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

Phil Anastasi

I am honoured to be a Trustee of Dementia Friendly East Riding despite a tough 2 years for us all during the COVID-19 Pandemic as a charity we have managed to stay afloat and are now hoping to continue with our good work, with new ideas and projects launching shortly and to continue influencing and raising awareness of dementia in our local community. I work full-time for the NHS Trust in East Riding within the Yorkshire Coast & Wolds Primary Care Network supporting mental health services of which Dementia is a part. I have a long association with dementia care both professionally and as a carer for my grandfather. I am an outgoing people focused individual and thrive on utilising my years of experience within the Health Sector alongside my passion to create greater awareness and support around dementia across the region. 


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.


Mandy Aitken

I am very pleased to be joining DFER as a Trustee, and helping to further the work of this fantastic charity.  As the owner of a local home care provider covering the East Riding, I have seen the way Dementia affects not only those living with it, but also their families.  There is so much more that can be done within communities to support and improve their lives, and DFER is leading the way. 

My background is in Project Management and HR in the Financial Services industry, so I have a wide variety of experience to offer.  I am originally from the U.S. but have considered the UK home for the past 15 years.

Sam Linton
Sam Linton - Trustee
Sam Linton
Sam Linton is a data protection professional working primarily in the adult social care and not-for-profit sectors. She has over 20 years of experience working with charities, social enterprises, housing associations and similar organisations. Her achievements include implementing GDPR compliance projects, successfully running a social enterprise for

Sam’s interest in DFER stems from personal experience of her Father living with dementia several years ago. At the time she had little idea of where to turn for help and is keen to raise awareness and increase support for families living with the condition. She has previously been a Director of social enterprises including Bransholme Green Enterprise and Leys News. She hopes to use her compliance and planning experience to help further the aims of DFER.


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 focused 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.


Elizabeth Godber
(Trustee & Memory Walk Project Lead) 

EliI am delighted to be a trustee for DFER.

I began working with the charity in 2018 on dementia-awareness theatre with my company Smashing Mirrors Theatre, and since then, have had my dementia-awareness work performed to over 2000 people. 

I have seen first hand some of the brilliant initiatives created by DFER and am excited to see what future projects are on store.

Alongside my work in theatre I am also a PhD student at the University of Hull.