ABOUT THE TEAM
Learn more about the team that runs the Our Dementia Choir
VICKY Mc CLURE
Vicky McClure is 37 years old, actor and presenter of BBC One’s ‘Our Dementia Choir’. Vicky is Chair for the charity ‘Our Dementia Choir’.
Having made very personal connections with the ‘Our Dementia Choir’ members and their family & carers Vicky is determined to continue creating a place in which people living with dementia can challenge themselves whilst building friendships and gaining all the positive effects music has. Vicky is ambitious and has high hopes the formula of Our Dementia Choir will eventually reach far and wide.
With an incredibly devoted and professional team we aim to ensure Our Dementia Choir gains the support, funding and joy that allows the group and future groups to be a part of something that has scientifically proven to improve the lives of people living with dementia through the power of music.
Karen Bonser is 54 years old and the wife of a current member of the Dementia Choir, Mick Bonser who is also 54 and living with Alzheimer’s.
She is currently appointed as the Secretary for the Dementia Choir charity, supporting a wide range of areas to ensure that the charity is compliant, viable, remains true to its aims and objectives, as well as supporting and co-ordinating operational areas of the work of the charity.
Karen has extensive experience in managing charities in the education sector for over 30 plus years. She is currently an Executive Business Leader for a Multi Academy Trust in Nottinghamshire and is involved in all aspects of educational business management, risk and development.
Being married to Mick, she has the invaluable experience of living with dementia. She is able to link with other members of the choir and their families and carers on their thoughts and requests which drives the charities mission, vision and values, as well as supporting the choir’s operational needs ongoing.
Karen’s main aim, having such a personal connection, is to provide and promote the ongoing support to Our Dementia Choir and those living with dementia, with the specific benefits of how music can uplift and bring so much joy to those individual’s lives.
Paul Day is the Chief Operating Officer of Curve Media, the TV production company working with Vicky McClure on the ‘Our Dementia Choir’ documentary series
He is currently appointed as the Treasurer for the Dementia Choir charity, looking after the accounts and reporting to ensure that the charity is financially responsible and compliant.
Paul is an experienced Television Production and Business Executive who has worked with some of the biggest names and brands in the business, he runs all production and business concerns of Curve Media. He has managed budgets and finances at all levels.
Paul has also been involved in fundraising for various charities including Care International, Mind, Mango Tree Goa and Movember supported charities funding Prostate Cancer research and providing help to mental health organisations.
Camilla is the joint CEO and co-founder of Curve Media. She has overseen a range of successful productions for Discovery Networks, Channel 4, ITV, Sky and the BBC since Curve’s launch, including the ‘Our Dementia Choir’ documentary series with Vicky McClure.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Lewis has produced Ross Kemp: Britain’s Volunteer Army for BBC One, alongside the continued production of series for Channel 5, Channel 4, More 4 and Discovery.
Prior to founding Curve, Camilla was UK Managing Director at Cineflix, Head of Factual Features at talkbackTHAMES (FreemantleMedia), Head of Factual at CBBC, and Deputy Editor of Tomorrow’s World.
Whilst working alongside the other members of the Dementia Choir charity, Camilla is also a Trustee and mentor for the Promise Foundation, a charity that provides young people with mentors to unlock their potentials for future careers.