Meet our Trustees

Dementia Friendly East Riding has a dedicated team that strive to help make the East Riding dementia friendly.

Katherine Mathew

Katherine lives in Beverley and is the Principal Business Transformation and Improvement Officer for East Riding of Yorkshire Council. She has wide employment experience and involvement in roles supporting young people and the youth volunteering strategy in East Yorkshire. In March 2017 she was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Katherine obtained a Masters in Public Administration as well as a Diploma in Youth and Community Work.Her drive and enthusiasm to support the community based work of this charity will enable greater connectivity with local people, particularly young people, in raising awareness and understanding of dementia. In her spare time Katherine enjoys cricket, reading and the theatre.



Phil Anastasi

By day, I work for the Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust as a Community Link Worker within the Social Prescribing Team working out of Beverley and Driffield GP Practices. I regularly support families and individuals coping and managing with Dementia. I also have personal experience of supporting my Grandfather who lived with Dementia for many years. I am passionate about my work, where everyday I thrive on the fact that I am able to make a positive impact on individuals that require support either by issues that are effecting themselves or their families.




Suzy Bunton
(Trustee, Dementia Friends awareness deliverer)

I am honoured to say that I am the Lead Dementia Nurse for Hull and East Yorkshire hospitals NHS Trust, where I have worked since 1987. My mum also has dementia, so this area is very close to my heart. Away from work, I love cooking, walking my golden retriever and am learning Spanish and the piano in my spare time, also a mum of two teenagers!





Sandra Burley
(Trustee, Flower competition lead)

I am very proud to be a Trustee of Dementia Friendly East Riding and believe we have already and will continue to influence and raise awareness of dementia in our local community. I am a Yorkshire girl and have spent the last 27 years living near Pocklington. I think people get involved in working with charities such as ours because they have themselves been supported in many ways by friends, family and charitable organisations in their own lives and it is an opportunity to help others when you can. I have a long association with dementia care both professionally as a registered nurse for over 40 years and personally in caring for my grandmother and mother. I am a real ‘people’s person’ and will always strive to use my expertise, passion and support, driving dementia  and fast-moving developments happening across the country.



Ian Bunton

(Trustee & Treasurer)

I am a qualified Chartered Accountant and am very proud to be the Treasurer and Trustee of Dementia Friendly East Riding. It is a disease that is close to our families hearts and for many years, we have seen first  hand the effect that dementia has, both on persons diagnosed with it, and their loved ones. This initially led me to share my passion of family and football, and write a book about Hull City, entitled ’46 and Counting’, at the same time raising funds for dementia. In turn, this has seen my involvement with DFER – anything that we can all do to help those affected, must be a good thing.




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Nicole Kime



Simon Foster
(Ambassador and Volunteer)

“Simon Foster Ambassador for DFER at the opening of The Memory Walk at Sewerby Hall and Gardens” Former Chair, and Trustee has now become our first Dementia Friendly East Riding Ambassador.

Simon Foster who has previously acted as chairman and trustee for Dementia Friendly East Riding will become an ambassador for the fledgling charity. 

Simon will continue as a volunteer developing partnership activity and remain as the organiser of the highly successful dementia friendly cinema screenings in Beverley.  

“ I am privileged and proud to be asked to take on this new role and so will continue to be part of the charity moving forward.

I will continue to raise the profile of this progressive charity around the local community. Dementia Friendly East Riding does so much to support people living with dementia and their families and carer`s”.