Meet the Trustees

Anthony Wickins

Anthony Wickins

Chairman

Anthony founded Dementia Support in 2014 and is Chair of Trustees. Having been involved with St Wilfrid’ s Hospice for over 13 years, Anthony knows how important local charities are in supporting individuals and families who are struggling to come to terms with life changing illnesses. Dementia affects an increasing number of people in and around Chichester, and Anthony felt passionately that he wanted to do something special in this area, where he could really help to make a difference for others.

“We aim to deliver 10,000 square feet of purpose-designed space to provide a very full and complete support hub for local people with dementia and for their carers. The scale of the planned support hub is quite unique. The board of trustees collectively combines a broad mix of complementary and appropriate skill sets. Moreover, having good people, and doing the basics well, will ensure the success of Dementia Support in the community.”

Rebecca Randell

Rebecca Randell

Vice-Chair of Trustees

Rebecca (Becca) has over 20 years’ experience commissioning health and social care services for adults and children on behalf of local authorities and clinical commissioning groups. Acting for central, regional and local government, Becca has developed strategic partnerships within the health and voluntary sector involving national and international representation. Becca has also led external funding opportunities including regeneration, lottery and European social funding to secure the successful introduction of exciting new community projects.  She is currently commissioner for mental health services in West Sussex for children, young people and their families.

“The number of individuals at risk of dementia will increase as the population continues to age. There is therefore an ever-increasing need for broader support for those living with dementia, their families and carers. The national need is increasingly acknowledged, but most importantly, there’s a need for better and more integrated support in Chichester, Bognor and the surrounding areas. We are all very proud to be associated with a skilled and dedicated team who share the common goal of developing the Dementia Support Hub as a respected centre of excellence for dementia locally.” 

Lucinda Langmead

Lucinda Langmead

Trustee

Originally from Bristol, Lucinda now lives in Chichester with her family. Having obtained a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) from Cambridge University, Lucinda went on to teach at schools in Oxford and Chichester.

“Sadly I lost my father to Alzheimer’s disease. I was motivated to get involved with Dementia Support by the fact that something better in terms of care and support could be provided for everybody. My own personal experience has highlighted how dementia care can be improved; even if it’s only in a very small capacity, I feel it is definitely worthwhile getting involved.”

Sabine Margarson

Sabine Margarson

Trustee

Sabine is a qualified physiotherapist who has worked in the National Health Service for over 20 years. Sabine has personal family experience of dementia and has first-hand knowledge of the much-needed services, support and information required to help families and those individuals with dementia to live well throughout their journey of living with dementia. More recently Sabine has been involved in event management and project fundraising for charity groups including; volunteering with the NSPCC and St Wilfrid’s Hospice before joining Dementia Support in 2013.

Sabine was previously a Project Director for Dementia Support and is now a Trustee. She is a Dementia Friends Champion and has provided Dementia Friends sessions at several local businesses. An active member of the steering group for the Chichester and Bognor Dementia Action Alliance, Sabine lives in the Chichester area with her family and enjoys the opera, tennis, running and cake!

Sara Kelly

Sara Kelly

Trustee

Sara is a former general medical practitioner, based in the same Chichester medical practice for 31 years, and acted as mental health lead for local NHS commissioning bodies. Sara’s outside interests include gardening and singing, both recognised as highly therapeutic pursuits. 

“Seamless care for dementia is what we all want and that is an enormous challenge. Patients diagnosed with dementia want information, and they want answers to difficult questions such as does medication make a difference .. Individuals with dementia and their carers will benefit enormously from having access to up to date knowledge of what is actually out there in the form of help or support if needed.”

Sue Ahern

Sue Ahern

Trustee

Sue spent 27 years as a human resources professional with the retail group Marks & Spencer, which included responsibility as regional HR manager for the group’s international franchise operations in the Middle East and Mediterranean. Sue moved to Chichester with her husband, who is a keen sailor, in 2000 and set up her own recruitment & training consultancy. Sue worked closely with the local charity, St Wilfrid’s Hospice for a number of years providing recruitment and training support. Sue has been a magistrate for the last 10 years working in the youth and adult courts in Chichester and Worthing.

“In terms of dementia need, Dementia Support represents a very important charitable organisation. The concept of a dementia hub is designed to provide ready access to all support services under one roof. The one-stop shop is a brilliant concept, and the timing absolutely right for the launch of Dementia Support.”

Rory Gogarty

Rory Gogarty

Trustee

Rory is a solicitor with 30 years of experience both in London and abroad. He is currently a partner in a London based international law firm and lives in West Sussex with his family. He enjoys the outdoor life and when not walking his ever demanding dog, he is a keen cricketer and sailor.

Dr Abi Childs

Dr Abi Childs

Trustee

West Sussex Consultant Psychiatrist, NHS

“The new dementia friendly centre that the Chichester Dementia Support Group are building will be a very welcome addition to the area. It is an exciting and unique project.

The pioneering model of having a number of dementia services accessible in one place will improve the care and support for people with a dementia diagnosis, and their families, carers and friends. There will be more joined up working between all the agencies involved which will also enhance the experience. The idea that the hub will also be accessible for all ages, will help reduce the stigma surrounding the illness.”

Ken Watson, Trustee

Since moving to Chichester in 1984, Ken Watson has spent the majority of his career practising as an Architect in private practice. In 1991 he was the founding partner of Harding Neil & Watson, now HNW Architects and remains Managing Director. This is a firmly established business employing 40 people in total with central Chichester offices.

Ken also has established family roots in Chichester and lives in the city with his wife Kathlyn, their four grown up children having since ‘flown the nest’. Ken is a keen outdoor enthusiast, enjoys his weekly golf and is a keen water sports enthusiast. His business interest in the Architectural profession extends his area of operations throughout the south of England and involves him in numerous presentations to committees, key community organisations and public bodies.

Kevin Coppard

Kevin Coppard

Company Secretary and Honorary Treasurer

Kevin is a partner of a Chichester-based practice of chartered accountants and registered auditors. Kevin enjoys country sports and the occasional golf round, and he and his family share a keen interest in organic self-sufficiency. He is a director and trustee of Chichester-based charity CancerWise. 

“My late mother passed away prematurely due to advanced dementia. Her progressive decline in cognitive performance and memory retention was heartbreaking, for her grandchildren and us. Dementia Support will deliver the choice of stimulating community engagement, as well as expert guidance, consultation and practical support throughout the journey, the first of its kind in the area.”

Become a Trustee

We are actively looking for Trustees to work with us to support, for more information please email info@dementia-support.org.uk