Our Associates

Our associates: Aubrey Maasdorp, Danuta Lipinska, Sylvia Cowleard and Julia Pitkin.


Surrinder Bains
Shakespeare Training and consultancy
Surrinder Bains is a professional trainer with over 25 years’ experience as a practicing Health Visitor and Registered Nurse. She has designed and delivered training for professionals, support staff and students in many health/social care settings.
Throughout her career Surrinder has developed her knowledge and passion for supporting people suffering from dementia. Having witnessed first-hand the positive impact sensory experiences can have on those with this condition Surrinder has spent the last few years working with the “Playlist for Life” charity raising awareness and delivering training. 
Playlist for Life is a UK music and dementia charity. They use the music of a person’s life to keep them connected to themselves and their loved ones throughout their dementia journey. When you listen to music, your brain lights up like a fireworks display, the results of that can be astonishing. She is herself a parent carer for her daughter who is on the autistic spectrum and knows first hand the challenges faced by carers. An active member of her local Carers Centre in Bath both as a trainer and a carer.


Helen Behrens
Shakespeare Training and consultancy
Helen is a registered nurse who has worked with older people in a variety of clinical settings for over 30 years. To increase her understanding of dementia, particularly of person centred care, she undertook and achieved the BSc in Dementia Studies at Bradford University 2009.
Helen believes the quality of care may be improved through equipping staff with knowledge and skills.  Over the past 18 years she has worked for a variety of educational organisations, including the Alzheimer’s Society, with responsibility for developing and delivering a wide range of courses covering all aspects of health and social care: Diploma level 2 and 3 Care and BTEC programmes, including the role of the lead Internal Verifier.
Helen is an informal carer for a close family member who has Alzheimer’s disease, so has understanding of the experiences from the perspective of an informal carer, not just a professional.


Kelly Brown
Kelly is a trained dancer with a degree from Middlesex University in dance science.  Since the age of 16 Kelly knew she wanted to enhance the health and wellbeing of people through dance movement, with a particular passion for working with older people.  She has volunteered for over four years for the South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust with a leading dance psychotherapist in dementia care.  For over 9 years Kelly was a lead dance development officer for Kirklees Council, designing and delivering a range of dance-based training courses for professionals and volunteers working alongside people with dementia in a variety of settings. She is responsible for initiatives that include chair-based activity, ballroom and Latin dancing, circle dancing and creative dance. More recently Kelly now works as a lead development officer learning architecture for UK Coaching, supporting Sport England and national partners to deliver the coaching plan for England. Kelly is responsible for supporting National governing bodies of sport and the leading physical activity agencies in developing and delivering excellent coach learning and qualifications across sport and physical activity. Kelly is passionate about using dance and physical activity to enhance the lives of people.


Julia Burton-Jones
Julia is a freelance trainer, having been involved in adult learning for 25 years.

Her main interest has been in raising awareness of the role of older people and family carers among diverse groups of learners.

A theme running through her training has been giving a voice to people with dementia, and friends and relatives who support them, including developing strategies for involving families in care home life.


Sylvia Cowleard
Beeches Training
Sylvia has been self-employed providing training to the care sector since 2004, devising and delivering creative, interactive and experience led programmes of training to effect positive change of practice within the care setting. All activities ensure an approach that is diverse, enabling and inspiring. She has developed and delivered a dementia pathway to support the QCF Level 2 Diploma and a Level 3 Dementia Certificate on behalf of Hampshire County Council and continues to develop and deliver dementia qualification programmes of training.
In addition to delivering sessions in a training room, Sylvia has coached and mentored carers and home managers, working alongside them to ensure best practice. She has first-hand experience as a carer enabling her to relate to different perspectives of care.   
More recently Sylvia has been involved in working with people with young onset dementia and their families and has devised and delivered training specific to young onset dementia.
Sylvia has experience of working with a variety of organisations including local authorities, private and independent organisations and charities such as Hampshire County Council, London Boroughs of Lewisham and Barnet, Abbeyfield Society, Dementia Pathfinders, Support in Dementia, Sovereign Care, Signature and Dementia UK.


