Meet The Experts
At Eldering, we strive to deliver exceptional guidance and information to help you manage and care for your ageing parents. We achieve this by working with a panel of independent experts from a range of relevant fields, including medicine, law, clinical psychology and social care. Our Eldering experts are highly trained professionals who possess the passion and expertise required to ensure our content is complete and accurate.
Dr Patrick Ruane
BSC (HONS) MBCHB (HONS) MRCP MRCGP
Dr Ruane is a highly experienced General Practitioner (GP) based in London, with a particular interest in disease prevention, mental health and care of the elderly. As part of our expert panel, Dr Ruane provides Eldering with insights and guidance on the health considerations and challenges we should be mindful of for our ageing parents.
Dr Ruane is a partner at the Sloane Street Surgery in London. He has practiced here as a GP for over 14 years, and has broad knowledge and experience in general medicine.
Dr Ruane graduated in Physiology before qualifying with Honours in Medicine from Bristol University in 2003. He is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians and of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
James is a UK Solicitor specialising in international tax and estate planning, with expertise in cross-border estate planning, all aspects of trusts, personal and trust taxation and charity law. As part of our expert panel, James provides Eldering with insights and guidance on the estate planning, legal and tax aspects that need to be considered with ageing parents.
James has practiced for over fifteen years. He is a former partner and Head of Private Client Services of a leading London law firm and a former Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
James studied History at Cambridge University, where he earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. He went on to study Law at the College of Law, Guildford, where he undertook his postgraduate Diploma in Law and LPC (Legal Practice Coures), graduating in 2003.
Dr Sarah Gunn
Dr Gunn is both a practicing clinical psychologist, specialised in neuropsychology and physical health psychology, and a lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of Leicester. Her academic research includes investigating changes in cognition, behaviour and emotion in ageing and neurodegenerative illness, including Alzheimer's disease. She also focuses on the associated impacts of neurological conditions like dementia on families and caregivers.
Dr Gunn has worked clinically for over ten years. She has worked therapeutically with individuals affected by neurological conditions, including dementia, other neurodegenerative conditions, and brain injury. The focus of her work is always tailored to the individual, supporting with skills maintenance, rehabilitation, emotional support, behavioural management, and myriad other goals including co-working with other disciplines such as Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy. Dr Gunn’s clinical experience covers the NHS, private healthcare, and the third sector. Her research experience likewise covers NHS and university settings, primarily focusing on the effects of ageing and neurodegenerative conditions on people and families.
Dr Gunn graduated in Psychology from the University of Glasgow in 2012, followed by a Master’s in Psychological Research Methods in 2015, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2020.
Deniece is both a personal trainer and a carer for elder people. Based in London, Deniece specialises in dynamic strength training and cardio fitness, with an emphasis on natural, multi-muscle and core strength movement using people’s own bodies versus machines. Deniece also specialises in rehabilitation training and is passionate about the powerful benefits for older people of exercising in water.
Deniece has been in the fitness industry for over 30 years and over 20 years in personal training and sports therapy , and has specialised in training and caring for elderly people for the past 7 years. She has developed a range of exercises to promote functional strength, balance and coordination to build confidence in every day activities such as walking, daily movements to maintain independence. She also specialises in aqua fitness which gives the individual an opportunity to do things they would not feel confident to do on land without the stress on joints and discs.
Deniece graduated in Sport Therapy Bsc in addition, she has many exercise health and qualifications including personal trainer exercise to music, aqua fitness, sports massage, GP referral, cardiac rehab as well as Certificate in Education and Level 2 Care certificate.
Dean is a health and social care consultant based in Cardiff, who is passionate about facilitating access to essential care and support for the elderly. As a member of the panel, Dean offers Eldering invaluable guidance on navigating the complexities involved in accessing funding and support that could help elder people live more comfortably and independently.
Dean is Managing Director of Grey Matters Consultancy in Cardiff and brings over 12 years of professional experience in health and social care. He entered the sector immediately after university, and has established a robust background and expertise in the field. Dean ascended through the ranks of the care sector, from a frontline home care worker to the Deputy Manager of two care homes before pivoting to health and social care training. Rising to the Head of Qualifications at a company commended by City & Guilds, he spearheaded the introduction of new Health and Social Care qualifications in Wales. Returning to social care, Dean led an award-winning team at a local home care provider, achieving recognition for innovation, where he still holds an Associate Director position alongside managing Grey Matters Consultancy Cardiff.
Following a diploma in Classical and Ancient Studies from Swansea University in 2010, Dean has attained qualifications in Level 5 Leadership in Health and Social Care Management (Adults) Advanced Practice.