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.
Nigel was a Trustee for A4D from the outset in 2011, creating the website and responsible for the charity’s marketing activities. In 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 he 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.
Roberta joined the A4D team as Development Manager in 2020. Having spent nine years owning and operating an Indigenous art gallery in Australia, she has a vast range of experience within the art industry, from gallery management, developing workshops and exhibitions, to maintaining close connections with artists and patrons worldwide. A personal and significant understanding of dementia and the A4D charity led her desire to join the team, with her late father having attended the ceramics workshops at the Garden Museum in 2017. This experience enabled Roberta to witness the benefit of artistic cognitive stimulation first hand and she wishes to utilise this valuable experience along with her knowledge of the arts, to champion A4D in all areas.
Cicely Ryder-Belson, Social Prescribing Coordinator
Graduating from the University of Manchester, Cicely had an active involvement in engagement projects at the Whitworth Art Gallery, fostering a keen interest in how the arts and wellbeing sectors intersect. Since then she has gone on to gain experience at Penguin Random House and After Nyne Gallery, creating digital marketing strategies and organising national book tours. Motivated by championing art as a social and functional point of engagement, she is now working on the Social Prescribing Programme for Arts 4 Dementia.
Ellen joined the team in 2020 with a degree in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh. She brings experience of the arts sector having worked as a Development Assistant at Croydon Music and Arts, where her role incorporated the production and provision of arts and music events for young people. Ellen has a real passion for inclusivity and is delighted to be able to bring both this and her wider experience to the A4D team. She has additionally played and sung in bands and orchestras which, together with acting in a range of productions (most notably at Edinburgh Fringe), adds to her strong advocacy for the social and therapeutic benefits of the arts.