Camilla Cavendish

Camilla Cavendish is an award-winning journalist and former Head of the Policy Unit in 10 Downing Street under Prime Minister David Cameron. As of March 2020, she is working as an adviser to the Department of Health, assisting with the COVID-19 pandemic.

She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she is researching demographic challenges. Camilla is the author of the UK government’s sugar tax legislation. She was a Non-Executive Director of the Care Quality Commission, the hospital and care home regulator, and wrote the independent Cavendish Review of nursing. She is chair of Frontline, a non-profit organisation which recruits top graduates into social work. Camilla writes the prominent weekly op-ed column in the Financial Times every Saturday, commenting on UK and international issues. She is also Contributing Editor to the Financial Times and is an occasional contributor to the Sunday Times where she was Assistant Editor.

Camilla appears regularly on TV and radio including Question Time, Politics Live, Radio 4 Today, Radio 4’s Broadcasting House and ITV’s Peston. As a Times columnist and writer she won the Paul Foot award for investigative journalism, Campaigning Journalist of the Year and Wincott Senior Financial Journalist. She began her career at McKinsey & Company and now sits in the House of Lords as an independent peer. She holds an MA from Oxford University and an MPA from Harvard.

Her first book, Extra Time: Ten Lessons for an Ageing World, was published in May 2019.


Extra Time: Ten Lesson for an Ageing World

Camilla Cavendish

From award-winning journalist, Camilla Cavendish, comes a profound analysis of one of the biggest challenges facing the human population today.

The Western world is undergoing a dramatic demographic shift. By 2020, for the first time in history, the number of people aged 65 and over will outnumber children aged five and under. But our systems are lagging woefully behind this new reality. In Extra Time, Camilla Cavendish embarks on a journey to understand how different countries are responding to these unprecedented challenges.

Travelling across the world in a deeply researched and entirely human investigation, and interviewing leading scientists about breakthroughs which could soon transform the quality and extent of life, Camilla contests many of the taboos around ageing, and sparks a debate about how governments, businesses, doctors, the media and each one of us should handle the final few decades of life. In this manifesto for change, she argues that if we take a more positive approach, we should be able to reap the benefits of a prolonged life, and help the elderly to play a fuller part in society. But that will mean a revolution: in work, in education, in housing, in medicine – and in our attitudes.

An intricate exploration of immediate, human issues, Extra Time features memorable stories certain to leave a lasting impact on all its readers.