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NAPA has a new Executive Director. Hilary Woodhead will take up the post on the 1st September with overall responsibility for all NAPA’s work. Sylvie Silver and Jennifer Dudley will continue to support NAPA as Ambassadors and Freelance Trainers/Consultants.


Before joining NAPA, Hilary Woodhead was Director at Support In Dementia, where she led numerous innovative national and local projects and partnerships.

Hilary has held operational, service improvement, workforce development and consultancy roles for health, housing and social care providers, she has worked in local government, The NHS and the private and voluntary sectors.

Whilst studying Drama at university Hilary worked as a care worker in care homes for older people, she developed an interest in introducing the arts to care homes and after graduating she held a number of activities coordinator roles in the voluntary sector, she later managed activity provision across dementia specialist NHS continuing health care services.

Having developed a keen interest in dementia care, Hilary joined the dementia development team in The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, whilst studying for her Social Work Masters degree. There she worked to improve local authority services through staff development and training. In Brighton, she managed the training and development provision for Adult Social Care; Older People’s services. These roles enabled her to build skills and expertise in staff and service development, she qualified as an adult education practitioner and began offering consultancy services for national health and social care providers.

Hilary took on senior development roles at Dementia UK, Dementia Pathfinders and The Whittington Health NHS Trust. She co-founded Support In Dementia In 2014 and has recently delivered projects and programmes of work on behalf of a range of national organisations; including The Department of Health, The Care Quality Commission and The Social Care Institute for Excellence.

She has a special and enduring interest in the care of support of people living with dementia, their families, and the staff who work alongside them.  She is especially motivated by an interest in how people in receipt of care and support spend their day; she believes creating opportunities for meaningful interaction and companionship is central to good quality care and support in all settings.

Hilary lives In Brighton with her family and pets, she loves spending time roaming the lanes, trips to west end musicals and debating her most recent read at her book club.

‘I am delighted to be joining NAPA and excited to lead the next phase of the charity’s development, working with members, trustees, and of course, the fantastic staff team’.

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