PhD Research Student


The title of my PhD is The Experiences of Informal Carers of People with Young Onset Dementia in Rural Wales

My background

I am a qualified social worker and mental health nurse. Most of my career has been in Welsh local authority social services departments managing and developing mental health services (including regional forensic mental health services), services for people with a learning difficulty and services for older people.  I have a BA (Hons.) History from the Open University and a MA in Public Management from University of Glamorgan. Committed to the importance of social work in the delivery of social care I have been Welsh and UK chair of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW). In  2012 I was presented with a BASW lifetime achievement award.

My research

My research interest is focused on the experiences of people with young onset dementia –people who have dementia under the age of 65- and the experiences of their family carers.


Prof Vanessa Burholt, Dr Paul Nash