Emer Begley PHd is Senior Project Manager at the National Dementia Office. Prior to joining the HSE in January 2017, Emer worked for eight years in the Community and Voluntary Sector working with a number of advocacy organisations focusing on dementia and ageing. Most recently she was Policy and Research Manager with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. Prior to this she worked with Age Action as their Senior Policy Officer. Her academic background is in social policy and social research, completing her PhD in 2009 from Trinity College Dublin where her research focused on the lived experience and health and social care needs of people living with early stage dementia. She also holds a BA in Sociology, a HDip Statistics and an MSc in Applied Social Research.