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The team

Our small, but friendly team here at the Dementia Innovation Hub work hard to make a difference to the lives of people who experience dementia. We may have different roles and talents but we all love what we do.  Angela is our ‘data curator’, Catherine is our organiser and networker, Alex is our administrative star and Lynne is the ‘linchpin’ of the Dementia Hub.  And because it’s always nice to put a face to a name, here are the team…


Dr. Lynne Corner

Director of Engagement, Institute of Ageing and Faculty of Medical Sciences

Lynne Corner

Dr Lynne Corner is Director of VOICE based at the National Innovation Centre for Ageing. She is also Director of Engagement at the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing and leads the Public Insights Programme at the NIHR Innovation Observatory. VOICE is an international organisation established in 2007 to harness the immense experience, ideas and insights of the public, especially older people, to co-develop evidence based products and services that are needed to support healthy ageing and to respond to the challenges and opportunities arising from demographic change. She co-leads the NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership on older people living with multiple conditions and is a member of NIHR INVOLVE. Lynne has a special interest in Dementia, and through the Dementia Innovation Hub at Newcastle University works with families with dementia to develop training and support to help people live well.

Dr. Angela Abbott

Knowledge Exchange Associate

Angela Abbott

Angela is a social geographer with a research background in the everyday experiences of giving and receiving care at home. She spent a number of years working in local government finance until she got the bug for social science research. Angela worked as a researcher within the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies on the Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy project, which left her with a continuing interest in exploring how sharing knowledge might generate social and technological innovation. Angela is a long-suffering supporter of Sunderland football club, and is currently owned by two cats, Millie and Marble.

Catherine Butcher

Dementia Hub Coordinator

Catherine Butcher

Catherine is an experienced project manager and facilitator and has over 15 years’ experience in using participatory approaches in community-based projects and evaluations. She’s had a diverse career, starting out as a researcher for Northumbria Police and has also worked in local government and the Community and Voluntary sector, as Director of a small charity, before moving into the world of academia with posts in both Northumbria and Newcastle Universities. When she’s not coordinating the Dementia Innovation Hub activities, Catherine can often be found up to her elbows in flour; an award winning cake baker she achieved first prize at the local primary school for her lemon drizzle cake. Catherine has two children, one husband and one cat.

Alex Mitchell


Alex Mitchell

Alex has a background in customer service roles, with over 8 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. He spent most of this time working for Newcastle University running a variety of catering outlets as well as planning and facilitating high profile events. Alex now works as Engagement Secretary offering admin and project support for VOICENorth and the FMS Engagement Team, as well as the Dementia Hub. Away from the office, Alex enjoys travelling and masquerading as an accomplished squash player – which he certainly isn’t.

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Dementia Innovation Hub
Newcastle University
Campus for Ageing and Vitality
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear

Tel: 0191 2081130


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