Ann Pascoe, Founder and Family Carer (Interim Chair and Treasurer)

Ann Pascoe is the Founder of Dementia Friendly Communities (now known as Connecting Communities) and has been a Director of DFC CIC since the company was formed in 2012. Ann is a 2012 Churchill Fellow, has a MSc in Dementia from Stirling University, and is an Honorary Fellow of Anglia Ruskin University. Ann was also a non-executive member of the NHS Highland Board for 6 years until 2020. She has lived experience as a carer (Dementia – 12 years) and worked for many years as a Crossroads Carer – including facilitating staff training – at grassroots level.

Kirsten Broadfoot, healthcare and wellbeing research consultant

Kirsten J. Broadfoot, PhD, is a healthcare communication and community wellbeing research consultant living in Cromarty on the Black Isle. Originally from New Zealand, she has lived and worked in Australia, Japan, America and the UK, in the manufacturing, hospitality, healthcare and education sectors. Kirsti is an Associate Professor in Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and currently a research fellow at the University of Highlands and Islands.

Sally McCall, local resident

Sally is a long-standing member of the Brora community.  Besides running a very successful B&B for many years, she also worked for Crossroads (East Sutherland) both as a carer and a manager for over 10 years before retiring. Sally is passionate about putting her care experience and knowledge to good use.

Karina Ross, local resident and former employee

Karina is local to Helmsdale and was brought up in the village, only leaving at the age of 17 to be able to study BA (Hons) Business Studies at University in Aberdeen. Having lived and worked in Inverness for the past 10 years, Karina decided to return to East Sutherland in the summer of 2016 and worked for us for four years before leaving to pursue other work. Karina became a Trustee after her employment contract ended in early 2021.

Sarah Zeb,  OT and former carer

Sarah Zeb is an Occupational Therapist and brings experience of working with people with mental health problems and a personal family experience of dementia. Her professional interests have taken her as far as Fiji, Mozambique, Bhutan and the Palistinian West Bank where she worked as an Occupational Therapist. More recently, Sarah led the successful Veterans First Point Project in Inverness. Sarah’s professional interests include the use of technology in health and social care.

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