Peter Ashley, former Group Technical Director of a public computing company, was diagnosed with early stage dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) in 2000. He is a founding member of The Lewy Body Society and sits on their management board. He is also an Ambassador of the UK Alzheimer’s Society.
As a patient representative member on the NICE/SCIE Dementia Guideline Development Group, Peter Ashley was involved in the production of the definitive Guideline on Dementia, published on 22 November 2006 and acted as an advisor to the National Audit Office when they published their recommendations on dementia. He works closely with the Royal College of Psychiatry and sits on Boards for DeNDRoN (Dementia and Neurodegenerative Disease) both in Primary Care and in Dementia. He is a member of the EVIDEM (Evidence in Dementia) Group and was an initial participant in the construction of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. In 2007 he joined one of the Expert Reference Groups to develop recommendations for the Department of Health National Dementia Strategy. He is proud to be the Patron of the South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust Collaborative. In February 2009 they were successful in winning an award from the Mental Health Foundation to continue their work on Life History particularly for those in the moderate to late stages of dementia. He is a member of NIMHE (the National Institute for Mental Health in England)/Royal College of Psychiatry Committee on Dementia and Memory Impairment (North West Region) with particular reference to Older People. He also sits on the Electronic Social Care Records Implementation Board (ESCR) for the Department of Health and related bodies and is an Associate Member of Innovations in Dementia. At European level, he was a member of Alzheimer Europe working group on Advanced Directives and has made speeches at several European Alzheimer conferences.
Last Updated: Thursday 06 August 2009