Ann Pascoe, Founder and Family Carer (Chair)
Ann’s life took a radical change of direction when her husband Andrew was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2006. She became his carer, and has since gone on to become a passionate campaigner on behalf of families affected by dementia. Ann regularly speaks at national and international conferences and in 2012 inspired the creation of the rural Dementia Friendly Communities social enterprise in the Scottish Highlands. She is a 2012 Churchill Fellow and also a member of the Prime Minister’s Rural Dementia Group, set up in 2014 after the G8 London Dementia Summit to spearhead a global effort to tackle dementia through research. Ann is an Advisor to key dementia stakeholders, including Alzheimer Scotland and the Life Changes Trust (tasked with ensuring transformational change in dementia). In 2015 Ann was appointed as a non-executive director to the NHS Highland board. Ann obtained her MSc (Dementia) from Stirling University in 2014 and her expertise is around rural dementia issues.
Lee Bright, local resident
Lee Bright is an active member of the community in East Sutherland. She is former Secretary of Brora Community Council and is a member of the Friends of Clyne War Memorial Association. She is also involved with A Brighter Brora, a community development organisation aiming to improve and enhance the lives of those living in and around Brora. Lee’s enthusiasm and local knowledge provide a welcome and important contribution to the DFC Board of Directors.
Agnes Houston, living with dementia
Agnes Houston comes from a nursing background and worked as a manager in a chiropractic practice. She also cared for her Dad who had vascular and Alzheimer’s Dementia when she herself was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2006. Soon afterwards she joined the Scottish Dementia Working Group (SDWG) and has campaigned tirelessly on many issues including better training on dementia care in acute hospitals and raising awareness of visual difficulties commonly experienced by those with Dementia. She has spoken at numerous conferences in the UK and internationally, and has also had articles published and also done many radio and television interviews. Agnes is the retired chair of SDWG and present Vice Chair of the European Person With Dementia Working Group. We are delighted Agnes has agreed to become a Director (2014) of our Dementia Friendly Communities Social Enterprise and know that her vast knowledge will contribute enormously to our work.
Sarah Muir, NHS Highlands
Sarah an Occupational Therapist by background is presently working as the Project Lead for Veterans First Point in Inverness a service that has been developed in partnership with Poppyscotland Inverness. Sarah has her own family experience of living with dementia. Sarah values being part of the DFC board as it is a key opportunity to promote and share the real contribution that people with dementia bring to communities.