About Lord Joffe

Lord Joffe was a co-founder of Allied Dunbar Assurance (now Zurich Life) which he brought to Swindon in 1971. He was the Chair of the Allied Dunbar Charitable Trust which became the most generous charitable sector donor in Swindon. He also chaired the Swindon Voluntary Services Council, Ridgeway Hospital and then the Swindon and Marlborough Health Authority and the Swindon NHS Trust. Nationally he Chaired Oxfam and was also Chair or Trustee of many other charities. In the House of Lords he introduced the original Assisted Dying Bill. His wife Vanetta is an artist and they have both lived in Swindon since 1971.


The late lordship was a regular contributor and his last contribution was received shortly before the 2016 AGM. Below we quote from an email he sent to the Chair, Norma Thompson:

I was pleased to learn of the progress made by the Forum and my Charitable Trust will make a further grant to it. The Manager of the Trust will be in touch with you to arrange for payment recognising that although you are not a registered Charitable Trust you have a charitable purpose.

Best wishes for your work and the AGM.
Joel (Lord Joffe),
18 Oct 2016

The Management Committee on behalf of its members wishes to thank our patron for this generous contribution.

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Lord Joffe (1932-2017)

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Swindon Seniors Forum
a voice for Swindon’s over 55s

The SSF is a member of Age Action Alliance and is sponsored by AgeUK and Santander

Patron: Lord Joel Joffe, CBE

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