Agnes Houston, MBE, Dementia Campaigner

Having been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2006, Agnes Houston was driven to push for better information and resources for people experiencing dementias and sensory challenges. She has occupied many high-level policy and advisory roles through which she has campaigned for improved dementia care and now sits on the Board of Dementia Alliance International. In 2015 she was awarded an MBE for her work in the field.

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Alise Kirtley, Dementia Care Consultant

After working in a care home, Alise Kirtley’s eyes were opened to the many challenges facing care institutions and motivated to do something to help improve the quality of life for people living with dementia, both in care homes as well as at home in the community. So Alise founded the Dementia Home Consultancy Group, offering a completely bespoke support service.  

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Arti Prashar, Artistic Director and CEO, Spare Tyre Theatre Company

Arti Prashar has worked creatively with older people for 20+ years and is Artistic Director and CEO of the Spare Tyre Theatre Company. Her arts practice is very much about engaging in the moment and finding different ways of communicating that are inclusive and uncensored for all people, including those living with dementias and their carers. Arti is also a Winston Churchill Fellow in Dementia, ageing and spirituality.

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Barbara Stephens, Chief Executive of Dementia Pathfinders

Inspired by personal experiences with dementia, Barbara Stephens has committed to supporting people living with dementias and their families throughout her life and career. She is Chief Executive of Dementia Pathfinders, a social enterprise committed to delivering education, learning, support and care for people living with, and supporting, dementia. Barbara is also a Caregiver-in-Chief at Unforgettable. 

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Beatrice Allegranti, Choreographer and Dance Movement Psychotherapist

Through her practice, Beatrice Allegranti explores how movement can be a pathway to re-establishing connection and communication within dementia care. She is an independent choreographer and filmmaker, UKCP Reg. dance movement psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and feminist researcher and educator. Beatrice also holds the position of Reader in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at the University of Roehampton. 

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Bisakha Sarker, Artist and Artistic Director of Chaturangan

Bisakha Sarker MBE, is an independent artist and Artistic Director of Chaturangan. She has produced and delivered several pieces, experiences and workshops for people living with dementias and believes culturally diverse dance to be an integral part of the social and cultural fabric of 21st century British culture. Through her work, Bisakha continues the search for a style which embraces the demands of a body changing with time.

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