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 2021 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."