Gill WindleGill Windle (Principal Investigator)

Senior Research Fellow in Gerontology, Bangor University

Gill is a based in the Dementia Services Development Centre at the Institute of Medical and Social Care Research. She helps manage and lead 4 large UK Research Council funded studies which aim to improve the lives of older people.

She is also contributing to the development of research for two Welsh Assembly research networks relating to ageing (OPAN and NEURODEM), as well as contributing to the strategic direction of OPAN.

Michael BaberMichael Baber

Director, Age Watch

Michael is co founder of Age Watch, a national member of the Dementia Action Alliance. Age Watch explores how far ‘age related’ illnesses are the result of human biology and how far they are the result of lifestyle or culture.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. A former College Principal and Charity CEO, Michael has a particular interest in Knowledge Transfer and how the findings from research can be applied in practice.

Vanessa BurholtProfessor Vanessa Burholt

Director of the Centre for Innovative Ageing, Swansea University

Vanessa’s research focuses on older people’s attachment to people and places and she has published over 40 papers and book chapters.
She has worked on and led local, national and international research projects worth around €11M over the last five years – and is also the research member on the National Partnership Forum for Older People in Wales.


Andrew NewmanProfessor Andrew Newman

Professor of Cultural Gerontology, Newcastle University

Andrew has a particular interest in two main research themes. First, how people use museums and galleries in their everyday lives and second, museum and gallery policy construction, particularly its relationship to wider social policy. He is is Principal Investigator for two research projects which explore how art can improve the lives and well being of older people; and is Co-Investigator for a pilot study to explore the relation of creative arts interventions to wellbeing in later life (funded through the Medical Research Council).

Dave O'BrienDave O'Brien

Senior Lecturer in Cultural Policy, Goldsmith's College, University of London

Dave specialises in cultural value and urban cultural policy issues. He has just published his first book 'Cultural Policy Management, Value & Modernity in the Creative Industries' and recently completed a secondment and report to the UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Alongside Dementia and Imagination he is currently part of several ongoing research projects, including a major AHRC funded Connected Communities project on Cultural Intermediation. Dave is a member of the editorial board of the journal Cultural Trends.

Clive ParkinsonClive Parkinson

Director of Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University

Arts for Health is the longest established organisation of its kind. Clive is currently involved in arts/healthdevelopment work in Finland, Estonia and Spain. He is currently Chair of the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Well Being.

As a visual artist he has worked for both the NHS and voluntary sector, including leading on mental health promotion for an NHS Trust and managing day services for people affected by schizophrenia. He regularly blogs at

Victoria TischlerVictoria Tischler

Honorary Associate Professor, University of Nottingham

Victoria is a Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and former Editor of the BPS Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin. 

Her research outputs span social psychology theory, adolescent and maternal mental health, medical education, and creativity and mental illness. She facilitates creative activities in mental health settings and is a public engagement ambassador for the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE).

Bob WoodsProfessor Bob Woods

Professor of Clinical Psychology of Older People, Bangor University/Director, NEURODEM Cymru

Bob is co-Director of the Dementia Services Development Centre Wales. He has over 150 publications and has received awards from the Alzheimer’s Society, the British Psychological Society and the US Heartstone Foundation, in recognition of his contribution to this field. His research has involved the systematic development of evidence-based psychosocial interventions for people with dementia and their care-givers, including cognitive stimulation and life story books.




Professor Rhiannon Tudor Williams

Rhiannon Tudor Edwards

Professor of Health Economics, Bangor University

Rhiannon is Co-Director of the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation, Bangor University. She has been responsible for economic evaluation on a number of dementia trials funded by NIHR and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel for the European funded Actifcare dementia study. She is working with Dr Carys Jones on the analysis of social return on investment findings from the Dementia and Imagination project.