Who we are

Dr Shirley Evans – Chair

Shirley has worked in the field of inclusion and education, with a specialism in technology and more recently dementia care, for over 20 years on a local, regional, national and international basis and as a practitioner, manager and policy shaper. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Association for Dementia Studies where she is the Programme Manager for the UK Meeting Centre Support Programme project. Shirley is a trustee of Leominster Meeting Centre for people affected by dementia where she is the treasurer and is responsible for projects and funding. She is also Chair of Herefordshire Dementia Action Alliance.

Andrew Wood – Finance trustee

Andrew is a chartered accountant and experienced finance director over more than 20 years, and has also served in the charitable sector, as a trustee, over the last 30 years.  He has worked, at board-level, in the social care sector, since 2014, and in the wider healthcare sector since 2011, and co-owns a homecare business, serving Herefordshire, which has a particular focus on dementia care provision.  He is also a trustee of a Bristol-based charity, Alive!, which has provided innovative, meaningful activity sessions in care homes for more than 10 years, again with a focus on dementia care provision.

Clare Powney – Secretary

Clare has had a varied career working in local government, as a company owner and director, educator and most recently as Herefordshire Services Manager for the Alzheimer’s Society. Clare worked for the Society for eight years starting out as a trained dementia advisor and has built up a good understanding of the local needs of people living with dementia. She is currently working as a consultant in the sector. Clare has had personal experience of caring for someone with dementia and is passionate about developing great support across Herefordshire for both people with a diagnosis and carers. She is also a trustee of Leominster Meeting Centre.

Natalie Cooke – Trustee

Natalie is a registered Manager with a domiciliary home care provider in Herefordshire. Having worked in the sector for 15 years, Natalie has both a passion for raising awareness of Dementia and supporting those living with a dementia and their families. Natalie champions awareness and supports the local community with dementia information sessions, as well as being involved in the local Dementia Action Alliance, Like all our trustees, Natalie wants to see barriers broken down, Fears alleviated and live in a community where there is no stigma attached to people living with Dementia.

Ashley Winter MIW – Trustee

Ashley is an Armed Forces veteran currently working as a Welfare Officer for the Defence Medical Welfare Service, supporting the community and Wye Valley NHS trust. As a member of the institute of welfare Ashley is a qualified Welfare Officer, Mental Health First Aider and has completed many courses to support those living with Dementia.

Joy Valentini – Trustee

Joy qualified as a State Registered Nurse in 1976 and has had a varied career in and out of nursing ever since. She now runs her own home care business in Leominster and she is a Trustee and Manager of Leominster Meeting Centre. Her husband is now in a nursing home in the last stages of dementia. Three of their children live abroad so travelling is high on her priority list, along with a passion for increasing the understanding of dementia in the wider community.

David Pearson – Trustee

David worked in public libraries for all his career, and ended as Stock Manager for Worcestershire. Within this role he was responsible for social inclusion projects, and was instrumental in setting up Books on Prescription within the county. His late wife passed away from a rare form of Alzheimers in early 2014, and since early 2015 David has spent a lot of time working as a Volunteer Development Worker for both Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Roles included working on Dementia Action Alliances, disseminating information to stakeholders, related groups and individuals and families, and for liaising within communities to raise the profile and understanding of dementia. David is a Dementia Friends Champion, and also works for the Worcestershire Alzheimers Side by Side Service. He was invited to become a trustee of Dementia Matters Here.

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