Example One STEERING GROUP The Steering Group consists of individuals who have considerable knowledge of dementia and the health and social care sector. Members are individuals who have been elected by the wider membership and individuals who have been nominated by the Secretariat based on how they can support the objectives of the NDAA. People with dementia and carers are also represented on the Steering Group. Example Two BLENDING EFFECTS FOR YOUR WEBSITE GET STARTED NOW Example Three CLOUDY BLEND VIDEOS INTO YOUR SLIDER BUY A LICENSE

Kate Lee

Alzheimer's Society

Kate Lee,  Chief Executive Officer of Alzheimer’s Society since March 2020. Kate was CEO at CLIC Sargent for four years.

Kate’s proudest moments at CLIC have included successfully lobbying the Government to fund the funerals of all children under the age of 18; founding the Children and Young People’s Cancer Coaltion; and winning a £15m partnershis with Morrisons in 2017. Lee also oversaw the rebranding of CLIC Sargent, and won the Charity Times Charity Principal of the Year Award for her leadership style, her use of social media and her ability to make difficult decisions. She was recognised as one of Charity Times’ 25 Most Influential Leaders in the Voluntary Sector for her work on driving transparency and honesty across the sector.

Dawn Brooker

Worcester University

Dawn currently sits on the National Dementia Action Alliance board as the Research Representative. She is a qualified clinical psychologist and has worked in a wide variety of clinical, academic and managerial posts in services for people living with dementia.

Dawn was awarded a personal chair at the University of Bradford in 2005 in recognition of her scholarship in practice development of person-centred care for people with dementia.

Dawn currently sits on the Dementia Action Alliance board as the Research Representative. She is a qualified clinical psychologist and has worked in a wide variety of clinical, academic and managerial posts in services for people living with dementia. Dawn was awarded a personal chair at the University of Bradford in 2005 in recognition of her scholarship in practice development of person-centred care for people with dementia.

Graham Stokes


Graham Stokes is Director of Memory Care Services at HC-One and Honorary Visiting Professor of Person-Centred Dementia Care at the University of Bradford. He was previously Global Director of Dementia Care at Bupa and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS.

He has 30 years’ experience as a dementia care specialist and has been instrumental in developing and communicating person-centred approaches to understanding behaviour in dementia, with particular reference to behaviours that are distressing and challenging. His latest anthology of case studies, ‘Watching the Leaves Dance’ was recently published.

Jean Tottie


Jean worked in health & social care, her last post was as Network Director for Older People’s Services across Greater Manchester, before taking early retirement in 2007 when her father needed more care and support as his dementia advanced rapidly. Jean now works voluntarily to improve services for people with dementia and their carers.

She is passionate about supporting family carers to have a voice, to be partners in care and use their experience to help other carers as well as professionals so that services continue to improve.

With the Life Story Network Jean is working with family carers to build their resilience by focussing on communication & relationships using narrative therapy. She has recently helped launch the new carers involvement network, TIDE – together in dementia every day, hosted by LSN.

She was a carer on the External Reference Group developing the National Dementia Strategy, contributed to the development of the DH Commissioning Pack for Dementia, participated in the Royal College of Psychiatrists Memory Services National Accreditation Programme & the RCN programme on Transforming Hospital Care for people with dementia. She helped to develop the dementia declaration & has been an active member of the National Dementia Action Alliance since its inception.

Sarah Butchard

British Psychological Society

Sarah Butchard is a Clinical Psychologist working with older people, and people living with dementia, in Liverpool.  She works clinically for Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and is a Senior Clinical Teacher on the University of Liverpool Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme.

She is outgoing chair of the British Psychological Society’s Faculty of Psychology of Older People (FPOP). She is interested in how psychological approaches can support people living with dementia, developing services that focus on the impact receiving a diagnosis of dementia has on an individual’s wellbeing and relationships, and how people with dementia can live fulfilled lives with support.   Her research focuses around models that promote independence and wellbeing in dementia and on Human Rights Based Approaches to care.

Keith Oliver

Person Living with Dementia

Since May 2011 Keith has developed a unique role within the Dementia world of being a Dementia Service User Envoy and has become an important volunteer within the Kent & Medway NHS Partnership Trust.

He has given a number of talks at conferences in Kent, London and Middlesex to a wide range of audiences. He presented at the Alzheimer ’s disease International conference in March 2012 and at the UK Dementia Congress in Brighton in November 2012, and has been called upon to support training for care home staff and KCC library, museum, art gallery and Gateway services staff.

Keith’s skills and experience leads him to be kept very busy and he often supports the work of the Alzheimer’s Society by way of serving on their Service User Review group at Devon House in London, he is an active member of the Dementia Action Alliance seeking to deliver the Prime Minister’s challenge on
Dementia and represents Dementia UK on the steering committee for VALID (Valuing Active Life in Dementia) which is a project run by University College London and NE London NHS Trust.

Rachel Thompson

Dementia UK

Rachel is the Professional & Practice Development Lead for Admiral Nursing with Dementia UK. She has over 30 years nursing experience, of which 20 years have been in dementia care and has been a member of the NDAA since its outset, including in her previous role as the Dementia Lead at the Royal College of Nursing.

She has contributed to a number of NDAA work streams including the Carers Call to Action, The Right Care and continues to participate in the Dementia Friendly Hospital taskforce. She maintains ongoing contact with over 200 Admiral Nurses and continues to support the Admiral Nurse dementia helpline. Other roles include Chair of the Higher Education in Dementia Network  (HEDN) for the last 14 years, and is a member of the HEE Dementia Education workforce group, ‘tide’ Advisory group and Reading Friends.

Prof Alistair Burns

NHS England

Professor Alistair Burns is the National Clinical Director for Dementia at NHS England.  He is Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at The University of Manchester, Clinical Director for the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) and an Honorary Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist in the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust (MMHSCT).

He is Editor of the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Assistant Editor of the British Journal of Psychiatry, and is on the Editorial Boards of International Psychogeriatrics and Advances in Psychiatric Treatment.

His research and clinical interests are in mental health problems of older people, particularly dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. He has published over 300 papers and 25 books.

Helen Davies

Alzheimer's Research UK

Helen has 20 years’ experience in campaigning and influencing and she will put these skills to great use working as part of the NDAA Steering Group team. She is currently Head of Public Affairs at Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) and as such leads on high impact lobbying and influencing on behalf of the charity.

She works to ensure that dementia research stays at the top of the political agenda and Alzheimer’s Research is positioned as best it can be to undertake the important medical research work it carries out trying to find the first life-changing treatment for dementia. Her experience at ARUK is underpinned by a long career in public affairs and politics.

She first worked for two Labour Cabinet Ministers as a political researcher and then followed this by joining a public affairs consultancy as their Head of Research, where she led on client accounts from trade associations to charities and from large pharmaceutical companies to the NHS.  During her 10 years there she influenced and campaigned across a wide range of issues, leading campaigns to change and influence policy-making and legislation and raising the political profile for a number of organisations. Her background in campaigning and influencing, coupled with her knowledge and experience in issues around dementia means she would be a solid addition to the NDAA team and help the Alliance increase its impact and influence in this important sector.

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