Meet The Team

Anna Gaughan – Chief Executive

Anna has a health and social care background with over twenty years experience of working across these sectors. She originally qualified as a nurse and holds a degree in Social Policy and a Masters in Health & Social Care Leadership. She has held a number of senior posts across health and social care, latterly as Joint Director of Redesign across a PCT and Local Authority in Greater Manchester. She began to pursue independent consultancy, establishing her own company, Anna Gaughan Consulting (2004) and had been commissioned to work at national, regional and local levels (including as Lead for Dignity in the NW). She works collaboratively with a range of partners and other consultancies, as well as national organisations and local academic institutions. Anna also works as a coach and is a qualified NLP Practitioner. She is a Visiting Fellow with Manchester Business School and is a Director of the National Life Story Network. Anna is committed to developing the Life Story Network because she is passionate about people and is a committed champion of embedding a human – rights based approach. She believes that the work on people’s life stories will enable a return to relationship – based care where an individual’s unique personal identity and life experience will be cherished and valued.

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Jean Tottie – Chair & Director

Jean is an Occupational Therapist by profession who progressed in to general management in an acute hospital and then a health authority. In 2001 she was seconded to the Northern & Yorkshire Regional Office of the NHS Executive to manage implementation of the National Service Framework for Older People and helped to set up the first Dementia Services Collaborative. Jean then moved to work in a PCT and local authority on re-design of older people’s services and as an independent consultant before becoming Network Director for Older People’s Services across Greater Manchester.

Jean took early retirement in 2007 when her father needed more care and support as his dementia advanced rapidly. She was a carer on one of the working groups of the External Reference Group developing the National Dementia Strategy and since retiring Jean has held positions of Chair of Uniting Carers and Trustee at Dementia UK, carer representative on the Royal College of Psychiatrists Memory Services National Accreditation Committee and member of the Kirklees Admiral Nursing Steering Group.

She is the Carers Representative on the National Dementia Action Alliance Board and is also the Chair of the new LSN initiative – together in dementia everyday, ‘tide’ for short.

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Ruth Eley – Vice Chair & Director

Ruth is a qualified social worker and has a background in social care and the NHS. She is a Trustee of charitable organisation on Merseyside providing residential, day and outreach support services to older people, people with learning disabilities and people with dementia.

In her former role as the national programme lead for older people and dementia in the Department of Health, Ruth promoted Life Story Work as part of the Dignity campaign and ensured it featured in the National Dementia Strategy. Ruth now works as an independent consultant and remains passionate about the contribution of Life Story Work to health and well-being, in particular for people with dementia or other mental health needs who may not be able to tell their own stories easily. She is a strong believer that our biographies are essential components of our sense of self and Life Stories help us articulate that through whatever means suits us best as individuals.

Ruth is also the Chair of the Liverpool Dementia Action Alliance.

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