Meet The Team

The concept of a national brain health initiative that would support dementia prevention was developed in partnership with the Centre for Dementia Prevention at the University of Edinburgh and Alzheimer Scotland. This was led by Professor Craig Ritchie from the University and Henry Simmons Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland. The concept received the support from the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in 2018 and in 2019 the Scottish Government commissioned Alzheimer Scotland to set up and host the new initiative Brain Health Scotland.  

Professor Ritchie and Henry Simmons remain actively involved in the delivery of this initiative alongside the ever-growing team who are responsible for its implementation as outlined below.
 

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ANNA BORTHWICK

EXECUTIVE LEAD

ROLE

Member of Alzheimer Scotland Senior Leadership Team.


Overall responsibility for Brain Health Scotland strategy and programme delivery.


Strategic Liaison with Clinical Advisor and Brain Health Ambassador.


Strategic Liaison with Scottish Government, NHS and Health & Social Care Partnerships.


Lead contact for partnership agreements, engagement programmes and operational matters.


Day-to-day management of Brain Health Scotland team.

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PROF CRAIG RITCHIE

CLINICAL ADVISOR & BRAIN HEALTH SCOTLAND AMBASSADOR

ROLE

Providing expert advice in the development of new brain health services in Scotland, liaising with NHS and Scottish Government colleagues as required to establish both demonstrator projects and longer-term roll-out plans.


Leading and responding to discussions on clinical elements of service, including evidence base, clinical decision-making, interventions and data requirements.


Providing clinical expertise as necessary to embed new services and brain health mindset across clinical, research and policymaking sectors.


Supporting efforts to increase participation in and funding of dementia and brain health research in Scotland.

International representation and engagement with relevant global organisations.

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HENRY SIMMONS

CHIEF EXECUTIVE ALZHEIMER SCOTLAND

ROLE

Overall Line management and supervision, contract management, implementation of grant programme and delivery.


Financial budget.


External contract negotiations and agreements.


Mainstreaming and general hosting within Alzheimer Scotland.

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NEIL
FULLERTON

PROJECT & COMMUNICATIONS LEAD

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DR JOANNA CRISPELL

EDUCATION PROGRAMME

COORDINATOR

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SARA
DI STEFANO

STUDY COORDINATOR &

RESEARCH NURSE

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DR STEPHANIE
ADAMS

ASSOCIATE SPORT &

EXERCISE LEAD