Southern Brooks Community Partnerships

Our Partners

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We have been very fortunate to work with a number of fantastic partners since the start of the pandemic, who have given their time and expertise for free on numerous webinars that we have hosted, aiming to spread awareness of dementia. Thank you all!

South Gloucestershire Dementia Friendly Communities are a Community Hub for Playlist for Life. We have worked with them a number of times and urge you all to have a look at what they do.


Dr Joseph Webb: NIHR SSCR Capacity-building Fellow; Vice Chancellor's Fellow, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol

Joe is a social scientist with experience of research on the communication of people with cognitive impairments. He has worked extensively with co-researchers with lived experience to explore how communication in health and social care settings, and how it can be improved.

Dr Emily Oliver, Lead Dementia Nurse, Portsmouth Hospital University Trust

Emily is a registered mental health nurse who has specialised in Dementia since qualifying. Emily undertook a clinical academic research fellowship funded by NIHR that focused on how work system factors influence nurse's capacity to provide relationship centred care. Emily currently works as a Lead Nurse for Dementia at Portsmouth Hospital University Trust and her previous role was as a Consultant Admiral Nurse for Dementia UK. Emily's research interest focuses on compassionate care for people with dementia and their carers, particularly in acute hospital settings and she has recently been awarded a Florence Nightingale Travel Scholarship to explore this in Denmark.


Mark Swepson has been working as a dementia advisor for Sirona care & health for over 4 years, providing advice and support to individuals diagnosed with dementia, and their carers. He works alongside the GP surgeries in the Patchway, Filton, Bradley Stoke and Stoke Gifford areas of South Gloucestershire.

Sophie Intiglietta: Solicitor at Co-Op Legal Services

Sophie has been qualified as a Private Client Solicitor for 8 years and has specialised in Wills, Trusts, Probate and Mental Capacity. She has helped numerous clients plan for their future and in the event of their death or loss of capacity she has worked with their family, friends or associates to administer their affairs. Sophie is a Dementia Friend and has volunteered with Age UK South Gloucestershire for the past few years.


Katy Ponsford: Solicitor at Battens Solicitors Limited

Katy has been practicing as an Employment Solicitor and HR specialist since 2016. Having previously worked in several law firms in Bristol and trained in Cheltenham she joined Battens in 2017. Katy helps many employers navigate the pitfalls of employment law and advises employers on an ad-hoc and retained HR basis regarding day to day employment matters. She has also successfully pursue and defended several claims through the Employment Tribunal including claims for disability discrimination and Health and Safety detriment.

Katy supported her parents when they cared for her grandmother in their home through mid and late stage dementia, and Katy has a particular interest in mental health and raising awareness of hidden disabilities.

Lucy Smith : Managing Director of Inclusive Change Ltd and newly established social enterprise Inclusive Change at Work C.I.C.

In March 2020 Lucy and her husband Rich opened a new style of shop in South Gloucestershire. Your VIllage Shop is based in Stoke Gifford Retirement Village and they call it an Extra Help Shop - providing Extra Help to make shopping accessible for all customers. Lucy aims to make the shop dementia and autism friendly for customers and employees.

Lucy is also an associate trainer for The Curly Hair Project, an social enterprise that helps autistic people and those around them.


Sharron Tolman, Consultant Admiral Nurse, Dementia UK

Sharron Tolman is a Registered general nurse and Registered Mental Health Nurse . She has worked with people affected by dementia for over 30 years, in a variety of settings but mostly supporting people living at home. She set up an award winning hospice Admiral nurse dementia service and joined dementia UK 2018 to help develop new Admiral nurse services and support Admiral nurses in practice.

Mandy Blair: Young Onset Dementia Advisor, Dementia UK

Mandy has worked for Dementia UK since November 2013, having previously worked for Relate for 10 years.Mandy’s role within Dementia UK is to provide information, guidance, signposting and emotional support for people with young onset dementia and their families.

Mandy works in close partnership with the consultants at the Cognitive Disorders Clinic to provide timely, individualised support from the point of diagnosis. Part of Mandy’s role is to host regular groups to enable people to meet others in a relaxed environment and share their experiences.


Arabella Swift: Speech and Language Therapist, North Bristol NHS Trust.

Arabella works in outpatients and in the community with clients with acquired neurological conditions which includes Dementia. She is the Dementia Lead for the Speech and Language Therapy Team at NBT; she has a specific interest in Primary Progressive Aphasia and helps run a group for clients with PPA in South Glos.

Mark Poarch: CEO, BRACE

Mark Poarch has been Chief Executive of BRACE Dementia Research since 2008. BRACE funds laboratory-based and clinical research and provides dementia information for the general public.