I have 20 years experience as a dementia care consultant, arts project manager and gallery owner. I have developed projects in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society and Age UK, local authorities and educational establishments.
I’ve worked with over 1500 people with dementia in care homes and hospitals – compiling, publishing and broadcasting their stories, and exploring the use of music to communicate with people who had lost the ability to speak. My archive of ‘dementia stories’ is made available free and used in the training of 1000+ care staff and nurses every year.
In collaboration with Charlie Higson and Paul Whitehouse I produced the Radio 4 series Ancient Mysteries for Woman’s Hour. Ancient Mysteries featured actors including Kathy Burke, Richard Briers and Felix Dexter reading stories from the Trebus Project archive. The series – a finalist at the New York Festival for ‘Best International Radio Series’ – reached an audience of over two million.
In 2016 I produced and directed the full length radio play ‘No Concerns, an everyday story about abuse’. No Concerns documents the emotional and financial exploitation of Margaret Wentworth – an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s by Nick her former partner. The play was a finalist in the category of best art project at the 2017 Dementia Care Awards.
I received the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to Arts and people with dementia in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours.