Dr Ben Hicks

Dr Ben Hicks, psychologist and researcher with Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI), has over ten years research experience within the field of health and well-being.

Over the past two years, Ben’s research has moved into the field of dementia and he recently developed guidance for carers wishing to implement and use information and communication technology (ICT) with people with dementia as part of a project funded by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). This study explored the potential benefits of computer game technology for older men with dementia in Dorset.

His projects have included a scoping exercise of UK Dementia Care Nursing Research for the Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (DeNDRoN) and developing a model of dementia care for GuildCare care homes.


Kerry Mason

Kerry Mason is Christchurch Business Manager of MyLife Living Assistance. Kerry has been involved in the care sector within Bournemouth and Poole for over 14 years and is also a Dementia Friends Champion.

MyLife Living Assistance offers professional and compassionate support in the home, designed to help individuals stay comfortable and independent in their own homes.

Annette Sparks RGN RSCN Diploma in Child Health

As a registered Nurse Annette initially qualified in Orthopaedic Nursing, after which she completed General and Paediatric Nursing qualifications. Annette has worked as an NHS Paediatric Ward Sister, an Outpatient Manager, and a Ward Manager and Matron in a private hospital.

For the past 12 years Annette has been working in governance and quality assurance with BUPA Care Homes, Nuffield and then Care UK.

She became a Dementia Friend at BUPA and developed a training package for Health Care Assistants. On joining Nuffield Annette became a trainer for the Butterfly Scheme – a programme providing practical tips on how to care for a person with Dementia.