UK Team

Dr Julie Christie, Region Manager

MSc in Dementia Studies, BA/Dip SW, RMN

Julie has experience of working with people living with dementia as a nurse, social worker and social work manager; and has a PhD in the subject of resilience and dementia. She has worked across a range of settings, including integrated health and social care, residential, care home and hospital sites, and has extensive knowledge on co-production, assessment, risk enablement, self-directed support, and issues of support and protection.

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Mary Marshall, Senior Consultant

Emeritus Professor, OBE

Mary Marshall is Hon. Professor at the University of Edinburgh and Professor Emeritus at the University of Stirling. She has worked in dementia care for over thirty years. She was the director of the Dementia Services Development Centre at Stirling from 1998 – 2005 and she subsequently became a design associate until 2015 when she joined the Dementia Centre Hammondcare as a senior consultant. Since retirement she has focused mainly on design. She is involved in consultancy, publishing, lecturing and research.

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Annie Pollock, Associate Consultant - Landscape Architect

Annie is an Associate Consultant with the Dementia Centre. Annie Pollock worked as an architect for several years before undertaking further studies in landscape architecture. Annie specialises in designing outdoor spaces for older people and those with dementia, providing consultancy and training services throughout the UK and abroad.

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Ricky Pollock, Associate Consultant - Architect

Richard (Ricky) is an Associate Consultant with the Dementia Centre. Ricky Pollock formed the architectural and planning consultancy Burnett Pollock Associates with partner David Burnett in 1974. Since then, the Edinburgh-based practice has established both design and research expertise in sustainable development, specialised care accommodation, assistive technology for disabilities and dementia friendly design. Richard is currently a consultant to the newly formed practice, BPA Architecture. He was also the Director of Architecture at the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) at the University of Stirling from 2008 up until this year.

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David McNair, Associate Consultant - Light & Lighting


David is an experienced and enthusiastic chartered engineer who is an expert in all elements of interior and exterior lighting. In addition to having qualifications in management and economics, in a long and balanced career he has accumulated vast knowledge and experience in design, maintenance, material procurement, contracts, energy efficiency and education. He has lectured extensively on lighting design, the workings of the human visual system and the different impacts of light on the human body, particularly in the context of dementia environments.

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Diana Kerr, Associate Consultant

Diana is a Freelance and Associate Consultant at HammondCare’s Dementia Centre with over thirty years’ experience as a trainer, practitioner and educator in aged care. Previously, Diana was the Course Director for the MSc in Dementia Studies at the University of Stirling.

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Emily Smeaton, Consultant

Msc, BA (Hons), MBPsS

Emily is an experienced researcher, trainer and consultant in the field of dementia care. She studied at Oxford University and completed postgraduate training in mental health at King’s College London. Emily has experience working with people with dementia, their families and carers in a research and clinical capacity both in the community and residential care.

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Oonagh Thompson-Bradley, Senior Project Officer

MPhil BSc (Hons)

Oonagh is an experienced researcher and project manager, having worked for almost ten years on ageing and dementia projects, primarily in Northern Ireland. She is passionate about supporting older people and people with dementia to live with confidence, wellbeing and dignity, by promoting excellence in environmental design, training and education, research and information.

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