Who we are

United for All Ages is Denise Burke and Stephen Burke


Denise Burke has more than thirty years’ experience as a leader in the public sector, who is adept at working across voluntary and private sectors. This includes:

  • Chair, Poppy & Jacks nursery group
  • CEO of smallsteps, the largest childcare company in the Netherlands
  • consultant in integrated and extended services
  • senior management in early years, youth services and childcare
  • strategic change management, reorganisation, restructuring and policy development
  • commissioner and manager of services
  • operational management experience of complex programmes from development through to implementation and evaluation
  • tax inspector, chair of school governors and pioneer in local services
  • Parliamentary candidate

Her achievements include:

  • influencing childcare business growth
  • initiating the first intergenerational centre for all ages
  • leading the development of national child poverty programmes including the Childcare Affordability Programme
  • acting as spokesperson and ambassador in London and nationally to ensure the high profile of early years and childcare services
  • winning prestigious sector recognition awards
  • commenting regularly in media on childcare and speaking at national conferences
  • chairing BBC Children in Need, London and SE Region
  • chair of governors, two primary schools and a children’s centre

Stephen Burke has thirty years’ experience in leadership in the third and public sectors. This includes:

  • director of pioneering social enterprises bringing all ages together
  • chief executive of two national charities, Counsel and Care and Daycare Trust
  • senior management experience and PR, fundraising and editing in a range of national organisations
  • leader of and cabinet member at Hammersmith & Fulham council with twelve years as a councillor
  • non-executive director and vice-chair of Hammersmith & Fulham primary care trust
  • lay member of the governing body of North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group and chair of finance
  • board member of ACEVO (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations), co-chair of Grandparents Plus and trustee/chair of a host of national and local charities
  • Chair of Foundations Independent Living Trust and Norfolk Family Mediation Service
  • Parliamentary candidate
  • Fellow of Royal Society of Arts and Institute of Public Relations

His achievements include:

  • putting action for all ages and co-location of care/housing on the policy and media agenda
  • getting eldercare high up the public and policy agenda
  • raising the profile of and building the advice service of Counsel and Care
  • leading the campaign for universal children’s centres and securing substantial public investment in childcare
  • leading major change in local services
  • influencing policy from crime prevention and volunteering to care and our ageing society
  • chairing and leading a range of voluntary sector organisations
  • regularly contributing to national and social media and speaking at and chairing conferences
  • being recognised in national awards
  • founding initiatives ranging from the Campaign to End Loneliness, www.downsizingdirect.com and FirstStop Advice to www.goodcareguide.co.uk and Older People in the Media awards, and creating the merged Grandparents Plus charity

Together Denise and Stephen are United for All Ages

What they say about us

“As the think tank United for All Ages rightly observes, the gulf between the ages is harmful on many levels: old people are left isolated and more dependent on public services, while the lives of the young are less rich and rounded. Overall, society is poorer. Bridging the gap between old and young will not be easy, and is clearly not something the Government can do: no one wants the state telling families how they should live. But sensible schemes to bring older and younger Britons into more frequent contact with each other should be pursued. Planning reforms to increase the supply of housing could help ensure that old and young are not segregated. Tax and benefit rules that encourage parents to pay nannies and nurseries could be revised to reward grandparents who look after grandchildren yet are currently unrecognised. Britain is one nation, but more must be done to keep its younger and older members together.” Daily Telegraph

“Daycare Trust, and director Stephen Burke in particular, are credited with pushing childcare to the top of the policy agenda. Talking to Burke in the Daycare Trust offices, located a short taxi ride from Westminster, it is not difficult to see why he has won his reputation for persuasiveness.” The Guardian

“Initially it can be hard to see any connection between Denise Burke’s past life as a tax inspector and her current job as senior childcare manager for the London Development Agency (LDA). But as childcare expands at a rapid rate, anyone at the forefront of shaping policy must have a good understanding of the financial pressures involved.” Children and Young People Now

“Hammersmith and Fulham boasted the biggest fall in crime and child road deaths, the biggest increase in social housing, the most improved secondary schools, excellent children’s centres and services for the old (all home-help charges were abolished).The council’s leader, Stephen Burke, is a good man who is deeply committed to the under-fives – he was the recent director of the Daycare Trust – and also to the old, since he now heads the charity Counsel and Care.” Polly Toynbee, The Guardian

“This November [2010] Counsel and Care said goodbye to Chief Executive, Stephen Burke, who led the charity for over five years. Stephen’s drive and ambition radically changed the organisation from one that was little known and consulted to one that is now a powerful voice for older people, their families and carers.” Generations

“Spending cuts threaten to create conflict between generations as the middle-aged are forced to bear the cost of caring for children and the elderly, according to social policy experts. A report from United for All Ages, a new social enterprise, expressed concern that children’s centres could be closed and care services for the elderly cut, leaving families facing a “care crunch”. It said “generational tensions” were a significant risk as a result of the spending cuts and urged councils to create facilities where all generations could mix.” Daily Telegraph


  • Social Care Personality of the Year
  • IPR Sword of Excellence
  • PR Week charity award
  • NMT Childcare Business Regional Development award
  • Caring Times award


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