A message from the ILC USA on the passing of admired colleague Baroness Sally Greengross OBE

Thursday, June 23, 2022


It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the death of International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK) Executive Director Baroness Greengross OBE, an inspirational leader, friend and colleague to all members of the ILC Global Alliance and to those of us working with her at the ILC USA.

An influential figure who worked to redefine how societies across the globe – and in particular the UK – respond to demographic change and promote healthy aging. Sally brought a compassionate human rights and equity perspective to all of her advocacy work as may be seen in her February 2022 remarks in the House of Lords.

While Director-General of Age Concern, Sally established the International Longevity Centre-UK 25 years ago in collaboration with our founder, Robert N. Butler, MD.  As ILC UK Chief Executive and member of the House of Lords, she used her platforms tirelessly to support government, business and the private sector in the pursuit of improving aging for all of society. From 2000 on, Baroness Sally Greengross was a crossbench (independent) member of the House of Lords since 2000 and co-Chaired five All-Party Parliamentary Groups: Dementia, Corporate Social Responsibility, Bladder and Bowel Continence Care, and Ageing and Older People. She was the Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Choice at the End of Life and Longevity and was Treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Equalities. Sally was also Chair of the cross-party Intergenerational Fairness Forum.

Sally was Chief Executive of the ILC-UK until mid-2022; Co-President of the ILC Global Alliance from 2010-17, also serving as the ILC-GA Special Ambassador.  Sally also was a Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission from 2006-12. Until 2000, she was joint Chair of the Age Concern Institute of Gerontology at Kings College London, and Secretary General of Eurolink Age. She was an Ambassador for Alzheimer’s Society, SilverLine and HelpAge International – and Patron of Hourglass (formerly Action on Elder Abuse) which she helped found in 1993. Baroness Greengross was President of the Pensions Policy Institute and the Association of Retirement Housing Managers; a Vice President of the Local Government Association and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries. She was a member of several advisory boards including Fujitsu’s Responsible Business Board.

Sally was Patron of several organizations including the Association of Retirement Community Operators; Care & Repair England; the Ransackers Association; and Age UK Westminster. Sally holds honorary doctorates from nine UK universities. Her work on aging has been recognized by the UN Committee on Aging and she received an outstanding achievement award from the British Society of Gerontology as well a British Geriatric Society Medal. Sally was UK Woman of Europe in 1990 and has been an Ambassador for the Prince of Wales supporting responsible business practice.


Sally Greengross