Neil Mapes, co-founder and CEO of Dementia Adventure.
What do you do for Dementia Adventure?
I am one of the founders of Dementia Adventure and so it was originally my idea. I am the CEO and so along with our Chair of Trustees I lead the organisation making sure we stay true to our vision and are deploying the limited resources we have for the best impact for our beneficiaries. I often get credited but it is the fantastic team of staff and volunteers at DA who do all the amazing work!
Do you have any other roles in the organisation?
As the CEO I lead and manage the senior management team but I also support the sub-committees and the board of trustees and answer to them with regards to our performance and strategy.
Do you have any relevant experience, awards, certifications or accreditation?
Over the last decade DA and myself have been honoured with numerous awards which is always very nice, I am particularly proud of being an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Worcester and a Trustee for the Postcode Innovation Trust. But, for me, the most rewarding thing is that families living with dementia keep coming back to us and trust us to provide them with a safe and enjoyable holiday.
What’s the best thing about your job?
Seeing our amazing team thrive, every time a new staff member or volunteer joins they have an impact and in turn this enables us to reach and help more people.
What makes you want to work for Dementia Adventure?
My motivations for still being at DA nearly 10 years later are my three grandparents who lived and died with dementia but also the thousands of families I have directly or indirectly supported over a long career in dementia care and support.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Stop and smell the roses while you can.
Where can we find out more about you?
You can find me on Linkedin.