Kissing it Better


KiB is working to end the isolation of old age by bringing the generations together. Our imaginative healthcare projects make an immediate and lasting difference to the lives of older people. Our teaching and training programmes make our expertise available to everyone.

“The beauty of the Kissing It Better model is that everyone involved benefits – the patients and their carers, the staff, those giving their time, the provider as a whole and the community.” NHS England report.

Our talented team have experience from across healthcare and education, as well as the media and performance industries.

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Our Team

Jill Fraser, Chief Executive

Nurse. BBC reporter. Once chased by a real and very large elephant in Windsor

Steph Elliott, Chief Operating Officer

Social worker. Project development manager. Prefect Ravenclaw House.

Estelle Rowe MBE, Head of Training

Director of engineering and science educational programmes. Care home director. Tap-dancing silver medallist.

Carole Richardson, Education Director

Teacher and teaching mentor. Internal quality assurance assessor. Loves to ride a big motorbike.

Susan Walls, Project Director

Journalist. Children’s television producer. Danni Minogue once wore her bikini.

Jackie Roxborough, Music Director, Midlands

Musician and performing arts specialist. Teacher and mentor. Often mistaken for Pauline Quirk.

Chloe Knibbs, Arts-in-Health specialist, Midlands

Classically trained musician and composer. Community Practitioner. Would love to go skydiving one day.

Nicola Gossip, Music Director, London

Drama school principal. Actress. Obsessed with derelict public buildings.

Our Patrons

Dr Phil Hammond

Phil is a physician, broadcaster, comedian and commentator on health issues in the United Kingdom. He’s been a tremendous supporter of our work, and even managed to include KiB in his NHS comedy script on BBC Radio 4. He says: “If I was given a million pounds, I’d give it to Kissing it Better. They put the fun and painted nails back into healthcare.”

Sir Andrew Motion

English poet, novelist, biographer, and former Poet Laureate. He joined us on projects reading poetry to care home residents and found the experience profoundly moving. “The beneficial effects are extraordinary. I’ve also seen how much good it does for the young people delivering poetry and music to the elderly residents.”

Nadhim Zahawi

Member of Parliament for Stratford upon Avon; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families. He says: "I wholeheartedly support the work of Kissing it Better and was delighted to be asked to become a patron of such an excellent charity. It is the simple things, so easily missed, that make a real difference; this is the genius of KiB's work."

Our funders

Logo: The Rank Foundation
Logo: The Rank Foundation
Logo: The Rank Foundation