Our people

Find out more about our Chief Executive, Directors and Board of Trustees, who lead Alzheimer Scotland's vital work. 

Chief Executive, Henry Simmons

Henry Simmons joined Alzheimer Scotland as Chief Executive in August 2008. He is a registered Social Worker, RMN and has an MBA.

Henry has over 20 years experience in the health and social care sector and has spent the majority of his career in the voluntary sector, primarily involved in developing new community-based person-centred services.

Henry has worked in both the learning disability and mental health fields. He was a Board Member of Alzheimer Europe for several years and is a General Member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland. He is also chair of the NHS NES/SSSC Dementia Programme Board and currently a member of the Fair Work Convention.

Recently, Henry has been fortunate to be awarded Honorary Doctorates from both Queen Margaret University and Glasgow Caledonian University.

Directors

Director of Finance & Corporate Resources - Kevin Craik

Kevin has been with Alzheimer Scotland since February 2011. A qualified accountant since 1997, he has always worked in the finance field and was previously with the MS Society, Trust Housing and ICAS.

As Finance Director and Company Secretary, Kevin is responsible for the organisation’s corporate services – finance, fundraising, facilities and IT. He ensures compliance with the relevant legislation and assists with the delivery of the organisation's strategic objectives and direction.

Director of Policy & Research – Jim Pearson

As Director of Policy & Research, Jim leads on all of Alzheimer Scotland's public policy engagement. A key aim in Alzheimer Scotland’s strategic plan is to be "the leading force for change". Our public policy work is essentially about transforming the lives of people who live with dementia. The work we do in Public Policy is meaningless unless it has a positive impact on those living with dementia. To that end, all of us can play a part in supporting the work of the public policy team. Its everyone's business and you can help by sharing the knowledge you a have about the experiences, good and bad, of those living with dementia.

Director for Localities – Marcia Ramsay

Marcia has always worked in the field of health and social care having started her career as a nurse, moving in to social work services and then on to the voluntary sector. She then spent a number of years working independent advocacy specifically working with people who have dementia and their families and then at a national level as Director of Advocacy 2000. In 2002 she moved in to the regulation of registered care services and worked for the Care Commission (and later the Care Inspectorate) for over 10 years, initially as a Locality Manager and latterly spending three years as Director of Adult Services Regulation.

Marcia joined Alzheimer Scotland as Director of Operations in May 2015 and has been Director for Localities since 2018, having spent the previous 3 years as the Director of Operations for Scotland in a large international charity providing services to people with complex physical and learning disabilities and adults with acquired brain injury. Marcia’s present role is primarily focussed upon leading the Localities Leadership Team in delivering a locality path of a range of supports and activities with and for people living with dementia and their carers across the whole of Scotland.

Office Bearers & Trustees

Alzheimer Scotland’s Board of Trustees have overall accountability for the charity’s strategy and its activities. They are all volunteers and contribute a huge amount of time and diverse expertise to the organisation.

Convener – David McClements

David McClements has been a partner at R+A Denny since 1998. He studied at and graduated from Edinburgh University. David has a particular interest in Mental Health and Incapacity Law and is presently a member of the Law Society's Mental Health and Disability Sub Committee and was a council member of the Law Society of Scotland for 11 years.

In addition to being Convener of Alzheimer Scotland, he is also Chairman of the Falkirk & District Mental Health Association.

Vice Convener - Archie Noone

Archie is Chair of the Scottish Dementia Working Group (SDWG). He is also Chair of the SDWG Research Group and an active member of the SDWG Transport Group. He is also a former lecturer of Anthropology.

As well as working with the Care Inspectorate and National Care Standards, he has also taken part in the European Parliament on the question of the elderly with dementia.

Archie actively promotes the work of the SDWG and Alzheimer Scotland countrywide and has established good network relationships with local professionals.

Treasurer - Ian Bell

Ian is a retired Chartered Banker with 38 years’ experience in the Royal Bank of Scotland. He holds or has held directorships and honorary positions with several other charities in Scotland.

He has direct experience of the impact of Alzheimer’s disease, with several family members having been affected.

Honorary Secretary - Diane Goldberg

Diane has extensive experience shaping and delivering business change programmes incorporating cultural change, new business processes and technologies. She is passionate about people and supporting people through change personally and professionally.

Her work with Alzheimer Scotland stems from her own mum being diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease aged just 54. Diane has been a Committee Member of the National Dementia Carer's Action Network (NDCAN) since 2011 and works alongside her colleagues to help ensure that carers become an integral part of the planning and implementation of health and social care policy and practice. Diane is married to David and has son, Austin.

Trustees

Pamela Brankin

Pamela has had a lengthy communications career, working across industries contributing to projects, businesses and brands, formulated media and marketing communications, and participated in ground-breaking clinical research collaborations. She has been involved in a variety of community projects - including befriending, teaching, fundraising and refugee support - for over 20 years. She has family experience of dementia.

Tom Carroll

Thomas is a Global Pensions Manager with HSBC and has also been a trustee of a financial services organisation in the past. He has close family experience of dementia and has supported Alzheimer's causes in Ireland for a number of years, before getting involved with Alzheimer Scotland.

