Chief Executive Gary FitzGerald has been with Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) since 2001 and was appointed Chief Executive on 2nd April 2002. Gary worked for over 20 years within Local Government Social Care provision, focusing on all aspects of care of older people. He has been responsible for and involved in the management of domiciliary care services, meals on wheels services, day centres, residential homes, occupational therapy services and a range of peripheral similar services. Gary is from an Irish background and has a special interest in equality and social inclusion issues in relation to aspects of abuse. He has spoken in the United Kingdom and Ireland on elder abuse, and regularly contributes to radio and television programmes on the subject. In 2012 Gary was awarded an honorary doctorate by Northumbria University for his work on elder abuse, and received the award for ‘outstanding contribution to social care’ by the prestigious British Care Awards. He sits on the Church of England Safeguarding Advisory Board, and was until March 2017 a trustee of The Silver Line loneliness helpline.