Victoria Tomlinson

68 year old tech entrepreneur, TEDx speaker on 50+ generation, unretirement, BBC expert woman

Victoria Tomlinson FRSA is 68, founded her second business Next-Up five years ago and has developed an online platform to help employees coming up to unretirement, as well as running workshops for pre-retirement partners in professional firms. Victoria’s TEDx talk on a Generation of Wasted Talent has had 20k views.

A former director of EY on the London leadership team, she ran an award-winning comms and digital business for 30 years. She was founding chair of Women in Leeds Digital, now rebranded to WILD Digital, increasing the diversity of digital teams. She chaired the management division advisory board for University of Leeds and sat on Northern Ballet’s board for eight years. She is on HMP Askham Grange employment advisory board to help ex-offenders, is a Teaching Fellow of Lancaster University and a Fellow of the RSA.

Victoria is an Amazon bestselling author, blogger and BBC expert woman commenting on news. She has coached chief executives and directors, mentors start start-up businesses, young people, ex-offenders and those transitioning into retirement. Next-Up’s podcast, Re-think Retirement, helps people with inspiration and ideas for unretirement.

It is not unusual to live to 100 years old, yet people are retiring ever earlier. Despite retirement being an outdated concept, employers write people off from the age of 50 and individuals themselves limit their own ambitions after this age.

Victoria Tomlinson has just become a tech entrepreneur at the age of 68 and is being courageous in challenging the myths of age and the expectations of employers and society for people aged over 50.

Victoria is passionate about this generation of wasted talent; how helping people to be courageous and ambitious will give retired people another ten years of active life and reduce their chances of Alzheimer’s by 2.5x.  She is showing how to change older generations from being a drain on society, to net contributors.  And how employers can tap into the skills and expertise of experienced employees both before and after they retire.

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