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

Margaret Brown

Karen Watchman

Elaine Hunter

Sandra Shields

Helen Skinner

Nicola Wood

Ruth Mantle

Tilda McCrimmon

Peter Gordon

Julie Garton

Lyn Irvine-Brinklow

Helen Fox

Colin MacDonald

Gillian Coghill

Christine Proudfoot

Alan Murdoch

Stephen Mullay

Andy Shewan

Elizabeth Shelby

Christine Steel

Alison McKean

Tom Russ

Fiona Kelly

Debbie Tolson

Sheila Clark

Patricia Seawright

Mary Seawright

Michael Turnbull

Kenneth Davidson

Paul Holland

Jane Douglas

Michael Craig

Ian McCourt

Laura McLeod

Daniel Lafferty

Ben Hall

Lucy Richards

Leigh Fell

Leigh Whitnall

Ray Fallan

Peter Charleton

Mary Charleton

Ron Coleman

Karen Taylor

Sebastian Fischer

Louise Stewart

Lyn Mathieson

Alison Leitch

Barry Gale

Heather Edmond

Martin Robertson

Fiona MacLean

Susan Docherty

Kainde Manji

Paula Brown


Alzheimer Scotland - secretary

National Dementia Carers Action Network

Scottish Dementia Working Group

Scottish Dementia Research Consortium

The Scottish Government

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

NHS Education for Scotland

Marie Curie

Health Scotland

Dementia Friendly East Lothian

Cobhair Bharraigh 

Dementia Friendly Kirriemuir

Together in Dementia Everyday


Sporting Memories Network

Outside the Box

Voluntary Health Scotland

British Association of Music Therapy


Church of Scotland

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

Paths for All

Home Instead Senior Care

Dementia Services Development Centre

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

Parkinson’s UK

Division of Clinical Psychology (British Psychological Society)

Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Focus on Dementia/HIS

Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care

Chartered Institute for Housing

Dementia UK

British Deaf Association

Heriot-Watt University

RCN Scotland

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Scotland


The College of Podiatry

British Dietetic Association (Scotland)

Get involved

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Cross Party Groups and GDPR

Please note that some Cross-Party Groups have external organisations that provide secretariat support to the Group. These organisations manage your information in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements. The links to the privacy policies, of the organisations that have provided them to the Scottish Parliament are available on our website.

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