Who’s who at LDDAA

Debra Skeen

Debra Skeen - Treasurer

I am a singer and voice coach with over 40 years’ experience.

Since moving to East Sussex I have concentrated on delivering Music for the Brain sessions to the community and specialise in working with those living with Dementia and Parkinson’s.

I also run well-being choirs and ukulele classes at the Lewes House of Friendship. Everyone is welcome.

Being a part of the LDDAA enables me to keep up to date with fellow care professionals and to help connect with our dementia community.


Lauren Puttock-Brown - Secretary

I am an Associate at Mayo Wynne Baxter Solicitors. I joined LDDAA to build a relationship with people living with dementia in my local community, so you have a friendly face to call upon if you need to seek legal advice.  Among other things, I can help you to give someone else legal authority to speak on your behalf and manage your affairs if you become less capable of doing so independently, and also provide guidance on how to ensure that your estate is dealt with in the way that you wish when you pass away.

Alison Scutt

Alison Scutt - Chair

My own story started when I was looking for care for my mother who did not live local to me. We had searched hard to find a reputable care company who were consistent, communicative and reliable, with carers whom my mother trusted. We enrolled Home Instead to care for my mother and this opened my eyes to what care should be; transparent, trustworthy and delivered with dignity.

Bryce Murphy

Bryce Murphy - Committee Member

I am the Operations Director at Sussex Audiology. We have been a family run business for over 25 years, with clinics and a home visit service covering all parts of East and West Sussex. We pride ourselves on the service we provide to patients and the positive impact we can have on our local communities.

With very strong links between hearing loss and dementia, we felt it only natural to support the LDDAA with it’s mission to make Lewes and District a dementia friendly community.

Janette Watkins

Janette Watkins - Vice Chair

I am a former Bank Manager and now Pastoral Minister for Trinity Churches Lewes since 2005 supporting those in the community that are going through difficult times

I also run The Monday Club for the elderly in Lewes. The club is for those that live on their own and are lonely. We enjoy guest speakers, musical entertainment, arts and crafts and summer outings. We have a home cooked meal cooked by volunteers. The club is for fun and fellowship.

I helped set up and run the Dementia support group on the second Tuesday of the month for families who have loved runs with dementia

Clare Crouch

Clare Crouch - Committee Member

I’m the Managing Director of Lewes based creative design agency hrscreative.  We work a lot with charities helping them raise their profile both locally and nationally. 

I originally became involved with LDDAA when we designed their branding and literature. Then in my role as President of Lewes Chamber of Commerce, to raise awareness of Dementia training for local businesses, with the ultimate goal to help make the whole of the Lewes District ‘dementia friendly’.

Lesley Cruickshank-Robb

Lesley Cruickshank-Robb - Committee Member

I am a Care consultant and Regional Partner for Promedica24 in Mid and East Sussex. I am a former nurse and residential care manager, I launched the Promedica24 East and Mid Sussex branch in 2017 to offer the people in my community a genuine alternative to residential care. Throughout the pandemic, I returned to the NHS part-time to support the nation’s fight against coronavirus.

With my background in nursing and experience in the residential care sector, I understand the importance of personalised care in improving people’s quality of life. I also understand the difficulties families face when navigating the complexities of the care system. The team and I are on hand to answer your questions and assist you throughout this journey. I look forward to working with you and ensuring you get the support you need to live independently and well in the comfort of your own home.

I am involved with the Dementia Action Alliance, raising awareness and understanding of what it’s like living with the condition in our community

Jesse Holden

Jesse Holden - Committee Member

I am the Customer Relationship Manager for Parris Lawn Nursing and Dementia Home in Ringmer, Lewes. I am passionate about helping residents and their families feel part of our community. I strongly believe every resident should have the opportunity to live their life as they wish.

I joined the LDDAA to assist where I could and to support any events or fundraisers that were being held. I have now made good friends at the LDDAA and the wonderful work they do regarding people living with Dementia, is something for us all to be proud of.

Julie Barnett

Julie Barnett - Committee Member

I am the Dementia and Frailty Social Prescriber for Foundry Healthcare Lewes, I have been in this role for over 5 years and love my job. It is a privilege to work with our patients who have cognitive / memory difficulties and their families and carers. you can contact myself or our team directly. My work consists of admin, patient and family support with information and advice as well as a listening ear, and networking to find details about local and national groups and organisations who are there for our patients living with dementia. We run several social groups as well as a Dementia Peer Support Group and a Carers Peer Support Group. 

Michelle Whatford

Michelle Whatford - Committee Member

Lauren Puttock-Brown

Mary Hawes - Committee Member

A photograph of Alison Scutt from Home Instead

Sue Murton – Committee Member


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Estimated number of people with dementia in the UK

Number of people in Lewes District with dementia

% of people with dementia living in residential care