Brighton & Hove Older People's Council

Members of the OPC:
OPC members
Brighton and Hove OPC members 2012 :
   Marion, Francis, Penny, Jack, John, Val, Janet
Colin,   Mike,     Harry,       Peter

Michael Whitty (Chair)

Co-opted - Westdean

Michael was co-opted in 2016. Elected as Chair in 2018.
Colin Vincent

Colin Vincent (Vice Chair)

Hollingdean & Stanmer and Moulsecoomb & Bevendean

Colin has an interest in Social Care, an issue of primary concern to the elderly and those approaching that period of their life in the city. He expects to utilise his life experiences through work in the private, public and voluntary sectors by contributing to the advancement of the interests of the elderly citizens of Brighton & Hove and in particular those who reside in Patcham & Withdean.
Mike Bojczuk

Mike Bojczuk (Treasurer)

Central Hove & Westbourne

Mike was born in Oldham and studied at Essex, Canterbury and Reading. He spent 10 years teaching Chemistry and Sciences before switching to a career in computing where he has worked for computer manufacturers, software providers and Central Government as a programmer, project manager and consultant. Retiring in 2015 after eight years working for a Housing Group in London, he hopes to use his experience to improve communications and make the work of the OPC more widely known, and also to better organise how the OPC manages the work it does. In the past years he has done this through maintaining the web site, letters to the press, campaigning on issues such as Active Ageing & becoming an Age Friendly City, and representing the OPC on national forums - SEEFA and EngAgeNet.
Val Caine

Val Caine

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John Cook

Co-opted - Patcham

John was co-opted in 2016.Details to be posted in due course.
Jack Hazelgrove

Jack Hazelgrove

North, South Portslade, Wish

Jack spent a career in teaching specialising in social work studies, special education and government and politics. His principle interests on the OPC are transport (he chairs the Central Sussex branch of Bus Users UK); housing and health and social care. His leisure interests include supporting Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, learning Italian and attending films at the Duke of Yorks Cinema.
Francis Tonks

Francis Tonks

Rottingdean Coastal & Woodingdean

Born in York and studied in Leeds Francis lives in Central Brighton with wife Jean. He taught in Moulsecoomb and at Brighton Technical College and retired after being Departmental Head at East Ham College of Technology in East London. Francis is a former Councillor for Moulsecoomb and Bevendean and serves as a Governor for Falmer High School and is a member of the management committees of Bridge Community Centre and the Pensioners' Forum. He is currently a member of the city council's Equalities Forum and Community Safety Forum. Interests: Housing, personnel, social care, adult education and the arts.
John Eyles

John Eyles

Brunswick & Adelaide, Goldsmid and Regency

John has a civil engineering and project management background with 18 years teaching in colleges. Born in Barry Glamorgan but been resident in Brighton & Hove for over 20 years. Main interests are environmental, DIY, travel, sketching, writing and helping others.