Board of Trustees
Geoffrey Shepherd, Chairman
Geoffrey was formerly chief executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity for 11 years and prior to that was a manager in the NHS. He is a fellow of King’s College London. Geoffrey is personally motivated by the need for improved care options for people with young onset dementia who are no longer able to live at home.
James Varley, Honorary Treasurer
James is a Chartered Accountant and has a Warwick University MBA. James left KPMG for the charity sector where he has worked for 20 years, principally with major funding charities including Trust for London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.
Caroline has worked in the NHS since 1975 and has held positions in the Department of Health including Head of the NHS Women’s Unit. She has a Masters degree in Public Policy Studies and wrote her thesis on Special Needs Housing in the London Borough of Wandsworth. Caroline has worked as an Associate Fellow at the King’s Fund. She now runs her own consultancy dealing with health-related matters.
Before retiring John was the chief executive of the UK’s Food Standards Agency.
Prior to that he was chief executive of the National Learning and Skills Council, and before that chief executive of Oxfordshire County Council. He is the Vice Lord Lieutenant for Oxfordshire and a commissioner for the Care Quality Commission.
Andrea Shepherd (also Chair of YDUK and a Trustee since 2009)
Andrea began her career as a biomedical researcher and then moved into performance management, initially with a local authority and then for the Audit Commission. She has a graduate law diploma and now works as a consultant to the charitable sector.
Beth qualified as a social worker. She was Training & Development Officer for the Oxford Dementia Centre at Oxford Brookes University before starting her own consultancy and training company helping organisations improve the quality of their care to people with dementia.
Jean Ware-Morphy (also a Trustee for YDUK)
Jean is one of the founding members of YoungDementia UK and YDUK Homes.
She trained as an RMN (Registered Mental Nurse) and has worked in the mental health sector for over 25 years. She set up ‘ADAPT’, an advocacy service for people with dementia and has worked as a trainer in dementia care.
Jean helped found Daybreak Oxford, a charity providing respite days for people with dementia.
Ros is a Registered General and Mental Health Graduate Nurse who has extensive experience working at Director level within the NHS in Nursing and General Management roles following a career in clinical practice. In these roles she has had experience in commissioning and managing new developments , working in partnerships and developing business cases to support them . Her work ensures the delivery and governance of high quality care in the health and care system she works in.
Ros is currently Director of Nursing and Clinical Standards at Oxford Health NHSFT.
Stuart is a Chartered Surveyor and Past President of the British Property Federation. Formerly Chief Executive of the Cadogan Estate and Chairman of the Pollen Estate, Stuart’s current roles include being a director of Derwent London plc and Commissioner of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
Tessa Gutteridge, Director, YoungDementia UK
Tessa has worked in business, marketing and management; she has also volunteered in mental health, hospice, advocacy and advice services and was a Trustee of a mental health charity. Tessa has in-depth understanding of the impact of young onset dementia on individuals, families and the staff that support them.