MacKay Hannah

Dealing with living grief: Supporting carers


Lynda Gauld

Director, Baccus Consulting

Prior to establishing Baccus Consulting, Lynda was Head of External Affairs at Pfizer with responsibility for all aspects of External Affairs for Scotland and Northern Ireland. During her ten years with Pfizer, Lynda managed a number of highly successful partnership relationships and sought to identify new approaches to policy development in her field. She has obtained considerable experience in managing issues and corporate change.

Before working in the pharmaceutical sector with Pfizer, Lynda spent twenty years in the NHS as a nurse and a manager and three years as Regional Manager of the Institute of Health Services Managers (now Institute of Healthcare Managers) and has a strong working knowledge of the NHS and the public sector, its successes and challenges.


Linda Gill

Carer Involvement Lead - East Scotland, tide

Linda is the tide Carer Involvement Lead for Edinburgh, Lothian, The Borders and Dumfries and Galloway. Her time is devoted to the carers in their network and potential carers, enabling them to take action to improve any aspect of their caring role. Blending activity with partnership organisations, groups and charities we work collaboratively to achieve an optimum experience for carers of those with dementia.

In one form or another Linda has been a carer since she was just 8 years old (quite some time ago!!) when her Grandma, who had dementia, came to live with them. She spent five years with them and then moved to a local hospital for a further two years. Over the years since then Linda has supported family members, members of their church congregation and others in the wider community. Through her voluntary work she has developed Dementia Friendly screenings for their Community Cinema and attended training to help her to understand how to support those with dementia and their carers.

She is delighted to be able to make use of her experience to do what she can to support those in their network.


Maxine Norrish

Project Manager - Bereaved by Dementia, Cruse Bereavement Care Cymru

Maxine Norrish is a trained counsellor with a background in nursing and 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry. She has worked with Cruse Cymru since 2008 initially as a Bereavement Volunteer in the Cardiff Area while studying for her counselling qualifications before becoming a Project Manager in 2015.

Since 2016 she has been Project Manager for a number of Partnership Projects with Alzheimer’s Society. The first was the ‘Bereaved by Dementia Project’ (2016 – 2020) which improved access to bereavement support for people affected by dementia, this support has since been absorbed into the Cruse Bereavement service across Wales.

The current project, ‘Pre bereavement support project’, began in Cruse Cymru in 2019. This partnership project offers support to people affected by dementia and those who care for them to access support for feelings of loss and grief along the journey with dementia.


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