Tom has been working with older people for 30 years as a campaigner, researcher and practitioner. He began his career working in care homes and as a community worker before taking a research position at Oxford University, and later working as an Independent research consultant and trainer. In 1999, Tom moved to Help the Aged (now AgeUK) where he took the role of Policy Research Manager, managing all commissioned research and acting as policy spokesperson on issues around dying, social isolation, depression and the lived experience of older people. Tom Owen is the co-founder and the Co-Director of My Home Life, a UK programme (and social movement) promoting quality of life for those living, dying, visiting and working in care homes. Tom has presented papers at a range of UK and international conferences and has published a number of papers in academic and trade journals. Tom is based in London.