Our associates: Aubrey Maasdorp, Danuta Lipinska, Sylvia Cowleard and Julia Pitkin.

Bola Ajani

Bola has 10 years’ experience in both the legal and social care fields. Her interest in dementia developed through working in adult social care training, specialising in the Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and Equalities. Bola also delivers courses in safeguarding adults, safeguarding investigations, reablement and self-directed support, train the trainer and recording skills. She is an accredited Suzy Lamplugh personal safety trainer and a CMI certified coach. Bola holds a degree in law and a Masters in personnel development.

Dave Bell

Dave trained as a mental health nurse and has specialised in supporting people with dementia and their carers since 1986. Among other roles, he managed an NHS nursing home and spent five years as an Admiral Nurse team leader. He more recently worked as a specialist nurse for a Care Homes Support Team, supporting care homes with nursing at all levels, including providing training for care staff in all aspects of working with people with depression and dementia. Dave currently works as an Admiral Nurse on Dementia UK’s Admiral Nursing Direct helpline, and as an independent trainer. He lives and cycles in Brixton.

Kelly Brown

Kelly is a trained dancer with a degree from Middlesex University in dance science.  Since the age of 16 Kelly knew she wanted to enhance the health and wellbeing of older people through dance movement.  She has volunteered for over four years for the South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust with a leading dance psychotherapist in dementia care.  Kelly is lead dance development officer for Kirklees Council, designing and delivering a range of dance-based training courses for professionals and volunteers working alongside people with dementia in a variety of settings. She is responsible for initiatives that include chair-based activity, ballroom and Latin dancing, circle dancing and creative dance. Kelly is passionate about using dance to improve the lives of those living with dementia and their carers.

Pat Brown MSc (Dementia) Dip. Higher Ed. (Nursing) RMN

Pat is a registered mental health nurse (qualified in 1994) and has most recently worked as the Mental Capacity Act, (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard Lead Nurse for the local community NHS Trust, devising and delivering the MCA and Safeguarding training.

Prior to this she worked as an Admiral Nurse Clinical Lead for four years, supporting families living with dementia and was also a mental health specialist nurse within Care Homes (Nursing). As a consequence of gaining a better understanding of the whole family experience in the context of receipt of services, she is passionate about raising awareness of dementia particularly within primary care and acute care settings.

Pat completed her MSc in Dementia studies through Stirling University, Scotland in 2011. She has a particular interest in working with families using Behaviour Family Interventions and as a BFT trainer previously for the local Mental Health Trust she has trained all the Kent Admiral Nurses in using this approach when working with families living with dementia. She has a keen interest in Reminiscence work both on a group and individual basis.

Prior to working as an Admiral Nurse, Pats’ background has been working with individuals and families who are affected by psychosis using a range of individual and group therapy approaches.

Pat was a Police Constable for six years before embarking on her nurse training.

Julia Burton-Jones

Julia is a freelance trainer, having been involved in adult learning for 25 years. Her main interest has been in raising awareness of the role of older people and family carers among diverse groups of learners. A theme running through her training has been giving a voice to people with dementia, and friends and relatives who support them, including developing strategies for involving families in care home life.

Sophie Carr

Sophie lives and works in London and has 10 years’ experience of working in the Beauty Therapy industry. She has taught at the London College of Beauty Therapy for 5 years and has managed the Therapeutic Massage course for nearly 3 years. Sophie has treated many people with massage and has seen first hand the positive impact massage can have on people with dementia. She has seen how much those that support people with dementia also benefit from being able to carry out the treatment.

Sylvia Cowleard

After many years as an HR manager in various organisations, Sylvia moved to the care sector where her real interests lie. She has firsthand experience as a carer but also worked alongside carers in residential settings to provide coaching and mentoring. She has worked closely with managers of dementia care services, giving practical guidance on HR issues. In 2004 Sylvia became a freelance trainer and HR consultant, working in the care sector and specialising in dementia care. She enjoys devising and delivering training programmes which effect positive change in care practice within the care setting to support the wellbeing of services users.

