The management of the Society is undertaken by the Directors of The Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA), Tish Hanifan and Jane Finnerty.

Tish Hanifan

Founder and Joint Chair of the Society of Later Life Advisers

Tish Hanifan cropped 2Tish is a barrister and Founder and Joint Chairman of the Society of Later life Advisers. She has worked extensively in the areas of policy development, financial, legal training and advice delivery in relation to older people, and is involved in the delivery of national standard setting and accreditation for financial and legal advisers in the older client sector. Her areas of expertise encompass the retirement market and how policy impacts on retirement and care.  

Tish has worked with government departments and a variety of third sector and private organisations in developing and supporting good practice in relation to older and vulnerable clients. She was particularly involved with the implementation and delivery of the Care Act 2014 and sat on two working parties at the Department of Health which contributed to drafting parts of the legislation.

She is Vice Chair of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) in her home county of Kent and a Founder Member of Solicitors for the Elderly for which she is Head of Business Development.


Jane Finnerty

Joint Chair of the Society of Later Life Advisers

Jane FinnertyJane is a Chartered Financial Planner  and Joint Chairman of the Society of Later life Advisers. She is a specialist in retail financial services, communications, financial know-how and wellbeing in Later Life. She is a member of various policy setting and voluntary committees that campaign for older and disabled adults, including the National Dignity Council. 

As Joint Chairman of the Society of Later Life Advisers, Jane champions consumers finding accredited advice when it comes to retirement and care issues. She also writes for financial and consumer facing publications on later life issues and is passionate about standard setting when developing core skills around financial advice and the effective use of assistive technologies.


Lord Lipsey

Labour Peer and Honorary President of SOLLA

Lord LipseyLord Lipsey was raised to the peerage as Baron Lipsey, of Tooting Bec in 1999. He has had a wide range of experience as a regulator (including at the Personal Investment Authority and the Advertising Standards Authority); as a company director and chairman (at the Tote and Impower); as a journalist (as deputy editor of two national newspapers and editor of a social affairs weekly) and as a public policy expert (as chair of the Social Market Foundation think-tank and as a member of three official government inquiries). He is an active working Peer and is a member of a number of House Committees. He is a member of the House’s Information Committee, and chairs the all-party Statistics Group. He is vice-chair of the all-party Media Group and of the all-party Betting and Gaming Group.  He was a Member of the Royal Commission on Long-term Care of the Elderly from 1998-99, and Chair of the Financial Services' Consumers Panel in 2008.  

Lord Lipsey contributes to debates on a range of topics He speaks on Health and Social Care, in particular the area of care funding. He was a political adviser to Anthony Crosland in Opposition and an adviser to 10 Downing Street. Lord Lipsey has worked as a journalist for a variety of different publications, including The Sunday Times, Sunday Correspondent, The Times and The Economist.


Management Team

The day to day running of the Society is undertaken by the Management Team.

Ruth Perrett

Operations Manager

Ruth PerrettRuth is responsible for the admin infrastructure of SOLLA, ensuring that all runs smoothly, and developing new systems and streamlining existing processes to improve both internal processes and members experience. She is also responsible for the website, marketing, events programme development and for the event management of the SOLLA National Conference. Before joining SOLLA, Ruth worked as Operations Manager for a digital marketing agency, and previously in event management for a charity.  



Cindy Sudbury

Accreditation and Finance Manager

Cindy Sudbury Cindy is responsible for managing the Later Life Adviser Accreditation, ensuring candidates are provided with all the necessary information, support and feedback required to complete the accreditation as well as ensuring the administrative processing of candidates from beginning to end. She is also responsible for administering the company finances. Cindy is a Chartered Accountant and has previously worked as a Senior Financial Accountant for global media companies, and prior to that as an auditor for KPMG.


Advisory Board

The Directors are assisted by an Advisory Board with members appointed by the Directors. It comprises of individuals who have a proven record in the field of financial advice for those in later life, policy in older client matters and legal matters. Their role is to provide industry feedback and support for the Society.

Peter Barnett

Independent Consultant and
SOLLA Advisory Board Chair

Peter BarnetPeter is a senior communications and public affairs professional, political policy adviser and later life consultant. A Pharmacist by profession he has extensive experience in the Financial Services, Public Affairs, FMCG, and Public and Voluntary Sectors. He is the chair of the SOLLA Advisory Board, a member of the European eHealth Knowledge Tree Group (EKTG) and he was formerly Chairman of the ABI LTC committee.

Nigel Barlow

Independent Consultant

Nigel BarlowNigel is an Associate of the PFS and has spent more than 30 years dealing with pensions and retirement issues across corporate and individual pension schemes. He was Director of Product Development at Partnership Assurance and Head of Research at Just Retirement. He now works for an IFA practice in Berkshire. His experience gives insight to the financial issues and risks faced by individuals throughout retirement.


Nicky Cave

Managing Director
Eldercare Solutions Ltd

Nicky CaveNicky is the founder and Managing Director of Eldercare Solutions Ltd, an IFA firm specialising purely in advice about how best to meet ongoing long-term care costs at home or in a care home. She is still very much hands on within the business, regularly taking client enquiries, running seminars ‘demystifying the care funding system’ and is a long-standing SOLLA accredited Later Life Adviser.  She has won numerous awards for her advice and is regularly consulted with by insurers, care providers, journalists and other professional advisers alike and therefore adds significant ‘at the coalface’ experience to the SOLLA Advisory Board.

