Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the governing body that administers the charity. Our Board of Trustees guides the direction and management of the charity and all major decisions are made by the Board. They work closely with staff and meet regularly throughout the year to review and formulate strategies and policies for all areas of the organisation.

Chair of Trustees, Professor Croisdale-Appleby says:

I feel passionately about making the care and support provided by Admiral Nurses available to many more families affected by dementia. I am committed to ensuring that Dementia UK will play an influential role in the future of dementia care on a national and local level. 


Chairman: Professor David Croisdale-Appleby OBE

Professor Croisdale-Appleby has extensive experience of being a Chairman and Trustee within the third sector. He is a professional corporate strategist and is a strategic advisor to many UK and international organisations.

Professor Croisdale-Appleby won the prestigious 2016 Sunday Times Non-Executive Director of the Year Award in recognition for his major contribution to UK health and social care policy and the not-for-profit sector over the past 20 years; and in particular for his leadership of Dementia UK, which has helped to transform the charity.

Within and beyond his professional career, Professor Croisdale-Appleby has extensive experience of working to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people. He is committed to the better treatment and care of people with dementia and has led a number of major initiatives to support this objective, including his role as Chair of the Topic Expert Group for Care of People with Dementia at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

Honorary Treasurer: Steve Clarke

Steve is Finance Director for Health Education England and prior to that was Director of Finance for NHS Midlands and East and for NHS East of England since its inception in 2006. He was previously Director of Finance & Performance for Trent SHA.

Vanessa Godfrey

Vanessa joined The Post Office as a graduate entrant, studied accountancy and became a Fellow of the Chartered Management Accountants (FCMA). Through her 28 years many roles shaped the commercialisation of the Post Office. At the end of 2008 she resigned to care full time for her husband, and nursed him with dementia, and cancer until his death in 2013. She had wonderful help from an Admiral Nurse and of St Richard’s Hospice.

Alongside this she was a trustee of Oxfam for six years, and the vice chair for two years.  Vanessa is also a Foundation Governor for the Church of England primary school where she lives; a Lay Canon of Worcester Cathedral and a Trustee of the Worcester Diocesan Academy Trust.

Steve Jamieson

An experienced chief executive and senior health leader, Steve Jamieson joined the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP) as CEO in 2017. Prior to this Steve was CEO of The Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, during which time the Hospice received an Outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission.

Steve has lead the professional nursing agenda as Director of Nursing at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), as well as holding senior nursing posts at St Thomas Hospital and Kings College Hospital London. His distinguished professional career includes roles as the President of the European Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and working as part of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and World Health Organisation on projects relating to HIV/AIDS. He is a Trustee of Dementia UK and Dementia Adventure Trust and a former vice chair of the Board of Trustees at the Sussex Beacon Hospice in Brighton.

Lady Barbara Judge CBE

Lady Barbara Judge is an experienced international corporate lawyer with significant experience as a senior executive, chairman and non-executive director in the private and public sectors. She is the first Woman Chairman of the Institute of Directors. Having worked in the US, Hong Kong and in the UK, Lady Judge is Chairman of the UK Pension Protection Fund and Deputy Chairman of the Tepco Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee, and Chairman of its Nuclear Safety Task Force. Among her other voluntary commitments she is a trustee of the Lauder Institute at the Wharton School of Business and Chairman of the Energy Institute (University College London) and a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, Centre for Corporate Reputation.

Professor Hilary McCallion CBE

Professor Hilary McCallion is a Managing Director of Hilary McCallion Consultancy Limited, a company developed to support organisations and individuals achieve their potential and succeed. Previously, she was Director of Nursing and Education at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust for 14 years, where she was responsible for professional leadership of nurses, clinical quality, patient safety, hotel services and education and training.

Professor McCallion has worked across the NHS and in Higher Education in England and Wales, and is a former Chair of the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, Director of Nursing and Lead Nurses National forum. She is an independent governor at South Bank University.

Robert Orr

Robert was with the global real estate services company, JLL Inc., for 29 years, serving as CEO EMEA following 15 years based in Germany and France. Since leaving the firm in 2009, Robert has developed a portfolio of non-executive and senior advisor roles in the private sector with companies such as Tishman Speyer, Redefine International Plc, EQT Private Equity and Canaccord Genuity. Robert brings 35 years’ experience in management and leadership, building businesses and client relationships.

Karen Patrick

Karen first became involved with Dementia UK as a fundraiser following the death of her step father from Alzheimer’s.  In September 2012 she walked part of the Great Wall of China raising funds for Admiral Nurses and to increase awareness of the work Admiral Nurses do.

After a career as a senior manager and HR specialist in the commercial sector Karen took a career break fulfilling caring responsibilities returning to work freelance. For the last 12 years she has worked as a consultant and is the Director of an employee relations and dispute resolution company, working with clients in the commercial, public, and not for profit sectors.

Karen is also a trustee of KSH, a Cambridge housing association and volunteers as a community and neighbour mediator, having previously volunteered as an Advisor for her local Citizens Advice Bureau.

Merrick Willis OBE

Merrick joined the Army direct from university and served worldwide for twenty years.  He was subsequently chief executive of a multi service NHS trust for nine years, and then worked in executive recruitment.  He has held two chief executive appointments in the charity sector, including most recently heading up the UK’s largest non armed service occupational charity.

He has held a number of board appointments as chair, non exec or trustee in different sectors, including spells as chair of a primary care trust and vice chair of a police authority.  He was appointed OBE in 1989.