Our People

Arts 4 Dementia is a charitable company limited by guarantee, with a fine team helping to establish the development of artistic stimulation for people in the early stages of dementia, and their carers.

Our patrons and Advisory Panel are leaders in arts and health; our board of Trustees bring expertise in business, medicine, the law, public service, marketing, event and business management and experience as care giver participants in A4D and other arts workshops for people living with dementia.


Advisory Panel


Founder and President


Our Staff

Nigel Franklin, Chief Executive

Nigel Franklin was a Trustee for A4D from the outset in 2011 and was responsible for the website and the charity’s marketing activities. In October 2015 he resigned as Trustee and was appointed Chief Executive. Nigel has extensive marketing and business development experience, particularly growing young companies in technology and Internet related activities, in the UK and overseas, including early dotcom auction site QXL, an online electronics retailer and Electronic Ink, a user experience consultancy. His website, technology and marketing expertise continue to be valuable to A4D in his role as Chief Executive and looks forward to building partnerships with other agencies to offer challenging artistic stimulation opportunities and spread best practice for families affected by dementia. Nigel has a BA in Engineering Science from Oxford and an MBA from London Business School. He recently retired as long serving Governor of The Working Mens’ College in Camden and remains a Trustee of London Medical Orchestra in which he plays the viola.

Lois Gillie, Charity Coordinator

Lois graduated with a degree in BA Fine Art from the University of Leeds in 2016, where she studied abroad for a year in Valencia, Spain. Previous to working at Arts 4 Dementia, Lois worked as Development and Communications Administrator and Development Officer for Alumni Events at Wolfson College in Cambridge, and after as Development Assistant at Kettle’s Yard, where she supported the gallery’s fundraising activities, managed their patrons and administrated the exhibition opening events. Lois has volunteered for a range of charities and arts organisations including Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination, Arts and Minds and Headway Brain Injury Clinic, and has run fundraising events on behalf of Cambridge Children’s Charity Week.

Imelda Dooley Hunter, Charity Consultant (0.2)

Imelda graduated with a degree in English from Oxford University, and is currently studying for a Masters degree in Literature and Arts, also at Oxford. She spent nine months working on a small cruise ship, running a tour programme which visited heritage sites around the Mediterranean, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Before coming to Arts 4 Dementia, she spent a year working for Community Interest Company Creative United on two programmes which enabled access to the visual arts and to music for people from low-income backgrounds, as well as volunteering at the Horniman Museum.

Alongside her role at Arts 4 Dementia, Imelda is the Creative Industries and Heritage Support Officer for Oxford University’s Humanities Division, and is developing their strategy for collaborative partnerships with creative organisations. Imelda has experience living with and caring for people with dementia, and a keen interest in how the Arts can become an integral part of this process.