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Who we are

Innovations in Dementia CIC is managed by four co-directors, Rachael Litherland, Steve Milton, Philly Hare and Damian Murphy, who combine many years experience of work in the dementia field.

We work closely with advisers who have dementia. We call this group of people ThinkTank.
Find out more about ThinkTank

All passionately believe in the human rights and potential of people with dementia and are committed to practically demonstrating how a more positive approach can work in practice.

We all have experience in user involvement, accessibility, training, research and information.

We work with people with dementia in a variety of ways:

  • Through ThinkTank - find out more about ThinkTank
  • Working with existing groups mostly often via the DEEP network. Find out how your group can get involved

Photo of Rachael LitherlandRachael Litherland has worked with older people and people with dementia for the past 10 years. With a background in psychology and advocacy, she developed and managed the national “Living with Dementia” programme for the Alzheimer’s Society between 2000 and May 2006. This included providing leadership on issues relating to the involvement and support of people with dementia and supporting people with dementia in service and information development, campaigning and self-advocacy.

She is an experienced public speaker, having represented the programme at numerous key national and international conferences.

Rachael leads our work with involving people with dementia, communication and inclusion.

Email Rachael at
Find out more about Rachael Litherland

Photo of SteveSteve Milton has worked in social care since 1987 as a researcher, writer, trainer, and service manager.
He has worked in the dementia field since 1995. In 1996 he set up the Alzheimer's Society helpline, which he ran until 2002. During that time the helpline provided support and information to over 150,000 people.

Steve leads our work on dementia-friendly communities and disability rights.

Find out more about Steve's work and the reports he has written.

Email Steve at

Photo of PhillyPhilly Hare became a Director of Innovations in Dementia in January 2017. She was previously a Programme Manager at Joseph Rowntree Foundation, overseeing their major programme Dementia without Walls. She is also an Exchange Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.

Philly's particular interests are the empowerment and inclusion of people with dementia, and the application of research evidence to practice. As a qualified social worker, Philly has over 30 years' experience within the NHS, Local Authorities and the voluntary sector in many areas of adult social care. In the 1990s, she managed the Scarborough/ Ryedale Kings Fund Carers Project and later set up the Princess Royal Trust Carers Resource. She spent five years as Senior Researcher with the independent consultancy, Acton Shapiro, prior to joining JRF in April 2006. Philly has a first degree in English and Philosophy (Exeter University) and an MSc in Applied Social Studies (Oxford University).

She is an experienced public speaker, having presented at numerous key national and international conferences.
Philly manages iD's Twitter account @Innov_Dementia

Email Philly at

Photo of DamianDamian Murphy
With a background in learning disability nursing, and formation living in community in Latin America, I have spent 20 years working with people with dementia in acute, community and long term care settings. After a long association with Innovations, I became a co-director in September 2016. I am particularly interested in the promotion of relationship-centred approaches and have created the Getting Along approach and training programme. I live with the girl of my dreams and our 3 children in York.

Email Damian at

If you would like to know more, please email us at

Innovations in Dementia CIC, PO Box 616, Exeter, EX1 9JB
Telephone 01392 420076

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