Tim Forrester-Morgan

Tim began his career in Social Care in 1992 when working in a Care Home as an Activities Organiser with older people. He has worked in a number of care management and service development roles within Older Peoples Services consistently over the last 22 years.

Tim gained the ENBN11 in 2000 and has been a practising Dementia Care Mapper since 2001.

Tim has a passion for promoting activity in dementia care and has a wealth of experience in running coaching & mentoring projects for management teams within care settings.

For many years Tim has provided a range of Consultation Services for care settings offering guidance on development of appropriate therapeutic environments for people with a dementia.

Fiona Fowler

Fiona has worked in care services for older people for over 20 years and became a freelance trainer and consultant in 2006. She spent 12 years as an inspector and has held several managerial roles in older people’s services, specialising in dementia care. She was an associate consultant with the Dementia Services Development Centre at Stirling University for three years. In 2006 she became a freelance trainer and consultant. She is an accredited trainer in the use of Montessori techniques with people with dementia and one of the few people in the UK to hold this qualification. She has contributed to a number of publications on training and supporting people with dementia. Fiona has recently discovered a love of Brazil, and also loves pilates, zumba and Northern Soul.

Marian Hassall

Hello. My name is Marian. I am a qualified and experienced Social Care & Health Professional with over 40 years professional and personal experience to share with you. A former nurse, social worker and staff development officer. I am a clinical hypnotherapist, cognitive stimulation therapist, complementary therapist and volunteer Dementia Friends Champion. I am dedicated to lifelong learning and to improving the lives of individuals with dementia and their families, to live a quality of life and to enjoy the ‘journey’ this life holds..

Katy Hirst

Katy has a Masters degree in Drama and Theatre Studies with a specialism in Applied Performance from the University of Kent. As co-director of Bright Shadow, she is passionate about using performance to enable people to express themselves, build community and explore their creativity. She first started working with people with dementia during her degree and has loved working in this field ever since. Katy has worked with lots of professionals-from teachers to dementia care workers-facilitating them to utilise their creativity in the work place, work effectively as a team and try new and exciting ideas and approaches. With Bright Shadow she has delivered performance and dementia programmes in residential settings, produced and installation to raise public awareness of the experience of having dementia and has directed and performed in various touring productions.

Kath Kershaw

Kath lives and works in Barnsley South Yorkshire and has 25 years’ experience of working with groups/activities within the NHS. She worked in therapy services firstly in learning disabilities, and then in mental health and dementia (older persons service) where she developed her interest in Circle dance and Dementia. She was responsible for setting up the first circle dance group for people with dementia and their partners/carers. Kath is also a tutor in adult learning and in 2008 became a freelance trainer co owning and facilitating the Circle Dance in Dementia Training and Project. She is also an experienced creative writer and works locally delivering sessions for people with mental health needs.

Rhiannon Lane

Rhiannon has a Masters degree in Drama and Theatre Studies with a specialism in Applied Performance from the University of Kent. She has worked with people with dementia for the past five years and is dedicated to enabling older people to live well with dementia, to express their personalities and to enjoy the community in which they live. She is passionate about advocating for older people with dementia's right to live well and for their voices to be heard. As co director of Bright Shadow, Rhiannon has delivered performance and dementia programmes in residential settings, produced an installation to raise public awareness of the experience of having dementia and has devised and performed in various touring productions.

Danuta Lipinska

Danuta is a trainer and facilitator, psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice. Specialising in dementia care and all aspects of ageing, Danuta has a commitment to men and women with dementia, their families and those professionals who care for and support them in all environments. She has worked in the field of dementia care for 28 years and has pioneered counselling services for people with dementia, publishing ‘Person-Centred Counselling for People with Dementia’ in 2009. Since 2012 Danuta has been an action learning set facilitator with My Home Life. She is an international speaker and associate dementia specialist with Worcester University Association of Dementia Studies.

Aubrey Maasdorp

Aubrey is a skilled facilitator with more than 20 years’ experience as a trainer, specialising in dementia training since 2005. His interest in dementia developed through personal experience as a family carer and through volunteering in residential homes. Aubrey has expertise in training managers, in staff development issues and in equality and diversity. He has worked as a facilitator with Music for Life, supporting care home staff to reflect on the impact of music sessions with skilled musicians on participants with dementia. He is a certified yoga teacher and interested in the potential for yoga to benefit people living with dementia.

