Meet the team

Photo of a large group of staff and trustees from YoungDementia UK

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.


Amanda Stratford
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.  

Emma Crozier
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 Green 
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 was diagnosed with young onset frontotemporal dementia in 2012 and they have received support from YoungDementia UK's support service team.  

Alison Kenny
Alison has over 15 years experience as a fundraiser in the charitable sector, most recently working as a consultant to support income generation as well as wider organisational and board development for small to medium sized charities.  She has primarily worked with arts organisations on revenue and capital projects but has also supported a number of welfare charities.  She became a Trustee of YoungDementia UK in 2014.

Lynne Maddocks
Lynne has been a Trustee since 2011.  She has always worked in the field of health and social care and first became aware of the charity when she was manager of the Carers Centre for north and west Oxfordshire. 

Since then she has enjoyed a varied career including the Co-op funeral business, managing a GP practice, as a community engagement officer for Aylesbury Vale District Council and now involving the public in medical research at the University of Oxford.  She brings this range of experience to both support and stimulate our work.

Clare Ridley
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.

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.

Donna Chadwick, National Development Manager 

Donna joined YoungDementia UK in June 2017.  She previously worked with people living with dementia as a student drama therapist and as a care manager of a dementia specialist care home.  She has also supported people under 65 years old with a diagnosis of dementia and a learning disability and joined us from the Alzheimer’s Society where she worked as a dementia support manager in Derbyshire.

Support Services - Oxfordshire 

Jana Khamis, Support Service Manager 
Jana has worked as a Dementia Support Manager in Richmond Upon Thames for the Alzheimer’s Society. She has also completed a master’s degree in Occupational and Business Psychology, helping her to broaden horizons into organisational change, assessment and wellbeing. She joined YoungDementia UK in September 2019.   Her interests extend to mental health, loss and bereavement and her passion for individual wellbeing intersects into her personal interests, which includes teaching and practising Yoga.

Young Onset Dementia Support Coordinator

Michelle Francis
Young Onset Dementia Support Workers  
  Simon Hutchens 
  Sandy Lord
  Kay Maguire
  Jenny Marks 
  Liz Rose 
  Paula Taylor
Young Onset Dementia Advisors Deborah Crawshaw
  Mandy Blair 
Adapt Project Worker  Liz Rose 

Support Services - Sheffield

Group Coordinator - currently recruiting


Anne Bajorek, Head of Fundraising 
Anne Bajorek joined the team in January 2018 as our first Head of Fundraising.  Anne has 16 years fundraising experience gained in health, social care and most recently the international disaster relief sector.  She has over 11 years experience of senior management helping achieve operational and strategic success.  Anne loves fundraising for organisations she feels passionate about and having had first hand experience of young onset dementia in her family knows the importance of YoungDementia UK’s work.  

Trust Fundraising    Tara Patterson 
Community & Events Fundraising   Claire Smith
Fundraising administrator    Catherine Harris
CRM Administrator   Catherine Kiely

Administration, Finance & Communications 

YoungDementia UK Administration       
Young Dementia Network Administration    Angela Walters 
Finance   Karen Warner
Communications Coordinator    Kate Fallows
Oxfordshire Newsletter   Sharman Oldham


Events   Vaughan Billings, Stuart Oldham  
Fundraising   Laraine Grenfell  
Information & Research   Judith Argles   
Photographer   Judie Waldmann  
Sheffield support group   Rhiannon Wright  
Walk & Talk   Roger Stammers   

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