Jill Shaw Ruddock
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In 1983, Jill moved to London to co-head the consulting firm , The Government Research Corporation. In 1985, she joined the US investment bank Alex Brown & Sons and became their Managing Director and Head of their London office in 1994. In 1999, she left finance and became involved in the theatre world, fundraising and sitting on the main boards of The Donmar Warehouse (until Nov 2012) and The Mousetrap Theatre Projects. In addition to her theatre involvement, she is a board member of Bowdoin College Museum of Art. She was a trustee of Bowdoin College for ten years.

In 2008, Jill began to research and write her book, The Second Half of Your Life, published in the UK by Ebury/Random House in February 2011 (10th printing). The book has been heralded as “one of the most important women’s books for a decade”, “ground-breaking”, “inspirational” and “the manual for women in the second half of their life.” In 2011, Jill set out to expand upon the ideas in her book and to make her words literally come to life. In May 2011, The Second Half Foundation( Reg 1141988) was approved by the UK Charities Commission with the purpose of creating The Second Half Centre in the NHS St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing . Using the five components of successful ageing, as detailed in Jill’s book, the Foundation aims to tackle isolation and loneliness for any person over the age of 50, The first Second Half Centre opened its doors to the public on October 29th 2012. The Second Half Centre currently has over 1500 members and hosts 68 hours of activities, classes and workshops weekly. The Second Half Foundation will now embark on their mission to template the model for ageing created at St Charles in London, throughout London and the rest of the UK. The Second Half of Your Life Foundation was selected by the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea as her charity for 2011/2012. Jill Shaw Ruddock is the winner of the 2011 Veuve Clicquot “Woman of the Year Tribute”, the 2012 Jewish Care Woman of Distinction Award, and the 2012 Common Good Award from Bowdoin College. Jill was named one of Kensington’s 25 most inspirational people by The Hill magazine. She is married to Sir Paul Ruddock and has two daughters, Sophie and Isabella.

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The Theory of Almost Everything: A Black Hole Paradox, ALS and Sex

(8) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 10:46 AM

The Theory of Everything, the movie starring Eddie Redmayne as scientist and author Stephen Hawking, and Felicity Jones as his first wife Jane, was inspired by the Jane Wilde Hawking's memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen which examines her relationship with her ex-husband, his diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral...

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Artists Over 50: The Rise of Second Half Creativity

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 9:52 AM

By the end of the year, there will have been three major exhibitions in Great Britain devoted to the work of artists at the end of their careers - Matisse, Turner and Rembrandt. Yet it wasn't until the middle of the 20th Century, that late life creativity was considered a...

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The Truth About Menopause and Manopause

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 5:37 PM

One might wonder why it has taken until this week for Time Magazine to have as their cover story: "Manopause?! Aging, Insecurity and the $2 Billion Testosterone Industry."

Of course all women, if they live long enough, go through "the change" -- the two to five...

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The Truth About Menopause and Manopause

(3) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 12:36 PM

One might wonder why it has taken until this week for Time Magazine to have as their cover story: "Manopause?! Aging, Insecurity and the $2 Billion Testosterone Industry."

Of course all women, if they live long enough, go through "the change" -- the two to five...

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Why the Verdict of the Oscar Pistorius Trial Will Reveal More About Us Than Him

(16) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 7:18 PM

Now that Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail, and we are no longer mesmerized with the latest minute-by-minute news of the bail decision, perhaps it is time to reflect on our own reactions to this tragic story. How many of us, on hearing the news of the famous South African...

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Is Gluten the Culprit in Our Fight Against Obesity?

(8) Comments | Posted September 15, 2012 | 9:19 AM

With the summer of 2012 coming to a close, British athletes have put the 'great' back in Great Britain. So, there is no time like the present for the Department of Health and the Royal Medical Colleges to renew their campaign to try and make real progress in addressing the...

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Why Abortion Is Taking a Front Seat in American Politics

(407) Comments | Posted August 26, 2012 | 3:16 PM

With the economy in free fall, moderate Republicans and disgruntled Obama supporters have been toying with the idea that Republican candidate Mitt Romney could be a viable alternative this November. Romney was actually starting to look like a "moderate Republican" on key social issues while having the business experience to...

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Should We Blame our Leaders or the System?

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 7:58 AM

A latest poll just published revealed that the Conservatives have suffered a double digit loss of public support since the March budget announcement. Labour is now seen as the most competent of the three main parties for the first time since the coalition began.

How has it gone wrong so...

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To Snip or Not to Snip Is Not the Question

(46) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 5:06 AM

Last week the German court in Cologne ruled that circumcision by parents of sons is an unlawful act. This ruling will be enforced even if performed by a qualified doctor, making them liable to prosecution.

Is this a landmark ruling to remove religious liberty or an insidious return of anti-semiticism...

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Assisted Death or Assisted Living

(56) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 8:00 PM

This week in the UK there is a renewed push by MPs to review the current guidelines regarding assisted suicide on compassionate grounds. Lord Falconer, who heads up The Commission on Assisted Dying reported that the current legal status is inadequate and incoherent. Understandably there are concerns that the elderly...

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The Solution Can Not Be More Debt

(6) Comments | Posted May 28, 2012 | 8:00 PM

I remember when I was a young girl, my mother would always balance the family chequebook at the end of every month. She would stress that this was the secret to good financial planning and would warn me, "It doesn't matter how much money you earn, you will never have...

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Who Will Suffer This Time?

(4) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 11:26 AM

Earlier this week I went to see the play Travelling Light at The National Theatre. It is a beautiful play about the birth of motion pictures, documenting local life in a Russian village (a shtetl) at the beginning of the last century . Although the play is a kind of...

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