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.



Simon Foster
(Ambassador and Acting Chair)

Simon Foster who has previously acted as chairman and trustee for Dementia Friendly East Riding is currently our lead ambassador for the charity. He is also supporting the charity as acting chair.

Simon is instrumental in developing partnership activity and is the organiser of the highly successful dementia friendly cinema screenings in Beverley.  

“ I am privileged and proud to be the charities ambassador and will continue to be part of the charity moving forward.

My main purpose is 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”.




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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Fiona Garth


Trustee DFER

I am proud to volunteer my skills and time to help this amazing charity. I have lived in Bridlington for the past fifteen years and am originally from Halifax.

I currently run several businesses in the area with my husband but prior to being self-employed and living  in beautiful East Yorkshire I worked in Sales Management for a major FMCG company covering the North of England. Prior to that, I gained extensive and invaluable experience in hotel management around the UK.

I have also worked closely with other people focussed charities before joining DFER. Dementia is something we all need to be more aware of, so anything we can do to promote awareness and support for those living with the condition is totally worthwhile.


Gillian Brown

I started working life as an office junior and copy typist and later worked as an assistant house mistress at a boarding college. This led to being a chaperone to up and coming actors carrying out residential work around the country. Latterly, for the last 11 years, I worked alongside my husband in our own businesses which was domestic repairs and house renovations. I also taught music to the community to all age groups.

I have always done volunteer work including running a youth club, being a Specialist Juvenile Mediator for West Yorkshire Probation Service and using my musical talents to preform and entertain others and writing comic songs and observations for open mic scripts.

I have cared for family members and have also seen first hand the problems memory loss can cause. I am keen to bring my skills and experience to use with DFER and ensure that those in the caring community are similarly looked after.