Alison joined Dementia Adventure in December 2015. She is passionate about making a difference to lives of people living with dementia and their carers. As a child, her grandfather developed dementia and this influenced her career and prompted her take action to improve the experiences for families affected by dementia. Over the past 20 years she has worked within Adults Social Care in operational and strategic management roles developing and improving dementia services, with a short spell working with people with learning disabilities. She has successfully transitioned into the voluntary sector where she is embracing her roots as a practitioner once again, and is able to support people newly diagnosed with dementia to develop coping strategies and to make plans for their futures.
Alison has a holistic approach, with a background in sports and complementary therapies, her aim throughout her successful career has been to influence, and promote well-being for all and has combined this with her developmental roles to create exercise and activities that greatly benefit people living with dementia and cancer. She is also the co-founder of a cancer charity Annabel's Angels.
Alison enjoys networking and developing stakeholder relationships and partnership working. She is passionate about research and exploring new ideas. Her creative approach, enthusiasm and commitment to develop new opportunities for people affected by dementia are in line with the charitable objects of Dementia Adventure.