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.

 

Alan Clark

Squadron Leader Alan R D Clark MBE MCGI MCPara MASI RAFVRT (Ret’d)

Freelance Pre-hospital Emergency Care Specialist and Trainer

Responsibility:
Trustee

Major area of interest:
To support and publicise the need for Dignity in all sections of the Health and Social Care Economy – particularly in the pre-hospital environment either professional or voluntary agencies.

Do you currently serve on the governing body of any other organisations:
Currently a member of the Church of England Diocesan Synod. Also Deputy Lay Chair of the Deanery Synod. 

Commitment to the principles and aims of the National Dignity campaign:
I have been a supporter of the Dignity Programme since its inception in 2008. Dignity. At the time the programme was subject to funding and support from the Department of Health. Through a series of meeting with management at all levels within my ambulance service, the dignity “Credit Card” Ten Point Dignity Challenge aide memoirs, were distributed to all 5,000 staff attached to pay advice slips.

As a Paramedic, my particular interest relates to introducing a better understanding of Dignity in the ambulance service.  As I said to Sir Michael Parkinson at a meeting which included a survivor of the 7/7 events in London, when treat people in the full gaze of the public and the media can very easily compromise the victims Dignity. A situation which has become more of a problem with video from mobile phones not only being “streamed” of YouTube but also now canvassed by media organisations. In most cases transmitted without the express consent of those involved.

I delivered a presentation to the National Conference in 2008 called “Sloppy Slippers” about a multi-disciplined support programme for Elderly Fallers which grew out of Standard 6 of the NSF For Older People which also took in Standard 2, Age Discrimination.

I remain fully committed to the principles of the Ten Dignity Do’s. In the pre-hospital field there is still much to be achieved in ensuring that those in need receive support and care in all its forms which dignity, that individuals are treated as a partner in deciding their care and not just a number to be blinded with technical language. Medical staff have a “Duty of Candour” which sometimes gets forgotten.

Clare Copleston

Clare Copleston

Managing Director of Meaningful Education CIC

Responsibility:
Trustee Board Member

Major area of interest:
Mental Health & Dementia Care 

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

  • Founder of the Bedfordshire Dignity Network
  • NHS foundation trust member - Luton & Dunstable Hospital 
  • Bedfordshire Stakeholder (member) of East London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Member of the Armed Forces Covenant 
  • Medic on the Luton SOS Bus
  • Scrutiny panel adviser at Bedfordshire Police

Commitment to the principles and aims of the National Dignity campaign:
I believe every human being has a right to lead a dignified life, that we all have a common responsibility and opportunity to strengthen the dignity of others.  

Dignity should be the foundation for human interaction and i am fully dedicated to improving and raising awareness of the importance of our actions and how it may impact on others. I am fully committed to being an active member on the board of trustees, as well as serving my duties as a dignity champion, to empower and motivate other in creating a movement.  

Sue Brand

Sue Brand

Trustee of the National Dignity Council

Sue Brand has spent most of her life working to improve the lives of adults living in a residential care environment.  She trained and qualified as a nurse at the Middlesex Hospital in London and opened her first care home in the 1970’s, followed by a further 3 in the 1980s.

In 1988 she produced the first set of training videos for the care sector “Training for Care”.  In the 1990’s she became Chair of the East Sussex and Brighton & Hove National Care Home Association, at a time when the care sector was in crisis.  To address some of the serious issues facing the care sector at that time, she founded the RDB Star Rating System.

Current Activities

  • Managing Director of RDB Star Rating
  • Trustee of the National Dignity Council
  • Board member of the Quality Care Campaign
  • Member of the British Standards (BSI) drafting panel for Social Care
  • Member of HASCAF (Health & Social Care Accreditation Forum)
  • Judge and Sponsor at the at the Sussex Community Awards

Memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Alumni Cranfield
  • Alumni Common Purpose
  • Member of the Royal Society of Medicine
  • Member of Care England
  • Founder Member of the National Skills Academy