aim of tackling isolation and loneliness and want to work with us on this issue. Partners have identified the importance of a collective voice for third sector organisations committed to improving older people’s services in Bristol.

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