Council members

Jan Burns

Jan Burns MBE

Safe and Settled Limited, Trustee, Chair - NDC

Responsibility:
Chair Lead Strategic Direction of Council

Major area of interest:
Future Development and Sustainabiity of the NDC.-To work effectively and efficiently with all partners to maximise resources and avoid duplication.

Do you currently serve on the governing body of any other organisations:
Trustee for Beacon Centre for the Blind - Sedgley West Midlands, Member of a Care Advisory Board for Supercarers Ltd.

Commitment to the principles and aims of the National Dignity campaign:
I have been involved with the Dignity campaign since its inception in 2008. I believe that dignity should be afforded to everyone as a human right - that it should be integral to how we live our daily lives and interact with others. I am fully committed to the fundamental message the Ten Dignity Do's commands and am dedicated to fulfill my role as a dignity champion, to go the extra mile in inspiring others to join me in ensuring dignity, respect and kindness is accessed by all.

Rekha-Elaswarupu

Dr Rekha Elaswarapu

Independent private sector, Trustee - NDC

Responsibility:
An independent Dignity Advisor and keynote speaker.

Major area of interest:
With well over fifteen years of experience in health and social care environment, both in policy and regulation as well as research, I bring a wealth of knowledge of the statutory, voluntary and academic sector to help provide joined up solutions for quality improvement.

Do you currently serve on the governing body of any other organisations:
Trustee of Age UK Ealing; Associate Fellow at the International Longevity Centre UK; Member National Hydration Forum. Formerly the lead for older people strategy at the Healthcare Commission and subsequently at the Care Quality Commission.

Commitment to the principles and aims of the National Dignity campaign:
I have acted as a senior policy advisor specialising in older people, nutrition and hydration, dignity and privacy, end of life, long term conditions, user voice and age discrimination with significant experience of government liaison. I was a key player in the development of many national strategies such as Carers Strategy, Stroke Strategy, Nutrition Action Plan, Hydration Action Plan as well as the Dignity campaign.

 

Jane-Finnerty

Jane Finnerty

Society of Later Life Advisors, Trustee - NDC

Major area of interest:
Older/Disabled People

Do you currently serve on the governing body of any other organisations:
Womens Institute

Commitment to the principles and aims of the National Dignity campaign:
Having been a member of the council since 2007 I am committed to furthering the dignity campaign and supporting dignity champions.

Jean Hardiman Smith

Dr Jean Hardiman Smith

Chair - Health and Care Committee of National Pensioners Convention (NPC), Health and Care Policy Advisor - Civil Service Pensioners Alliance, Trustee - NDC

Responsibility:
At the moment projects include an EU wide project on paid carers involving Lancaster University. A total of three National Dignity Council members are serving on an expert team of about 6 people.

Major area of interest:
My doctorate was on ethics, including the ethics of minorities, the sick and disabled.

Do you currently serve on the governing body of any other organisations:
I am also a Patient Ambassador for Self-Management UK. I am a Mentor and Trainer in self-management for Canary Health and Stanford University.

Commitment to the principles and aims of the National Dignity campaign:
I have a number of life limiting conditions, which have led to me being a patient of the NHS since birth, and have a long experience of primary care, secondary care and accident and emergency admissions. I was carer for both my parents until they died, so I have hands on experience of dementia, comorbidities and end of life, so I understand the pressures on carers. I am passionate that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect, most especially at end of life. There is only one chance to get it right, but that can mean the world to bereaved families and loved ones.

 

Liz Taylor

Liz Taylor

Stratus Consultancy Ltd, Honorary Secretary - NDC

Responsibility:
Badge administration, administrative support to Council and Chair

Major area of interest:
Networks and support to Champions Ensuring that the Council and Trustees operate within the bounds of the Constitution and the law.

Do you currently serve on the governing body of any other organisations:
Trustee Social Care Support Network; Chair of Board Suffolk Brokerage Ltd.

Commitment to the principles and aims of the National Dignity campaign:
I have been involved in the Dignity Campaign since its inception in 2008. I believe strongly that dignity is and has to be a fundamental part of all our interactions with others, and specifically in care settings where we are working alongside those who are at potentially their most vulnerable. The ten dignity dos give us clear guidance on which to base our interactions and thoughts and to help others understand the importance of dignity and compassion as a keystone. Dignity is indeed everybody's business.