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.

                              

Frances Stradling

Frances is a retired Social Worker and worked with people with dementia for many years, both within Social Services and latterly the Memory Clinic in Wokingham.

She has a special interest in the issues faced by people who develop a young onset dementia.  

                               
 

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.

 

        

Dr Nicholas Woodthorpe

Dr Nicholas Woodthorpe studied for a BSc (Hons) Management with Economics and graduated at Royal Holloway, University of London in 1995. He then read medicine at University College London and qualified in 2000. He initially trained to be a GP and then specialised in psychiatry in 2004. He obtained his MRCPsych in 2007 and then did an MBA (Health Executive) at Keele University part-time, which he completed in 2010.
 
He started as a Consultant Psychiatrist for Older Adults in 2010 and worked in Bath, Maidenhead and Wells before commencing in Wokingham in 2012.
 
He has a particular interest in dementia, depression, anxiety and psychosis.