Simon Chalk

MD and Laterliving Planner
LaterLiving Now!

Simon ChalkSimon runs his own independent Equity Release specialist advisory firm – laterliving now! A 5x winner of national awards, Simon has specialised in Equity Release advice for almost 16 years, serving clients referred by numerous professional introducers. Simon is widely regarded as one of the leading experts in his field and regularly provides expert comment and opinion in the national press. Before joining the SOLLA Advisory Board, Simon served for two years as Adviser Representative on the Standards Board of the Equity Release Council, where he helped to shape the rules and guidance that ensure clients taking Equity Release remain well protected.

Andrew Dixon-Smith

Business Development Director
Eldercare Solutions Ltd

Andrew Dixon SmithAndrew is the Business Development Director of Eldercare Solutions Ltd, an IFA firm specialising purely in advice about how best to meet on going long-term care costs at home or in a Care Home. He has specialised in area of later life advice for the past 20 years and is still very much hands on within the business, regularly taking client enquiries, running seminars ‘demystifying the care funding system’ and is a long-standing SOLLA accredited Later Life Adviser.  He has prestigious industry awards for his advice and is regularly consulted with by Insurers, Care Providers, Journalists and other Professional Advisers alike and therefore adds significant ‘at the coalface’ experience to the SOLLA Advisory Board.

Ruth Dolan

Director/Chartered Financial Planner
Tarvos Wealth

Ruth DolanRuth has been a qualified independent financial adviser since 2003 working for private clients and trustees providing advice on many aspects of financial planning.  She specialises in working with elderly and vulnerable clients and their representatives and trust investments but also works extensively on advice including inheritance tax planning, pension savings and retirement income planning as well as all types of investment advice. She been an accredited Later Life Adviser since 2008 and is regularly advising clients and their families through the minefield that is care fees funding. Ruth joined the SOLLA Advisory Board in 2010 as a practitioner member in order to provide input relating to broader aspects of advice needed in later life.

Graham Duffy

Care Specialist

Graham DuffyGraham is a Care Specialist with Just. Graham shares his knowledge of the retirement and later life markets with intermediaries through the delivery of business development presentations and workshops. He has over 40 years’ experience in financial services, working in the Lloyds reinsurance market for 23 years and then becoming an instrumental part of the new Long Term Care division at Partnership. Graham presents the SOLLA ‘Introduction to the Later Life Adviser Accreditation’ workshops, which help those that are interested in joining SOLLA find out more. Graham has been a member of the SOLLA Advisory Board for a number of years, bringing extensive experience and expertise in care fees and the overall later life market.

Jo England

Services Manager - Client Financial Services
Adult Social Care, West Berkshire Council

Jo EnglandJo has worked in local government for over 30 years and for the last 18 years she has worked at West Berkshire Council managing the financial assessment team, along with a number of other teams.  She is also the corporate deputy for West Berkshire, having overall responsibility for managing the financial affairs of 200 individuals who lack capacity to manage their own financial affairs. Jo is a member of the National Association of Financial Assessment Officers (NAFAO) Executive Committee, and has expansive knowledge of the ‘paying for care’ system.

Brian Fisher

Independent Consultant

Brian FisherBrian spent 25 years working specifically in the Later Life Financial Services market before retiring as Aviva’s Long Term Care Marketing Manager in 2018. He has been instrumental in the development and distribution of Care Fees Planning solutions to help the public face the costs of paying for care. Prior to retirement, Brian was involved with various Government and industry working parties contributing his knowledge of the Social Care system and Financial Services to try to influence future Social Care legislation. Passionate that the highest standards of financial advice, specific to the later life market, be readily available to consumers he continues to be an enthusiastic and active member of the SOLLA Advisory Board.

Catriona Lumiste

Care Fees Planning Specialist
Financial Care Solutions Ltd

Catriona LumisteCatriona has 25 years experience in the Financial Services profession.  She is passionate about helping clients with independent financial planning throughout their retirement; quite often dealing with vulnerable people who have never taken financial advice before.  She is committed to other causes and voluntarily commits her spare time to act as a trustee for the charities Carers Support Merton and The Selsdon Centre Trust. Catriona joined the SOLLA Advisory board in June 2016 and enjoys helping to shape the future of SOLLA.

Diane Needham

Partner / Chartered Financial Planner
Consilia Wealth Management

Diane NeedhamDiane is a Chartered Financial Planner with over 20 years’ experience of advising vulnerable clients. In addition, Diane has personal experience gained when her grandmother suffering vascular dementia and more recently her husband had a major stroke. She also has a daughter with additional needs and experience as an Instructor for the Riding for Disabled Association (RDA). She is regularly quoted in the press and has appeared on the radio discussing the issues that face the aging population. Diane has served on the SOLLA Advisory Board for a number of years bringing her experience of working in the financial services industry, as well as her personal experience to the table.