Purpose of the group

  1. To provide a forum for MSPs, stakeholders and other interested parties to engage directly in dialogue to inform policy developments which impact on the health and well-being of people with dementia, their families and carers.
  2. To share the knowledge, experience and expertise of members of the group by sharing evidence from a range of personal, professional and academic perspectives. For example, in relation to priorities within the Scottish Government’s National Dementia Strategy. As appropriate, the group will produce briefings to enable MSPs to highlight new and emerging issues.

Forthcoming meetings

Next meeting:



Annual Return/Report

Group Officers

Group Members

Non MSP Individuals

Jordan Linden 

Agnes Houston

Donna Houston

Natasha Hamilton

Katharyn Barnett

Brendan McCormack

Karen Watchman

Margaret Brown

Debbie Tolson

Elaine Hunter

Sandra Shields

Helen Skinner

Nicola Wood

Ruth Mantle

Tilda McCrimmond

Andy Shewan

Hilary Peppiette

Peter Gordon

Patricia Seawright

Mary Seawright


Alzheimer Scotland - secretary

National Dementia Carers Action Network

Scottish Dementia Working Group

Scottish Dementia Research Consortium

NHS Research

The Life Changes Trust

Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland

Age Scotland

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

Scottish Care

Care Inspectorate

Scottish Social Services Council

NHS Education for Scotland

Marie Curie

Health Scotland

Dementia Friendly East Lothian

Dementia Friendly Arora

Cobhair Bharraigh 

Dementia Friendly Kirriemuir

Together in Dementia Everyday


Focus on Dementia

Sporting Memories Network

Outside the Box

Volunteer Health Scotland

British Association of Music Therapy


Church of Scotland

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

Paths for All

British Deaf Association

Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Get involved

Next meeting:


Tel: 0131 514 0006


Richard Lyle MSP

Scottish Parliament
Holyrood Road
EH99 1SP 

01698 479900