Tim Forrester-Morgan
Tim began his career in Social Care and training in 1992 when working in a Care Home as an Activities Organiser with older people. He has worked in a number of care management and service development roles within Older Peoples Services consistently over the last 26 years.
For many years Tim has provided a range of Consultation Services for care settings offering guidance on development of appropriate therapeutic environments for people with a dementia. Tim has a passion for promoting activity in dementia care and has a wealth of experience in running coaching & mentoring projects for management teams within local authority, private, voluntary and the independent sector.
Since 2011, Tim has been Co-Director of the Dementia Training Company. He continues to be committed to making a positive difference to the lives of individuals with dementia, by raising awareness of their experiences and providing bespoke learning and development opportunities for those who support them.
Tim gained the ENBN11 at Middlesex University in 2000 and has been a qualified and practising Dementia Care Mapper since 2001. Tim is an NVQ/QCF Assessor and holds a PTTLS qualification.


Danuta Lipinska
Danuta is a trainer and facilitator, psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice. Specialising in dementia care and all aspects of ageing, Danuta has a commitment to men and women with dementia, their families and those professionals who care for and support them in all environments. She has worked in the field of dementia care for 32 years and has pioneered counselling services for people with dementia, publishing ‘Person-Centred Counselling for People with Dementia’ in 2009. Since 2012 Danuta has been an action learning set facilitator with My Home Life. She is an international speaker and associate dementia specialist with Worcester University Association of Dementia Studies.


Aubrey Maasdorp
Aubrey is a skilled facilitator with more than 20 years’ experience as a trainer, specialising in dementia training since 2005. His interest in dementia developed through personal experience as a family carer and through volunteering in residential homes. Aubrey has expertise in training managers, in staff development issues and in equality and diversity. He has worked as a facilitator with Music for Life, supporting care home staff to reflect on the impact of music sessions with skilled musicians on participants with dementia. He is a certified yoga teacher and interested in the potential for yoga to benefit people living with dementia.


Rosemary Macro
Rosemary began working with people with disabilities in her role as a swimming teacher in the 1990’s. She went on to work at a charity for people with brain injuries. Rosemary also delivered chair exercise classes and line dancing to people in care, nursing and residential homes. She progressed to become a communication support coordinator facilitating groups of stroke survivors with communication difficulties post stroke working closely with speech and language therapists. The role also enabled Rosemary to visit and coach stroke survivors in their own homes. With experience of working with Stroke survivors and as a qualified teacher of adults she began training in Stroke Care. Rosemary has been a Stroke Care trainer for several years with a passion and a mission to help carers gain a good understanding of Stroke in order to provide best care.


Anna Manning
Anna is a family carer for her Grandmother  who is living with Alzheimer's Disease. Anna has recently carried out training to deliver Dementia education on the Isle of Wight. She is volunteering with Circle Dancing for people with dementia, Elephant Club (music and reminiscence), Dementia Conversations and Playlist for Life. 



Liv McLennan
Liv McLennan is a community musician and creative practitioner who believes in the power of music and creative arts for change. She has had a passion for working for people with dementia since her teens, when her grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s-type dementia. After a music degree and time as an Army musician, Liv worked for various charities, including Alzheimer’s Society, developing projects mainly based around peer support and groupwork.
She works with community choirs & singing groups, people with dementia, people with Parkinson’s, and children aged 0-5 and their families. Liv has worked with various organisations, including Westminster Arts, Age Exchange and, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and Alzheimer’s Society delivering music, movement, reminiscence and cross-arts projects. She is also a trainer in these areas and has run training sessions for community musicians and care workers in how to incorporate these techniques into their work.
Liv plays the cello, Highland Bagpipes and saxophone, and dabbles in ukulele. In her spare time she enjoys Circle Dancing and is also on the board of trustees for Sound Sense, the Professional Association for Community Musicians. She is delighted to have recently moved back to Salisbury, after a very long time in London.


