I joined Sociology at the University of Manchester in November 2012 and took up my role as co-Director of MICRA in January 2013. Before coming to Manchester I was Professor of Applied Social Studies and Social Gerontology at Keele University where I had founded the Centre for Social Gerontology. During my time at Keele I served as Head of the Department of Applied Social Studies, Research Dean for Social Sciences and as Pro-Vice Chancellor for Learning and Academic Development. I continue to hold an honorary position at Keele University. I am a former Deputy-Chair of the ESRC Training and Development Board. I was elected a Fellow of the British Gerontological Society in 2008 and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America in 2012. I received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the British Society of Gerontology in 2011. I have served as member of the Advisory Committee of the
New Dynamics of Ageing Programme and was a member of the Advisory Board of the Norwegian Lifecourse, Ageing and Generations Panel Study.