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 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, OT and former carer
Sarah Muir is an Occupational Therapist and brings experience of working with people with mental health problems and a personal family experience of dementia. Her professional interests have taken her as far as Fiji, Mozambique, Bhutan and the Palistinian West Bank where she worked as an Occupational Therapist. More recently, Sarah led the successful Veterans First Point Project in Inverness. Sarah’s professional interests include the use of technology in health and social care
Nancy McAdam, living with dementia
Nancy McAdam joined our Board of Directors in February 2018. Nancy is originally from Airdrie and moved the Black Isle in 1985. Nancy has been involved in dementia work for the last 16 years and is part of a number of dementia organisations and groups including; The Scottish Dementia Alumni and also the Scottish Dementia Working Group where she sits on their International Committee. Nancy was awarded the BEM (British Empire Medal) in December 2015 for services to dementia.