Philly Hare

Programme Manager

Philly has been with JRF since 2006 as a Programme Manager in the Ageing Society team.


Philly currently oversees two of the JRF programmes in our Ageing Society theme:  A Better Life (alongside Ilona Haslewood), and Dementia without Walls

Philly’s particular interests are the empowerment and inclusion of older people, including people with dementia, and the application of research evidence to practice.  She is currently a member of the national Dementia-friendly Communities Champions group.

As a qualified social worker, Philly has experience within the NHS, Local Authorities and the voluntary sector in many areas of adult social care. In the 1990s, she managed the Scarborough/ Ryedale Kings Fund Carers Project and later set up the Princess Royal Trust Carers Resource. She spent five years as Senior Researcher with the independent consultancy, Acton Shapiro, prior to joining JRF in April 2006.

She has a first degree in English and Philosophy (Exeter University) and an MSc in Applied Social Studies (Oxford University).

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