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Our founding director, Dr Virginia Tandy OBE, is stepping down in March 2023, following a busy three years establishing the organisation nationally and internationally. CADA is recruiting a new leader. The appointee will work with the board and key partners to shape the next chapter of CADA’s work. Deadline for applications Wednesday 23 November.

Paul McGarry Chair of CADA and Head of the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub says “After a period of great success, we will be sad to see Virginia leave next March. It has been a pleasure and privilege to work alongside her. Virginia has been the driving force behind CADA since start up in March 2020, creating an organisational structure and identity, securing funding, and building a platform where we can come together to develop creative ageing.

We really appreciate and are grateful for all the hard work she has done. Through the disruptions of the pandemic and with limited capacity, Virginia built and established CADA’s reputation and connections. Working with the Audience Agency, she led the exploration of older populations in England and older people’s engagement with culture research, collaborated with a range of partners on the delivery of the international online conference ‘Ageing Artfully Going Global’ and commissioned the celebrated report – ‘Visionaries: A South Asian Arts and Ageing Counter Narrative’. This inspirational and pioneering work will have a lasting impact on the creative ageing community.

On behalf of the Board’s Trustees, the Advisory group, partners, and supporters of CADA we offer our immense gratitude and wish her good luck for what the future brings.

Virginia Tandy Director of CADA says “Building CADA, with the support of the Board, the Advisory group and so many generous, ingenious and passionate colleagues in the creative ageing sector, both nationally and internationally, has been an amazing journey. Funded by the Baring Foundation, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Arts Council England and hosted by Manchester Museum, CADA has grown from a great idea into a charity with an international profile. Reaching this milestone, it seems like the right moment to move on as I will have completed three years at CADA in March 2023. As the number of older people in England continues to grow, CADA’s work, championing the cultural contribution of older people and promoting the value of inclusive creative ageing, is more important than ever. It has been a real privilege to meet and work with so many visionary people who are committed to making change through creativity and I look forward to handing over to a new Director in due course”

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