Jan Killeen is Policy Director for Alzheimers Scotland, working to represent the views and interests of people with dementia and their carers to Government and other policy makers. She also leads on their involvement work and information services
For the past 25 years, Jan has been a campaigner for the rights of people with dementia and their families in Scotland. Initially working with Age Concern Scotland, she then worked as Director of Scottish Action on Dementia (a collaborative body which influenced the then Conservative Government’s SHARPEN Report which gave top priority to the development of services for older people with dementia) before joining Alzheimers Scotland in 1994.
In her career, Jan has co-ordinated the campaign for law reforms to recognise the rights of adults with mental disorders (including dementia) and was seconded to the Justice Department for 3 years to take forward a programme of improvements to the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000.
Jan, along with colleagues at Alzheimers Scotland, people with dementia and their carers, has been closely involved with the development of the Scottish Government’s Dementia Strategy.
Jan is a sociology graduate and a qualified social worker and teacher.