Rosemary Macro

Rosemary began working with people with disabilities in her role as a swimming teacher in the 1990’s. She went on to work at a charity for people with brain injuries. Rosemary also delivered chair exercise classes and line dancing to people in care, nursing and residential homes. She progressed to become a communication support coordinator facilitating groups of stroke survivors with communication difficulties post stroke working closely with speech and language therapists. The role also enabled Rosemary to visit and coach stroke survivors in their own homes. With experience of working with Stroke survivors and as a qualified teacher of adults she began training in Stroke Care. Rosemary has been a Stroke Care trainer for several years with a passion and a mission to help carers gain a good understanding of Stroke in order to provide best care.

Liv McLennan

Liv has had a passion for working for people with dementia since her teens, when her grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s-type dementia. After a a music degree and time as an Army musician, Liv worked for various charities, including the Alzheimer’s Society, developing projects mainly based around peer support and groupwork. 

Liv then completed the renowned Certificate in Music Workshop Skills at Goldsmith’s College, and has been self-employed as a community musician, working with different groups. The main areas she specialises in are Early Years, Community Choirs and people with dementia. She works with various organisations, including Westminster Arts, Age Exchange and Alzheimer’s Society delivering music, movement, reminiscence and cross-arts projects. She is also a trainer in these areas and has run training sessions for community musicians and care workers in how to incorporate these techniques into their work. 

Liv plays the cello, Highland Bagpipes and saxophone, and dabbles in ukulele and kantele! In her spare time she enjoys Circle Dancing and learning Appalachian Clog Dancing. She is also on the board of trustees for Sound Sense, the Professional Association for Community Musicians.

Mycal Miller

Mycal has been a trainer for many years, although he first started work in film and TV production after completing a law degree. He continues to combine training and production, and has produced a range of multimedia materials and dementia training videos, including ‘Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow’, ‘Remember Me’, ‘Sahara Lo’ and ‘Tomorrow is Another Day’. He also previously worked for Samaritans as London regional training officer, devising and delivering training. Mycal has worked with a wide range of learners in dementia care, including care staff, managers, nurses, volunteers, family carers and people with dementia. He is particularly interested in helping people develop good communication skills. In training, he promotes a ‘learner centred approach’.

Clare Morris

Clare Morris has a background in Speech & Language Therapy and is a UKCP registered psychotherapist who has worked with people with dementia and their families for 25 years.  Personal Construct Psychology is the theoretical underpinning for her work, a creative approach to understanding how people in any context make sense of events. PCP assists in standing in the shoes of a person experiencing progressive and fluctuating cognitive impairment and helps us to look at what it is that links the wide range of creative approaches to intervening and communicating with people with dementia.  In addition to training professionals from health, organisational and business settings in the application of PCP, Clare is involved in developing therapeutic approaches for people with dementia and their families, currently exploring the role of yoga for people who have cognitive impairment and their caregivers. She has a counselling and psychotherapy practice, providing both a generic service and a specialist service for people affected by all forms of acquired brain injury and their families.

Websites: www.livingwithdementia.uk.com and www.claremorris.org.uk

Jacky Mortimer

Jacky has a background of 30 years working in health and social care. She has been delivering training on the needs of older and disabled people for many years and has specialised in safeguarding training for the last 13. She wrote a manual on delivering cross cultural training, and recently had an article published in the journal Working with Older People about alcohol misuse. She is passionate about helping care staff develop ways of communicating with older people with dementia. As a disabled trainer, Jacky is involved in work to bring the user and carer perspective into the personalisation agenda, as well as delivering safeguarding sessions to service users with disabilities.

Rachel Mortimer

Rachel has a Montessori Diploma with distinction and is completing a BSc in Psychology. She is a professional artist and has worked as a carer. Her love for people motivates her to want to help those who face challenges with old age and/or dementia. Rachel's nurturing workshops revive life skills and improve mental condition, helping and inspiring participants to remember, reminisce and rediscover forgotten aspects of their lives.

