Our team comprises Trustees and Staff, each one of us playing a vital role in providing support to younger people with dementia and their families. Members of the team are selected in part for their personal qualities, values and life experience.
Chair of Trustees. Amanda was appointed to the board in July 2018. She is also Healthwatch Cornwall's chief executive and has 25 years experience in the third sector. She is passionate about the difference charities and not for profits can make to local communities and wider society.
Adrian is Head of Health and Wellbeing at the EFL Trust where he is responsible for wide ranging person-centred support services in non-clinical settings designed to encourage healthy choices and self-management of long term conditions. He has also held senior charity roles as Director of Strategy for the Child Migrants Trust and at the Alzheimer’s Society where he was National Lead for Young Onset Dementia. He joined YoungDementia UK as a Trustee in 2020 with a determination to improve the support on offer to people diagnosed with young onset dementia.
Amelia has spent more than six years working across policy, public affairs and campaigns for a variety of health charities and membership bodies. This includes serving on an NHS England & NHS Improvement Clinical Reference Group. She joined YoungDementia UK as a trustee in 2020 and is excited to help the charity unlock the power of influencing to drive improvements in treatment, care and support for people affected by young onset dementia.
Emma has spent over 20 years campaigning for improved recognition of health problems, as well as access to effective medicines and meaningful care to improve the lives of individuals and their families. Most recently she ran her own global health communications agency. Emma’s experience when her dad was diagnosed with young onset Alzheimer’s disease drives her passion to change how dementia is understood and managed. She joined YoungDementia UK as a trustee in 2018.
Janet joined YoungDementia UK as Trustee in 2015 and was appointed Treasurer at the AGM in July, 2015. She is a retired finance director, with a background in banking and finance. She is also an experienced non-exec and trustee and has served on housing and other charity boards. Her husband Martin had young onset frontotemporal dementia and they both received support from YoungDementia UK's support service team.
Matt has led the involvement of people with lived experience of health conditions within charities for more than ten years, including eight years of working alongside people affected by dementia and has been Head of Involvement at Versus Arthritis since 2018. Matt is passionate about empowering people with both personal and professional expertise to work together to co-create new solutions that work for everyone. He joined YoungDementia UK as a Trustee in 2020 with a desire to continue to contribute to a cause he cares so deeply about.
Clare Ridley MBE
Clare is a business woman with over 25 years of international experience in driving change. She was honoured with an MBE in 2004 for her services to British businesses in Japan. She runs Unite Ignite which works in partnership with clients to bring about positive changes; focusing on strategic development, event programme management and organisational facilitation. Clare joined YoungDementia UK in 2014 and is excited at the opportunity to apply her experience to support YoungDementia UK in its ambition to expand.
Diane Williams has over 15 years senior management experience within the education sector. She has worked extensively at a strategic / director level to introduce and oversee a wide range of innovative projects and organisational change to improve business performance. Diane is currently a carer for a friend with a young onset frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and this ongoing experience has created a passion to ensure that those living with young onset dementia are fully supported in all areas of their life.
Tessa Gutteridge, Director
Tessa has worked with, been fascinated by and committed to people living with young onset dementia since 1996. Having researched the impact of this condition on individuals and families, she has played a key role in developing YoungDementia UK’s range of award-winning services in Oxfordshire.
Her values and approach are shaped by her personal experience with dementia as well as her background in mental health advocacy and advice work. She is keen to share what works well for and with people with young onset dementia, and to this end, initiated and leads the national collaborative Young Dementia Network.
YoungDementia UK staff team
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