Our Team

The charity benefits from a committed and active team who join in and lead activities, raise awareness, fundraise whilst supporting and advising others how to develop dementia friendly communities.

Elizabeth Hitchins


Founder member of the charity. Worked 33 years in social care (adults and children) with Devon County Council starting as a social worker and finishing as a senior manager.

Jackie Penney Cousins


Retired from BT after 38 years – which included Contract Management, Procurement, and Risk & Policy Management. Joined the charity in November 2022 as trustee & treasurer

Ian Sherriff BEM


Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia at the Faculty of Health, University of Plymouth. Founder member of this charity. Chair of the Prime Ministers Rural Dementia group and Prime National Air Transport Hidden Disability group.

Claire Puckey


Worked across the statutory, charity and health sectors providing care and supporting vulnerable people. Formerly Dementia Friendly City Coordinator for Plymouth City Council for eight years before being appointed this charity’s Community Development Lead in October 2023

Judy Milam


Formerly worked as a PA for an NHS hospital and a GP Surgery. Judy joined the charity in 2018 and is employed to help promote and run the popular inclusive groups that operate for the benefit of people living with dementia, their carers, family and friends.

Gina Bastard


A mixed media artist, who joined initially as a volunteer after her parent died with dementia. Gina helped to form and run the successful art group for the charity and is now a trustee.

Caroline Hirst


With a background in nursing and midwifery, worked 8 years before retiring as a bank health care assistant at a local Hospice. Most recently supported her mother-in-law who had Alzheimer’s. Joined as a committee member 2014, becoming a Trustee 2019

Fiona Asián Del Barco


A former BBC Television regional news reporter and network producer, last managing public relations for an NHS health board and local government. Joined late 2015 and helps with communications

Peter Hearn


Retired as RAF Navigator after 33 years.  Next 15 years spent as Queen’s Messenger travelling, usually alone, worldwide. Has been with the charity since its formation.

Amanda Wirgman


Registered nurse (working part time) initially joined the committee as the parish council representative for Wembury. Became a trustee in 2019.

Dermod Drought


A medical rep for 30 years. Since retirement in 1998, has been a Parish Councillor, representing them for this charity and various other organisations including the 4 Rivers Dementia Alliance.

Dr Linda Durman


Retired GP with a special interest in the link between hearing loss and dementia. Committee member since 2022

Mo Joce


33 years in commercial procurement and has ‘Chartered Institution of Purchasing and Supply’ status. First learned about the charity whilst helping to look after her father-in-law who had Alzheimer’s.  Joined the committee in late 2022 after losing her sister to dementia.

Mary Norton


Retired Chartered Accountant. From 2009-18 was secretary of Ivybridge branch of the St Vincent de Paul Society, a voluntary R C charity. Was a carer for her husband who had Alzheimer’s Disease. Both were users of this charity’s activities. Joined the committee late 2023.

Dick Page


A retired GP with an interest in setting up a simple voluntary transport scheme for the charity. Joined the committee in early 2023

Adrienne Kennedy


Retired Pharmacist after 37 years, principally working in NHS manufacturing. Joined DFPY committee in 2023 as I wanted to support such an amazing local charity having had two family members with dementia.

Averill Fairclough


Retired Home Economist and Retailer. Family history of Dementia. Joined the committee in 2023.

Rob Hirst


Retired in 2018 as a GP after 28 years but still works part time for the Judiciary sitting on a tribunal panel hearing social security appeals. He has current experience of caring for his mother who has Alzheimer’s dementia. Rob started volunteering for the charity in early 2021.