Trustees

Our Board of Trustees are:

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David Fisher

David's wife, Sarah, was diagnosed with early onset dementia in early 2003 at the age of 53.  She sadly died in August 2007 after a fairly rapid decline.  David used to run his own business from home - a consultancy specialising in video and media production.

He is committed to helping and improving the services available to younger people with dementia.

 

Dr Jacqui Hussey

Jacqui  Hussey is a Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist in the Memory Clinic in Wokingham,  which is accredited by the Royal college of Psychiatrists and won an Outstanding Achievement award in 2014. She has always been a strong advocate for services for young onset dementia, setting up a Forum and new enterprises including psycho-education groups for patients and carers and a referral pathway which has led to earlier diagnosis and management. 

She is a founder member of Younger People with Dementia (Berkshire) CIO.

On the national scene, she is on the Steering group of the Young Dementia Network and helped to write new guidance on young onset dementia for the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2018.

She has a number of publications looking at delays in diagnosis and psychosocial support for young onset dementia.

She was awarded the Thames Valley & Wessex NHS Inspirational Leader award in 2015.

Dr Buchi Reddy

Dr Buchi Reddy is the Programme Manager and Clinical Lead for the NWL Diabetes Transformation Programme. He is also a Healthcare Public Health Specialist and trained as a GP with special interest in diabetes, a PG level training in Internal Medicine and a PG Diploma in in clinical nutrition from India. He has a very senior level experience in leadership and management.  He started his training in Internal Medicine and Diabetes in CMC Vellore, also met his future wife, Dr Leena Reddy who is now a psychiatrist in Oxfordshire NHS Trust. He is passionate and proud of his high profile work in the inner city slums of Chennai and at the Voluntary Health Services Medical Centre Diabetes Research Rehabilitation Centre, Chennai with special interest in caring for children and young people with type 1 diabetes. He practiced medicine and diabetes care in a range of settings across India and the Maldives before moving to the UK.

In the UK, after finishing his Masters in Public Health Nutrition from Southampton worked in different aspects of public health and the NHS ranging from commissioning, contracting, health promotion, prevention, health care public health and transformation work. He has done PRINCE 2, MSP and change management training and specially enjoyed his healthcare public health work supporting the CCGs, Community and Acute care in best practice, data intelligence, change management and transformation work on diabetes across Berkshire. He supported the Berkshire team in qualifying for the NDPP application and the subsequent transformation funding related work in NWL. He has significantly raised awareness about mental health, tackling stigma and workforce wellbeing in Harrow through Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training, working with the council, NHS, community, schools and the voluntary sector. He helped adopt “Time to change” pledge and promoted Mayor’s campaigns on public mental health. He helped procure HEE funding to develop a diabetes focussed “Expert Patient Programme” for Harrow.

   

Caroline Blanchette

 

Caroline has extensive experience within the field of HR, Employee Relations, Training and Development and Management, gained in construction, engineering consultancy, education, care and NHS environments.  She was one of the founding Trustees of the charity before taking on the role of Business Support Manager.  Within this role she worked closely with the Board of Trustees to manage all recruitment, HR, fundraising, marketing, PR and finance and has been successful in raising support from the National Lottery Fund.  In her previous roles, Caroline has also successfully achieved Investors in People, Disability Status Symbol and a Best Companies  awards in previous roles.  She  is currently Branch Director of Banyan Home Care Services and a Trustee for the charity.  Caroline is passionate about building well-managed services that improve the quality of life for those it supports.

   

Kathy Taylor

Kathy is a Community Psychiatric Nurse working in Wokingham for Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.  She moved to Berkshire from her native country, Wales, when she was 18, to train as a teacher.  It was there she met her late husband, Chris, who was also a teacher.  Their two children, both married, also live in Wokingham.  She changed occupation in her early 40s and has just completed an MSc.  Her other interests are sport and music.  She is passionate about cricket, something she shared with Chris and it was he who encouraged her to take up umpiring.  This led to a 12-year period as an international umpire, which she feels honoured to have experienced.  

It was through Chris that she first got involved with YPWD, though she’d worked alongside some of the dedicated professionals at Barkham Day Hospital for some time.  Chris developed early onset dementia and they received incredible support through some difficult times.  As the time of writing this, today would have been their 40th wedding anniversary.  She feels it’s the perfect time to honour him, and support the work of this wonderful charity, by becoming a YPWD Trustee.  She says "I will do my utmost best to support the remarkable endeavours of those who are part of the charity."

   

Peter Watson

Peter's wife was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2006 at the age of 59.  He soon became very concerned about the level of support for carers of people with  dementia, and particularly about the absence of specialist support for those with young onset dementia.  Peter is now on the Oxford Academic Health Network Advisory Group for Dementia, the steering group of the National Young Onset Dementia Network, the advisory group for tide (the Carers Network) and the board of the Dementia Action Alliance.  He is also a member of the Dementia Programme Board which is charged with the implementation of The Prime Minister’s 2020 Challenge on Dementia.

   

Alain Wilkes

Alain retired in June 2014 as a commissioner in Social Services with Wokingham Borough Council and worked in Social Services for his whole adult career. Alain has had a long standing interest in dementia and In Wokingham worked with health colleagues and the voluntary sector to improve dementia services in the area. Alain worked with a local voluntary group and health colleagues to set up a dementia day service and overnight residential care based in a local day centre. He  also remodelled the in-house domiciliary care service to work with individuals with dementia and their carers in their own homes.

In the new post of commissioner, Alain worked across West Berkshire with local authority and health colleagues to establish the post of Dementia Care Advisor for younger onset dementia - one of the few in the country. When the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia invited bids for local projects, Alain drafted the successful bid for dementia-friendly communities across West Berkshire.

Alain's interest in younger onset dementia developed when we was invited to become part of the Younger People with Dementia (YPWD) forum - the precursor to the YPWD charity.  When he retired he decided to offer his services to them. As well as Trustee Alain works as a volunteer, most recently with the Kata-kanuing sessions.