Keith Chapman

Keith is a retired GP and has supported the work of Alzheimer Scotland for over 20 years, including awareness raising, fundraising and cooking at his local Dementia Café. He also has close family experience of dementia. Keith has a keen interest in dementia from a research perspective and participates in the Queen Margaret University Dementia Working Group.

Caroline Crawford 

Caroline has spent her working life in administration and took early retirement to look after her husband who had Picks Disease. She cared for her husband for several years at home. Caroline was very involved with her husband’s care both in hospital and the care home and was successful in having improvements made in the care home to the benefit of those with dementia.

She is also an original member of the Post Diagnostic Support Group for Stirling, Clacks and Falkirk and also on both the International and the Operations Audit Committees.

For all of Caroline’s adult life she has been a volunteer for several organisations and was the Chair of the Council for Voluntary Service in Clackmannanshire. She is the Chairperson of the Stirling & Clackmannanshire Branch of Alzheimer Scotland which is mainly involved with fundraising and awareness raising.

Susanne Forrest

Susanne’s background is in nursing, having initially trained as a general and then mental health nurse. Most of her career has been spent in education; firstly in the university sector as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, and currently in her post at NHS Education for Scotland, where she is Programme Director leading the Mental Health, Learning Disability and Dementia Programmes of work. She has also been involved in policy development and was seconded to the former Scottish Executive to take forward a review of Mental Health Nursing in Scotland.

She is passionate about improving the care and support of people with dementia and their families and carers and led the initial development, and now the ongoing implementation of the ‘Promoting Excellence’ framework and workforce development plan at NHS Education for Scotland.

Dianne Howieson

Dianne is a lawyer, a former carer and has been a trustee since Dec 2002. Between 2002 and 2006, she was a Helpline volunteer. In 2013 she became a volunteer for the Forget Me Not befriending programme in West Lothian. Since its inception, she has also been a member  of the organisation’s Dementia Action Network (DAN) for West Lothian. Because of her particular interest in the support and recognition of Alzheimer Scotland volunteers, she is the liaison trustee for the various Branches of Alzheimer Scotland as well as being a trustee member of two of the organisation’s Standing Committees.  

For 15 years she was a weekly volunteer tutor for a Local Authority’s Adult Literacy programme and also had 6 years’ experience as a regular volunteer inspector for the Care Inspectorate of Care Homes for the Elderly, in the Lothians, Fife and the Borders. These vol. roles have encouraged her to ensure that Alzheimer Scotland’s wonderful volunteers have a central role in, and proper recognition for, all they contribute to the work of the organisation.

Alan Jacques

Alan is a retired Old Age Psychiatrist, and the author of the popular textbook ‘Understanding Dementia’. He has always had a particular interest in the ethical and legal aspects of dementia and on collaboration in providing services. He is also on the Boards of Lifecare Edinburgh, the Meniere’s society and the Equality Network, and is on the Council for Music in Hospitals for Scotland.

John Laurie

John is an engineer by profession, becoming a Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers in 1971 and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 1992. He spent his working life as an engineer and manager in the construction industry based in Edinburgh and working on projects mainly throughout Scotland. He retired from work in late 2001 and from both Institutions by 2002 to support his wife Avril.

John initially became aware of Alzheimer Scotland during the year 2000 when Avril became ill and he became a full-time carer. Avril was eventually diagnosed as having vascular dementia and admitted to NHS Continuing Care in March 2005.

John joined the Council in 2004 and subsequently the Executive Committee and the Staffing Committee. John was Convener of Alzheimer Scotland from 2014 to 2017.

Mary-Frances Morris

Mary-Frances spent a number of years at Oxford University Department of Psychiatry, researching anxiety in mainly elderly populations and teaching psychology to undergraduate students of psychology and of medicine. She later studied law at Oxford University (New College) and was subsequently called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2004 and practices from chambers in London.

She has divided her time between London and Scotland for many years to allow her to play a very active part in caring for her parents in Scotland. Her late father suffered from vascular dementia for several years and her mother now also has the same condition. While this has been a personal tragedy, it has given her a great deal of experience of dealing with dementia and everything that goes along with it at very close quarters and has informed her passion for helping the currently ill and their carers as well as looking to the future of dementia care and prevention/cure.

Bernard O'Hagan

Bernard had a very positive experience of caring for his mother for nine years at home, following her diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. He is a member of the National Dementia Carers Action Network (NDCAN) and is committed to helping both current and future carers have a similarly positive experience.

Jane Pashley

Jayne is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, with 20 years of Human Resources experience, 11 of which were at senior management level within the voluntary sector.

She is passionate about understanding the challenges people face when delivering needs-led support and development and is enthusiastic about working to enhance the employment experience.

Tracey Ward

Tracey’s involvement with Alzheimer Scotland started when her mum Pat was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in 2007. Tracey’s mum and wider family benefited greatly from a number of services throughout her illness and since then, Tracey has supported the charity through various fundraising and other voluntary activities. 

Professionally, Tracey is a specialist at Scottish Enterprise where her role involves working with innovative Scottish technology companies, helping them partners and funding in the UK and Europe. She currently leads a programme of work with international partners focussed on innovation. She has a particular interest the role of digital technology for health and wellbeing and has worked with a number of companies developing solutions to help people living with dementia.