About us Meet the team Leadership Team Katie Antill - Joint Interim CEO I have been at Alzheimers & Dementia Support Services since 2018, and before that I was a Services Manager at Alzheimer's Society. My career before that was leadership and communications in the retail industry. I grew up and went to school in and around Gravesend and so am passionate about local the local community. I therefore bring to my role, as Senior Service Delivery Manager, a real commitment to good leadership throughout the organisation, ability to build strong networks, a desire to ensure the people who use our services get heard and involved and a passion for developing great teams. To me my role is not just about service delivery but about enabling and empowering people affected by dementia to achieve their rights and the best possible quality of life. Sarah Taylor - Joint Interim CEO I left school in 1996 and joined a youth training scheme to study for a Care NVQ Level 2. I adored spending time with my grandparents and loved the idea of working with older people, getting to know them and learning from their experiences. I worked in a variety of care settings whilst studying and found my passion was for community care as I could see how valuable it is for people to remain in their own home. I developed an interest in working with people affected by dementia, I found the need to adapt to the diverse needs of the individual to be a rewarding challenge. I continued to study, gaining higher level NVQs, assessor and teaching qualifications which led to me working at the same college that I first studied at! After a few years of teaching and training I started to miss the contact with people so I went back into care and support in a leadership role. I have been fortunate to be able to gain valuable knowledge and experience supporting people affected by dementia through a number of roles, I managed a project for supporting people affected by dementia in hard to reach communities and I worked for a national dementia charity. My proudest moment was achieving a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care with a dementia pathway. When I left school I never dreamed I would go to university, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and gained so much throughout the course. I joined Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Services in 2016 as a Co-ordintaor, with the support and encouragement of my colleagues and managers I progressed and became Senior Service Development Manager in 2018. I love working with this charity, being local we can respond to the needs of the community, an exciting challenge for me in my development role! I live in Northfleet so this is a charity that is very close to my heart. On a personal note, I have been happily married for 19 years and have a 14 year old son. Both my husband and son are very proud of the work I do, they have both volunteered their time to support the charity. Denise Kilshaw - Dementia Support Manager I started my career in the health and social care sector back in 1999. I was a young mum working part time as a Community Care Coordinator and I became very involved with my clients and their wellbeing. I developed skills both in management and care as I provided hands on support in addition to my office role. Within 6 years the business had developed rapidly and I made my way through the ranks to become Assistant Manager of my branch. To further my career I joined ‘Carers Choice’ as Registered Manager whereby I gained my management qualifications and led the KCC care contract for over 2 years. I then decided to look for a new challenge and so I changed my direction and took up the role of Senior Carer Support Worker with North West Kent Carers. The role consisted of providing support, information advice and guidance to carers, leading a volunteer respite team, facilitating support groups, workshops for carers, and project lead for partnership work with the PCT and GPs. I then continued to manage various supported housing and community support teams. I joined Alzheimer's and Dementia Support Services in 2016 after losing my father who sadly had frontotemporal dementia. His personality slowly changed in addition to other symptoms and at times this presented real challenges but it is important to say we still had our good times too. I wanted to put my experience and personal understanding to good use so I joined the Alzheimer's and Dementia Support Services team. I am passionate that people living with dementia and their families get the support they need when they need it and I’m delighted to be leading the Dementia Support Team.