Mycal Miller
Mycal has been a trainer for many years, although he first started work in film and TV production after completing a law degree. He continues to combine training and production, and has produced a range of multimedia materials and dementia training videos, including ‘Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow’, ‘Remember Me’, ‘Sahara Lo’ and ‘Tomorrow is Another Day’. He also previously worked for Samaritans as London regional training officer, devising and delivering training. Mycal has worked with a wide range of learners in dementia care, including care staff, managers, nurses, volunteers, family carers and people with dementia. He is particularly interested in helping people develop good communication skills. In training, he promotes a ‘learner centred approach’.


Clare Morris
livingwithdementia.uk and claremorris.org.uk
Clare Morris has a background in Speech & Language Therapy and is a UKCP registered psychotherapist who has worked with people with dementia and their families for 25 years.  Personal Construct Psychology is the theoretical underpinning for her work, a creative approach to understanding how people in any context make sense of events. PCP assists in standing in the shoes of a person experiencing progressive and fluctuating cognitive impairment and helps us to look at what it is that links the wide range of creative approaches to intervening and communicating with people with dementia.  In addition to training professionals from health, organisational and business settings in the application of PCP, Clare is involved in developing therapeutic approaches for people with dementia and their families, currently exploring the role of yoga for people who have cognitive impairment and their caregivers. She has a counselling and psychotherapy practice, providing both a generic service and a specialist service for people affected by all forms of acquired brain injury and their families. 

Nuala Nagle
Nuala joined Dementia Pathfinders in December 2015. Nuala qualified as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist (DMP) in September 2014, graduating from her Masters at Goldsmiths University of London after training from 2011-2015 while also working part time as a Specialist Occupational therapist in the field of Neurology, where she continues to work. Nuala completed her BSc Hons in Occupational Therapy in 2007 in Queen Margaret University Edinburgh, Scotland. She worked in Scotland as an Occupational Therapist from 2007-2011. From both her professional backgrounds Nuala has gained a breadth of experience working with people from diverse backgrounds, all age groups and with a range of conditions including Learning Disability, Mental ill Health (including a six month honorary contract in forensicmental health as a DMP), Physical and Neurological conditions. Nuala has also worked internationally as a volunteer for dance and Arts based Projects.
In September 2012 Nuala initiated a 10 day programme entitled “Dance & Arts for Health and Well-Being” in association with charity J.E.L.A Foundation (based in U.K & Haiti). Nuala ran successful fundraisers in New Cross London and has served as a volunteer coordinating and running the programme in Limbe Haiti. Nuala also seized the opportunity to present about this project at United Nations conference ‘Commission for the Status of Women’ (Eliminating Violence against Women) in New York in March 2013. Nuala has continued to runthis programme annually until the present.
Nuala believes in the transformative nature of dance and the Arts which help to integrate the connection between our bodies, our minds and our spirits. From Nuala’s perspective dance/movement has the potential to enable individuals and groups to express their unique identity, communicate and relate to others and through this to experience a greater sense ofbelonging to their communities.


Charlotte Overton-Hart
Story Chaplain
Inspired by the quality time she spent with her Gran, Charlotte is a reminiscence facilitator and bibliotherapy practitioner. Charlotte runs Story Chaplain, a social enterprise made up of a collection of creative arts projects to support people who are living with dementia and their carers to have meaningful moments and creative connections. Charlotte has a particular interest in using words for wellbeing, and is currently completing a Bibliotherapy Masters. From shared reading to group poetry or creative writing, words have the power to help people tell their story or express what matters to them in the moment. The goal is never the words themselves, rather it's the connection beyond words.
Charlotte is also an Associate and Dementia Lead for Livability, the disability charity that connects people with their community. 


Mike Phillips
Mike Phillips Training
Mike is a freelance trainer, facilitator, consultant and coach who is passionate about releasing potential through learning and development. He has delivered training across London, the UK and internationally using diverse interactive training techniques which build upon adult learning, brain-friendly and accelerated learning principles. Since establishing a charity in Wales, he has primarily worked in the voluntary sector in health and social care (including HIV, mental health and dementia) in various management and senior management roles. He specialises in a range of topics related to dementia care, including: management, leadership and team-building; personal effectiveness; HR, learning and development; communication skills; working with diversity.


