STAFF AND DIRECTORS
Danielle, Magda and Sandra
Magdalena Swiecicka – Resources Manager
Magda’s background is in business administration, having worked previously as a training administrator for an IT training company and most recently for Dementia UK, where her main role was to maintain administrative systems, provide support for the training department and manage the training admin team.
Magda lives in London with her family. She enjoys being a mum and spending her spare time with her son and baby niece.
Danielle Goodwin – Communications Co-ordinator
Before joining Dementia Pathfinders, Danielle worked with the training department at Dementia UK. She provided administrative support for one-day courses and longer programmes in Kent, liaising with trainers and commissioners to ensure courses delivered the desired outcomes for learners. Her experience of caring for her Nan, who had vascular dementia, gave her a desire to work within the dementia care field.
Danielle enjoys life in historic Rochester, with her husband and their four children
Sandra Graham – Resources Co-ordinator
Prior to joining Dementia Pathfinders, Sandra worked at Dementia UK’s regional office in the West Midlands. She provided administrative support for all regional training courses and supported the regional networks of memory clinics and liaison services. Sandra cared for her mum who had vascular dementia, and values the opportunity to work with others who share her passion for improving the lives of people with dementia and their carers. Sandra lives in Wolverhampton and enjoys spending her spare time with her partner and their four children.
Barbara Stephens - Chief Executive
Barbara has held a variety of management and leadership positions in the not-for-profit sector, including the post of Chief Executive of Dementia UK, a role she fulfilled for 14 years, until September 2013. Barbara joined Dementia Pathfinders as Chief Executive in February 2014.
Barbara is a firm believer in solution-focused approaches to supporting people. She envisages many opportunities for Dementia Pathfinders to work in partnership with local communities, building relationships and creating resource-rich networks to enhance the well-being and health of people affected by dementia, their families, friends and supporters.
Barbara has recently joined the Unforgettable team Caregiver-in-Chief. Her role is to strengthen support for the community of people engaged with Unforgettable: family carers, people living with dementia, professional caregivers, friends, neighbours and others. Barbara writes a weekly blog, reaching out to the Unforgettable community, offering regular live chat sessions on our website and providing face-to-face support and advice through local meetings and events. Barbara lives on the Isle of Wight and in her spare time is studying A level Physics... for fun!
Andy Hopwood – Non-Executive Director
Andy is a founding director of Dementia Pathfinders. He previously worked for Dementia UK for 11 years in a variety of IT and management roles. Prior to that he worked in software development roles in telecommunications, direct marketing and logistics. His area of expertise is in information governance, information security and compliance and he is interested in using technology to help improve the lives of those affected by dementia. Outside of work Andy is a keen football fan and likes to play the guitar.
Jude Sweeting – Non-Executive Director
Jude's working life began with general nursing, then specialising in cancer care and a spell in prison nursing and work. She has worked in the voluntary sector supporting families and friends who care at home, including those living with dementia. She moved on to spend 12 years developing partnership and joint working approaches to dementia support services in the City of Westminster. During this time both her parents lived with dementia. Three years ago Jude moved to ‘Ladder to the Moon’ – a community interest company which inspires improved activity, events and engagements for older people with long term conditions – where she is a Director and Head of Quality and Enjoyment.
Jude is a Dementia Care Mapper, a qualified life and personal development coach and a Team, Management and Leadership coach. Her special interests are Arts and Dementia, well-being coaching for a quality life and supporting creative leadership.
Jude lives in London and likes to go on wonder filled mini adventures in the world and on Youtube and TedTalks.