The World Dementia Council (WDC) is an international charity. It consists of senior experts and leaders drawn from research, academia, industry, governments and NGOs in both high-income and low- and middle-income countries, including two leaders with a personal dementia diagnosis.

The WDC has an executive team based in London, UK.

World Dementia Council
4th Floor Rex House
4 – 12 Regent Street
St James
London SW1Y 4PE



Lenny ShallcrossLenny Shallcross

Lenny is Executive Director at the World Dementia Council. Prior to that he was Head of Community Engagement leading programmes across the UK to establish Dementia Friendly Communities. This includes the Dementia Friends programme which is the biggest health social movement campaign delivered by 10,000 volunteers that have recruited 2 million individuals through a community, digital and corporate offer. Before working for Alzheimer's Society he worked in the UK government as a political adviser at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department of Health as well as working in Parliament and for the Labour Party.


Melanie SaundersonMelanie Saunderson

Melanie is Office Manager at the World Dementia Council, responsible for the administration of the charity, including finance and project management. She provides executive assistance to the Executive Director. Melanie is legally trained and has had a varied career in finance, property and senior executive administration. She has worked for The Crown Estate, The US Embassy in London, Department for Transport and Richard Green Art Gallery in Bond Street London. She is a fellow of the Institute of Administrative Management.