Institute for Ageing

Staff Profile

Graham Armitage

Deputy Director,


Experience and Expertise 

I have 25 years of experience in a variety of management and leadership roles in the Royal Air Force, the defence industry and higher education.  My main expertise and experience is in areas of project, programme, quality and general management, with a particular interest in partnered and collaborative working.  I have led teams of up to 2500 people in demanding, high risk and highly regulated environments.  Since 2006, through my work with the Institute for Ageing and Health, and associated engagement activity, and subseqently with the Newcastle Initiative on Changing Age I have built a broad understanding of most aspects of ageing and demographic change, as reflected both in the development of policy, products and services and in the University's programme of research. 

Current Role

In late 2006, I took up the role of Programme Director for the Campus for Ageing and Vitality, embedded within the Institute for Ageing and Health.  The role encompassed the development of vision, projects and supporting collaborations for the Campus, which is being developed on the old Newcastle General Hospital site in partnership with the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation trust. This role included the identification and development of business engagement opportunities and the facilitation of multi-disciplinary research activities, as well as the establishment of capital development projects.

With the expansion of the ageing agenda across the University under the Newcastle Initiative on Changing Age, my role was expanded and repositioned within the University as an Assistant Director of Research and Enterprise Services, with responsibility for Changing Age.  In this role, which was subsequently transferred into the faculty of medical Sciences, in addition to continued responsibilities for development of the Campus for Ageing and Vitality, I acted as the Deputy Director of the Newcastle Initiative on Changing Age, working closely with the Associate Dean for Ageing to shape and deliver the Changing Age strategy. As part of the recent restructuring of research and Innovation in ageing at Newcastle, I have now taken up a similar post supporting the Director of the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing in the establishment and development of the new Institute. 

As part of the Institute's engagement activity, I represent the University on the Partnership Board of Years Ahead (the NE Regional Forum on Ageing), Newcastle City Council's Age Friendly City Project and AdvantAGE Newcastle. 

Projects and Achievements 

Since joining the University, I have initiated and led a number of research and engagement projects and delivered various non-traditionally funded activities supporting the development of the campus for Ageing and vitality.   From 2007 to 2010, I led the N8 Centre in Ageing as part of the N8 collaboration of Northern of England research intensive universities, delivering the outputs required for its ERDF funding.  With Dr Lynne Corner, I initiated the development of the VOICE North research engagement panel and developed and delivered the Changing Age for Business project funded from the ERDF programme.  Since joining the university, I have delivered in excess of £2.75M of funding from ERDF, ESF and business projects.




Research Interests

My research interest is in management of partnered and collaborative working and in boundary spanning roles. This is currently applied in the context of management support to academic research organisations seeking to undertake engagement for innovation and research translation.

Research Roles

I am currently a doctoral candidate with the combined Newcastle University Business School / Grenoble Ecole de Management part-time Doctorate of Business Administration programme.

From 2010 to 2012, I was the Primary Investigator for the Newcastle University element of an ESF project investigating work and learning in later life.

I was the work package leader responsible for disemination and engagement of the TSB funded SALT project, investigating business models for assisted living technologies.