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Our Trustees

Our Board of Trustees are:

Lisa Mooney - Chair of Trustees

Lisa became a Trustee in 2020 after finding out about the charity when she attended a local volunteering recruitment event. 

 Lisa brings a wealth of HR and talent experience to YPWD, having worked for several large corporate companies both in the UK and Australia, where she lived for 10 years.  Her areas of expertise include talent management, employee engagement and well-being as well as management and leadership development.  Lisa is currently working as a HR Consultant supporting businesses across a range of HR areas including management and leadership development as well as culture and engagement.  Prior to that she spent 6 years as the Head of Talent and Development at Suntory, the home of Lucozade and Ribena.

 Lisa lives locally and as Chair of Trustees is very involved in all aspects of YPWD.

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 North West London 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 clinical nutrition from India. He has 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 he 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 North West London. 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 the Mayors' campaigns on public mental health. He helped procure HEE funding to develop a diabetes focussed “Expert Patient Programme” for Harrow.

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.

Radhika Modha - Treasurer

Radhika joined YPWD as Trustee Treasurer in June 2021.  She became interested in dementia when a friend's parent was diagnosed and wanted to offer her skills to YPWD to help steer the charity towards further growth and success.

Radhika currently works for an engineering and technology company within their cyber security team and specialises in Controls, Governance abd Risk Management.  Prior to this she worked in Internal Audit, and is a Chartered Accountant.  She has previous experience as a Trustee with a smalll charity where she was the Treasurer.

Kathy Taylor

Kathy is a retired Community Psychiatric Nurse having worked 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 completed an MSc in recent years.  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 young 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 being a YPWD Trustee.  She says "I will do my utmost best to support the remarkable endeavours of those who are part of the charity."

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 being a Trustee, Alain works as a volunteer, most recently with the Kata-kanuing sessions.

Dr Raja Badrakalimuthu

Dr Raja is an old age psychiatrist in Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. He has worked with NHS since 2004, and has been a consultant since 2012. He is passionate about supporting people with dementia and their families. He is a specialist trustee with Dementia Carers Count. He has authored A Way With the Fairies, a fictional narrative of a eight-year-old whose father gets diagnosed with dementia.


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