David Sheard - Chief Executive and Founder
Inspiring • Emotional • Driven
Over the last 30 years I have developed a reputation as a challenging and motivational speaker and as a leading dementia care consultant in the UK,Ireland, USA and Canada.
My main focus in speaking has been to hold up a mirror to reflect the realities of dementia care and what it really takes to 'get it'. After 15 years in health and social services in specialist dementia care posts, latterly as a General Manager-Old Age Psychiatry in an NHS Trust, I founded Dementia Care Matters in 1995. My purpose is to demonstrate that dementia care is about emotional care, and that this is no different to what we all need in life.
For over 10 years I worked as an external training consultant to Alzheimer's Society. Our beliefs and approach as a team are outlined in 5 publications which I have authored entitled the 'Feelings Matter Most' series, published by Alzheimer's Society.
I have an appointment as a Visiting Senior fellow in the School of Health and Social Care, University of Surrey and hold the Honorary degree award of Doctor of the University (DUniv).
In 2009 I worked as a Dementia Care Consultant to the BBC for the programme 'Can Gerry Robinson Fix Dementia Care Homes' believing this was the most powerful way to get the message across that dementia care could be so different.
For the last 30 years I have also been passionate, some might say obsessed, about collecting Victorian tiles.