Our Keynote Speakers 


The 2019 motion for the opening debate was…

“Environmental lies in care homes play an important role in delivering person-centred care.” 

The motion was proposed by Lynne Phair, Independent Consultant Nurse and Expert Witness and seconder Catherine Naj Dyke, Hazelgrove. The opposer was Professor Graham Stokes, H-C One, and seconder Keith Oliver, person living with dementia. The debate was opened up for discussion and contributions from the floor.

Lynne Phair.JP, Lynne Phair Consulting Ltd

Lynne is an Independent Consultant Nurse and Expert Witness for Older People. She has worked in the NHS, at the Department of Health and in the Independent Sector. She is the professional advisor to Milford Care, Best Interest Assessor, Visiting Lecturer University of Worcester, Quality & Service Director for Abbeyfield South Downs, Consultant to the Crisis Prevention Institute and member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Dementia Care and Journal of Adult Protection. She is also the author of the sitandsee® observation Tool and cofounder of Dementia the Montessori Way UK Ltd.  Lynne has written widely, speaks nationally and has been an advisor to BBC Radio 4 File on 4, BBC Panorama, ITV Exposure, and Channel 4 Dispatches.

Graham Stokes, HC-One

Graham Stokes is Director of Memory Care Services at HC-One and Honorary Visiting Professor of Person-Centred Dementia Care at the University of Bradford. He was previously Global Director of Dementia Care at Bupa and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS. He has more than 30 years’ experience as a dementia care specialist. He has been instrumental in developing and communicating person-centred approaches to understanding behaviour in dementia, with particular reference to behaviours that are distressing and challenging. In 2015 he co-chaired ‘What is Truth? An Inquiry about Truth and Lying in Dementia Care’. Among his many publications, he has written two anthologies of case studies of people living with dementia, ‘And Still The Music Plays’ and most recently, ‘Watching the Leaves Dance’.


Many thanks to Payam Barnaghi, Professor of Machine Intelligence, University of Surrey who joined us for the morning plenary session on Wednesday 6th November.

We also welcomed members of DEEP (Dementia Engagement & Empowerment Project) and tide (together in dementia every day) to the Main stage.

The Tom Kitwood Memorial Address was given by Professor Steven Sabat, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Georgetown University, USA.

Payam Barnaghi, University of Surrey

Payam Barnaghi is Professor of Machine Intelligence in the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) at the University of Surrey. He works on the development of new machine learning and semantic computing algorithms and techniques for future internet and web systems, with a focus on Internet of Things, time-series data analysis, information search and retrieval and their applications in healthcare and smart cities. He is Technical Lead of the NHS/Department of Health funded Technology Integrated Healthcare Management (TIHM) for Dementia project and Deputy Director of the Care Research and Technology Centre at the UK Dementia Research Institute.

Steven R. Sabat, Georgetown University

Steven R. Sabat, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Georgetown University where he offered courses in Clinical Neuropsychology, Physiological Psychology, and Introductory Psychology.  He is a three-time recipient of the Edward B. Bunn Award for excellence in teaching and a recipient of the College Dean’s Award and College Academic Council Award for excellence in teaching at Georgetown. His research over the past 37 years has focused on the remaining cognitive and social strengths, and the subjective experience of people with dementia. He is the author of numerous scientific journal articles and book chapters, and The Experience of Alzheimer’s Disease: Life Through a Tangled Veil (Blackwell Publishers, 2001), Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia: What Everyone Needs to Know® (Oxford University Press, 2018), and co-editor of Dementia: Mind, Meaning, and the Person (Oxford University Press, 2006).


A clinical update was given by Dr Adrian Ivinson, Dementia Research Institute

Dr Sahdia Parveen, University of Bradford, and colleagues

Dr Adrian Ivinson, UK Dementia Research Institute

Adrian completed his genetics undergraduate and graduate training in the UK before moving to the US where for eight years he was part of the Nature Publishing Group, including terms as Editor of Nature Medicine and Publisher of the Nature monthly journals first in Washington DC and then New York. He joined Harvard Medical School in 2001 as the founding Director of the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Centre. After 12 years building and leading the centre he took the position of Director of Translational Research and took on a number of new responsibilities at the neighbouring Brigham and Women’s Hospital: Executive Director of the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases; Executive Director of the Evergrande Center for Immunologic Diseases, and founding Executive Director of the BWH Institute for Neurosciences. Dr. Ivinson moved back to the UK to join the UK Dementia Research Institute in August 2017. Throughout his biomedical career Adrian has advocated for more collaborative approaches to tackling the most challenging neurological diseases and has been directly involved in designing and running a series of successful multi-institutional research programmes involving academia, industry, foundations and governmental agencies.

Dr Sahdia Parveen, University of Bradford

Dr Sahdia Parveen is a senior research fellow at the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies, University of Bradford. Sahdia is a health psychologist by background and joined the centre in 2013. Sahdia was awarded a prestigious early career fellowship from the Alzheimer’s Society in 2015 and also won the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Research Leaders award for patient and public involvement and engagement. Sahdia most recently led on the Caregiving HOPE study which explored motivation, willingness and preparedness to provide care amongst relatives of people living with dementia and the general public. She has also been a co-investigator on several research projects focusing on improving care and support for people living with dementia and their families. Her interests include: diversity and dementia (particularly the experience of minority ethnic communities), family carers, implementation science, behaviour change, development and psychometric testing of questionnaires and patient safety. Sahdia is also a member of the Alzheimer’s Disease International Medicine and Scientific advisory board. Sahdia is committed to ensuring inclusion, empowerment and celebrating diversity in dementia research.


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