We are delighted to announce that Lionel Joyce, CBE, OBE, has joined Dementia Matters in the role as Chair. He will be working closely with the Board and SMT to guide the charity through the ongoing Coronavirus crisis and onwards as we look to reset, recover and refocus, keeping our service users and their families at the heart of all we do.

Lionel is known for being a leading voice, thought-leader and visionary in the healthcare sector. He is an experienced Trustee, NED and Chair with experience both regionally and nationally. He was made an OBE in 1998 and CBE in 2012 for contributions towards legal services and health and wellbeing respectively.

A former CEO of Newcastle City Heath NHS Trust, Lionel had a career with the NHS spanning 27 years and was a co-founder of Mental Health Concern.

Lionel stated “I’d finally, after many, many years of trying, eased into full time retirement when I got a surprise call from the board at DM asking me have a think about the chair post. So, I thought about it for ten minutes then decided ‘I absolutely have to do this’ and here I am, back behind a virtual desk and about to start preparing Dementia Matters for the next stage in its growth journey."

Our Interim CEO, Bev Reid, has had the privilege of working with Lionel before and couldn't be more delighted to have him join as Chair of Dementia Matters during her tenure with the charity. "When I took up the interim CEO role, I knew exactly who I wanted working alongside me as Chair and who had the right skills and experience to support the organisation and its people. I have known Lionel for many years, he is an outstanding and inspirational individual and I am delighted to be working with him again. His passion and commitment to delivering high quality services with service users and their families at the heart of them is truly palpable.  Both myself and the team at Dementia Matters are very much looking forward to the journey ahead!"

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