Simon Thorp, Head of Business Development & Innovation
What do you do for Dementia Adventure?
I lead on business development, also managing the highly skilled, experienced and enthusiastic team of project professionals who deliver our training, research and consultancy services for a wide range of partner organisations and individuals including family carers. I also work closely with our CEO and Head of Fundraising to develop research projects to strengthen the evidence supporting our approach to positive risk taking in nature, as well as building corporate partnerships. The work that the team and I do helps Dementia Adventure to reach our beneficiary and income targets.
Do you have any other roles in the organisation?
I am a member of our Senior Management Team, with additional responsibility for IT projects, service development, external speaking, data control and legal services.
Do you have any relevant experience, awards, certifications or accreditations?
I am also a Certified Landscape Designer, Fellow of the Tourism Society and member of the Tourism Consultants’ Network. I am also trained in Advanced Facilitation and participated in the Young Foundation’s Transition Programme. Additionally, I am a Liveryman and Freeman of the City of London.
What’s the best thing about your job?
I enjoy the challenges and rewards of developing positive relationships and services which ultimately make a real difference to as many people as possible who are living with dementia, their families, friends and the network of professionals who support them.
What makes you want to work for Dementia Adventure?
I am highly committed to ensuring with our small but wonderful team that anyone who has dementia can exercise their right to have a nature based ‘social prescription’ instead of (or in addition to) the usual medical support available. This means working with like minded people and organisations, and putting the very real benefits of our approach before profit.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
I particularly love the Native American saying: ‘Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.’ You never really know exactly what is around the corner, but if you stay true to your values, and loyal to people who share them, then great things often happen!
Where can we find out more about you?
Connect with me on Linkedin.