In August 2018 Debbie joined the charity as a weekend support worker and took over the role of Training and Development Coordinator in March 2020. Debbie brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously worked as a practice manager in a busy GP surgery, a senior manager of a charity supporting people with a physical disability as well as supporting people with a learning disability to learn life skills and live Independently. Her insight into the challenges of living with dementia has come through personal experience, as she has supported her father and now her mother with their dementia journeys.
Mandy qualified as a mental health nurse in 1981, working with older people and those with dementia. In 2012 Mandy joined the Cognitive Disorders Service at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) looking after those with young onset and rare dementias. Mandy learnt extensively from talking to patients and carers in this role. It has given her great insight into the challenges of living with many types of dementia. Mandy worked closely with the Membership Officer at University College London Hospital (UCLH), giving educational talks to those from hard to reach communities in London to raise awareness and understanding of dementia and improve access to the services.