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About the Longevity Innovation Hub

Established in 2016, our group plays an ongoing role in guiding Australia's preparations for ensuring that our ageing population remains an economic and social asset.

Members of the Forum are:

o  Everald Compton AM (Chairman)
o  Kathryn Greiner AO
o  Neville Roach AO
o  Dr Abby Bloom



The world has a rapidly ageing population, more so than at any time in history, thereby creating a huge challenge for humankind to turn ageing into an economic and social asset.

Unfortunately, Australia has done little to prepare to meet this challenge and has not adopted any long term plan that even acknowledges the need for positive purposeful action about ageing.

To remedy this, the Longevity Innovation Hub has been created as a not for profit institution that has one purpose – to place policies before all three levels of government that will lay the foundations of a prosperous and compassionate society that ages well.

In achieving this, there are many issues that must be faced in fostering positive ageing.

Four in particular have the immediate attention of the Longevity Innovation Hub.

  • Retirement Incomes for which urgent reform is required to embrace all of the issues that embrace the adequacy of the Age Pension and Superannuation.
  • Age Friendly Affordable Housing of which there is a significant national shortage.
  • Intergenerational Partnerships which give young Australians a start in life as they work productively with Seniors who do not want to retire.
  • Technology for Older Australians, particularly in enhancing health services at the same time as reducing the costs of delivery.

But, there are many more challenges ahead such as Mature Age Employment, Growing old in ethnic and indigenous communities, Aged Care, Volunteering, Philanthropy, Life Long Learning and appropriate Financial Services etc.

You will be welcome as part of our team.


Everald Compton AM

Chairman of the LONGEVITY Innovation Hub

Everald was a Founding Director of National Seniors Australia. He served on its Board of Directors for 35 years and was Chairman for 25 years, retiring in 2010 when he took up a new role as Chairman of the Australian Government’s Advisory Panel on Positive Ageingfor three years.

He was a Founding Director of ATEC Rail Group in 1996 and served as Chairman for 18 years. He now serves as a consultant to the company.

He is Chairman of Tenement to Terminal Ltd which was originally founded to build a coal export terminal at the Port of Gladstone in Queensland, but recently changed its purpose to serve the cattle industry and is building a live export facility at Gladstone.

Everald is Chairman of the Everald Compton Charitable Trust, an Elder of the Uniting Church, Chairman of ACTS which is a Uniting Church Charity helping people in needy circumstances, and an Honorary Senior Fellow of the University of the Sunshine Coast.

He became an Member of the Order of Australia in 1993 for services to the community and was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 for his services to the Transport Industry.

His vocation in his earlier years was as Chairman and Chief Executive of Everald Compton International, a fund raising consultancy that had offices in Brisbane, Wellington, Vancouver, Johannesburg and London. The company conducted over 1000 fund raising campaigns in 26 nations. It continues under new ownership and is based in London.

He is a Certified Practising Accountant, a Certified Practicing Marketer and an Honorary Research Fellow of Per Capita.

He is a member of the Queensland Club, the Brisbane Club and the National Press Club in Canberra.

A prolific author, his latest publication is ‘The Man on the Twenty Dollar Notes’, a book on the life of Flynn of the Inland.

His personal website is

Kathryn Greiner AO

Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing Chairman

Ms Greiner has contributed to a wide range of leadership positions in public and private companies; government bodies and non-profit organisations. She has also had extensive media experience hosting her own radio and television programs. She served as an elected Councillor on the City of Sydney Council, 1995-2004.

Her particular expertise is in Education, Health and Capacity Building.

Current Appointments include:

- Chair NSW Government Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing
- Chair Loreto Kirribilli School Council
- Chair MWIA, an International Aid Agency
- Member, Anzac Centenary Advisory Board
- Member Bell Shakespeare Company.
- Patron Show Me The Way Indigenous mentoring program

Former Appointments:

- Chair Australian Hearing
- Chair BiotechCapital
- Vice Chancellor Bond University
- Member Bond University Council
- Member LEK Advisory Council

She is a graduate of UNSW and received an Order of Australia in 2001 for services to social welfare, local government and philanthropy awareness.

Neville Roach AO

Chairman, Advisory Board, Tata Consultancy Services, Australia & New Zealand (India’s largest IT company).

Neville Roach is an Australian of Indian origin, who has lived in Australia from 1961.

He is a graduate of the University of Mumbai, India, gaining honours in Economics & Political Science.

Mr Roach is well-known in the ICT industry. He has served as Chairman and CEO of Fujitsu in Australia and New Zealand, Chairman of the Australian Information Industry Association and President of the Asian Oceanian Industry Association. He received the Pearcey Medal for lifetime achievement and contribution to the ICT industry research and professions.

He has made a significant contribution in the areas of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, having been Chairman of the Australian Government’s National Multicultural Advisory Council, Council for Multicultural Australia and Business (Migration) Advisory Panel.

He has played a leadership role in education and research. He was Founding Chairman od National ICT Australia (NICTA), Australia’s pre-eminent ICT Research Centre. He was awarded a Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by the University of New South Wales for his eminent service to the community. The NICTA research facility at UNSW was named the Neville Roach Laboratory.

He has been an active promoter of closer relations between Australia and Asia, particularly India and Japan. He was Chairman of the Australia India Business Council and a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Global Advisory Council of Overseas Indians.

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his contribution to business, especially the IT industry, and to the development of Australian Multiculturalism. He was the first Australian recipient of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award, the highest award conferred by the Government of India to Overseas Indians.

He was a member of the Australian Government’s Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing.

Dr Abby Bloom

BA (High Hons), MPH, PhD, FAICD - non-executive Director

Abby Bloom is both a successful founder of innovative technology companies, and an experienced and respected company director. Her particular expertise is in the development of highly effective, practical strategies that create value through engagement of stakeholders, government, technology, and a mix of public and private capital.

Abby has founded 4 medical device companies, and has served as a director and adviser to numerous other technology companies, the CSIRO, and several universities and university-based tech start-ups. She has extremely in-depth knowledge of the dynamic field of technology as it applies to health and ageing.

Abby is a respected and experienced company (board) director.

Current board roles include:

- Sydney Water Corporation
- The Sydney Children’s Hospital Network
- The State Insurance Regulatory Authority
- The (NSW) Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing

Previous board roles include:

- The Western Sydney Hospital Network
- Recovre (Australia’s largest private workplace health company)
- Teleconsult (Australia’s first telehealth company)

Abby is a magna cum laude graduate Yale University, and of its Masters Program in Epidemiology and Public Health, which named her one of its 100 most influential graduates in its first 100 years. Abby received her PhD from Sydney University, where she is also an Adjunct Professor of Health Policy. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a qualified mediator, and an Adjunct Professor at Sydney University.

Jeff Gilling

Jeff Gilling has researched the demographic and social trends shaping our changing world for more than 25 years. He is passionate about reshaping societal attitudes to ageing and promoting inter-generational partnerships and cross-generational communication between young and older Australians.

In his own consultancy he has worked with some of Australia's most recognisable organisations in the corporate, Not for Profit and Government sectors, helping them better understand Australia's changing demographics. In 2015 he founded The Seniorpreneurs Network, the community for existing and aspiring older entrepreneurs to meet, mentor, share, connect, learn, network and collaborate.

After completing a Bachelor of Economics (Macquarie University) Jeff studied Law (University of New England) and worked for the NSW Government, (Attorney-General's Department) as Research Associate to the Director of Public Prosecutions (1991 - 1993) and Chief Judge of the District Court (1994 - 2003).

QLD, Australia

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