Julia Pitkin
Dementia Sense
Julia trained as an occupational therapist and has a post graduate Certificate in Dementia Studies. She is the UK’s first certified Validation Trainer in Dementia Care, completing her training in Pennsylvania, USA. Her decision to specialise in dementia care was influenced by her work as a quality care auditor for a private sector accreditation company and for the former National Care Standards Commission, where she identified training needs for staff caring for people living with dementia in care homes. Her specialist interest and passion is in person-centred listening and communication, having recently made a training film called ‘Conversations that Matter: breaking through dementia’. Julia lives in a corner of rural Shropshire with chickens, dogs, alpacas and wifi.


Penny Redwood
Vision for Dementia
Penny has worked in the social care field for over 30 years, as a qualified social worker, team manager and project manager. She project-managed award winning teams for the Dementia Services Collaborative and POPPS programme in Leeds, including running projects to hear the voice of people with dementia about services they were receiving. Penny now works as an independent educator and trainer, having set up her own company called Vision for Dementia; she is particularly interested in the combination of sight impairment and dementia. She provides independent user evaluations of services and is a WRAP facilitator. When not working, Penny enjoys walking and cycling in Yorkshire where she lives.


Marina Rova
Dr Marina Rova is a dance movement psychotherapist and researcher based in London. Her extensive professional experience has been shaped by her teaching career in dance education, her clinical practice in community and NHS mental health settings and her independent consultancy work. Specialist client groups include older adults living with dementia, adult psychiatry and perinatal mental health services. Marina developed her clinical work with elders working in day centres, acute mental health, continuing care units for dementia and end of life care. She is a Certified Dementia Care Mapper (Bradford Dementia Group) and has received extensive training on creative approaches in dementia and person-centered care. Marina holds a practice-based interdisciplinary PhD on kinaesthetic empathy combining the fields of dance movement psychotherapy, phenomenology and cognitive neuroscience. She is passionate about developing embodied practice interventions for a range of settings, contexts and populations including the health sector and community interest projects. She is also involved in service development initiatives through team building and bespoke training delivery offering specific guidance in embodiment and reflective practice.


Annie Stevenson
Integration in Care: Annie Stevenson
Annie Stevenson has extensive experience in all aspects of care from commissioning and care management to policy and front line provision with all user groups. She now runs her own consultancy called Integration in Care. This is facilitating people and sectors in care to connect and collaborate to improve effectiveness and efficiency in organisations, without costing anything, whilst enhancing user and staff experience.
Starting work in residential care led to becoming a hospital social worker where she specialised in dementia and older people early in her career. In the voluntary sector she was with the Abbeyfield Society, and was Help the Aged’s care homes Senior Policy Adviser. There she focused on campaigning for quality in care. She co-founded and co-produced the My Home Life initiative which has become a recognised movement to improve quality of life in care homes. Building on her national expertise on older people, she brought this to the Social Care Institute for Excellence (Scie) as Head of Older People’s Services. Recent work includes CQC, Carers UK and a number of councils inluding L.B Southwark, Buckinghamshire and now Milton Keynes implementing the My Home Life Integrated Care Strand. She is a trustee for the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA) and has written numerous articles. She is passionate about the need for changing attitudes to ageing, dementia and improving the quality of life for older people wherever they live.


Suki Turner
Suki started dancing at the age of three and after graduating she taught in many schools and colleges including RADA, Bird College and Mountview Theatre school to name just a few. Her professional work includes West End musical productions, films, national tours and regional repertory plays.
Since retiring from the theatre to bring up her two sons, Suki opened CentreStage Dance and Drama, teaching children from 3 years to adults, intermingling teaching with adjudicating festivals and being Head of Drama in a prep school!
In 2015 Suki was chosen to be an ambassador for the Royal Academy of Dance, using the Academy’s method of Dance for Life Long Well Being, teaching various styles of dance for older learners, including participants living with dementia and Parkinsons. She is also a Level 2 instructor for Wheelchair dancing.  Suki can be found teaching in various care and retirement establishments as well as at the Royal Academy.
Suki’s expertise allows her to teach both seated and non-seated learners in a fun but challenging way.