Pete presents The ‘D’ Word the radio show that talks about dementia. Born in London he spent over 30 years in local government as a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner while combining a part time career in sports radio. He spent two years seconded to the Health Protection Agency running a national partnership working project and was then appointed Head of Climate Change at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council. His media CV includes presenting live sports commentaries for a number of TV and radio stations as well as writing regular articles for sports magazines. In 2013 he took up a post as news editor for an environmental website while running his own consultancy JigsawPSPH which provided social media coverage for Public Health events.
Pete admits his outlook on life changed in 2016 when he was appointed as Group Activity Support Manager for Essex by the Alzheimer’s Society. His duties involved managing six, weekly social groups for people living with dementia in the community. When the contract ended in 2018 Pete decided to combine his interest in dementia with his lifelong love of radio and start The ‘D’ Word as he was shocked that nobody had taken up the idea. He’s already got himself a reputation as the man with the travelling microphone who likes a chat and produces radio in his back bedroom. He hopes eventually to develop the show to include people living with dementia as a major part of the project. As he says “I want to stop it being the ‘D’ Word and let people talk freely about dementia as they would any other health condition.”
On the ‘D’ Word this week, Pete welcomes Lance A. Slatton from the All Home Care Matters podcast and YouTube Channel