Julia Patton

Julia brings to her training a wealth of practical experience and knowledge having owned and operated a domicilary care business, managed care homes in Sydney and London and worked in a managerial role within social services in large local authorities.  As a registered general nurse Julia’s interest focused on older people, especially those living with dementia.  Having achieved qualifications in adult learning, dementia care and compassion Julia chose to become a freelance trainer and consultant, is an active Dementia Friends Champion and facilitator with My Home Life.

Mike Phillips

Mike is a freelance trainer, facilitator, consultant and coach who is passionate about releasing potential through learning and development. He has delivered training across London, the UK and internationally using diverse interactive training techniques which build upon adult learning, brain-friendly and accelerated learning principles. Since establishing a charity in Wales, he has primarily worked in the voluntary sector in health and social care (including HIV, mental health and dementia) in various management and senior management roles. He specialises in a range of topics related to dementia care, including: management, leadership and team-building; personal effectiveness; HR, learning and development; communication skills; working with diversity.

Julia Pitkin

Julia trained as an occupational therapist and has a post graduate Certificate in Dementia Studies. She is the UK’s first certified Validation Trainer in Dementia Care, completing her training in Pennsylvania, USA. Her decision to specialise in dementia care was influenced by her work as a quality care auditor for a private sector accreditation company and for the former National Care Standards Commission, where she identified training needs for staff caring for people living with dementia in care homes. Her specialist interest and passion is in person-centred listening and communication, having recently made a training film called ‘Conversations that Matter: breaking through dementia’. Julia lives in a corner of rural Shropshire with chickens, dogs, alpacas and wifi.

Penny Redwood

Penny has worked in the social care field for over 30 years, as a qualified social worker, team manager and project manager. She project-managed award winning teams for the Dementia Services Collaborative and POPPS programme in Leeds, including running projects to hear the voice of people with dementia about services they were receiving. Penny now works as an independent educator and trainer, having set up her own company called Vision for Dementia; she is particularly interested in the combination of sight impairment and dementia. She provides independent user evaluations of services and is a WRAP facilitator. When not working, Penny enjoys walking and cycling in Yorkshire where she lives.

Jane Robinson

Jane is a BACP/UKRC accredited counsellor with twenty years’ experience of working with older people and carers. She has developed counselling services for carers and also enjoys running stress management and relaxation courses for carers. She supervises counsellors and other helping professionals and is interested in encouraging care staff to plan for their own wellbeing. Jane has lectured in counselling and enjoys developing and delivering training courses in many aspects of dementia care, including working with loss. She offers hypnotherapy as part of her private counseling practice, which includes work with statutory sector and emergency services staff. Jane enjoys yoga and making jewellery.

Marina Rova

Marina Rova is a dance movement psychotherapist, dance practitioner and researcher based in London. Her extensive professional experience has been shaped by her teaching career in dance education, her clinical practice in community and NHS mental health settings and her independent performance work. Specialist client groups include older adults living with dementia, adult psychiatry and perinatal mental health services. Marina developed her clinical work with elders working in day centres, acute mental health, continuing care units for dementia and end of life care. She is a Certified Dementia Care Mapper (Bradford Dementia Group) and has received extensive training on creative approaches in dementia and person-centered care. Marina is currently completing a funded practice-based PhD (University of Roehampton Psychology Department) researching kinaesthetic empathy combining the fields of dance movement psychotherapy, phenomenology and cognitive neuroscience. More information: marinarova.com

Dee Westwood

Dee brings over 25 years’ experience in health, social care and education, designing, developing and managing services for people with dementia. For the last 11 years she has enabled organisations to develop staff at foundation, specialist and leadership level, as a freelance trainer and associate dementia specialist with Worcester University Association of Dementia Studies. She has pioneered person-centred tools and thinking within the fields of dementia care, learning disability and dementia, and adult mental health services. Denise is currently involved in: inter-generational work with schools; training staff in acute hospital settings; end of life care and dementia; communities of learning that involve people with dementia and family carers as experts by experience.