Research Network Local Area Coordinator for SE England
Place of work / study:
Connection with dementia:
Former Carer (Mother; Vascular Dementia), work for Dementia Friendly Hampshire (since 2013), volunteer for Alzheimer’s Society Research Network (since 2011), volunteer for Dementia Adventure (since 2016).
Involvement of with dementia research:
Member of Alzheimer’s Society Research Network which has led to me monitoring several Dementia Research Projects for Alzheimer’s Society, membership of a couple of steering groups and becoming a co-applicant on a couple of research projects
Tell us a little about yourself:
I gained a Physics degree from University and worked in the field of RF engineering for 15 years. I took a career break to travel and also volunteer on a Raleigh International Expedition to Chile in 2003 which led to a career change to teach English as a foreign language in China, Korea and India.
I returned to the UK to look after Mum and to help her get her diagnosis of dementia. I cared for her full time for 4 years until her death in early 2013. Since then I have worked and volunteered in several roles to do as much as I can to support those living with and affected by dementia.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
When I first arrived in a tiny village in Ladakh in India, my room in the school where I was to teach wasn’t ready for me, so I lived in a Buddhist monastery for a couple of weeks!