Jean Tottie, an occupational therapist, worked in senior levels in health and social care all her career before taking early retirement to care for her father with dementia. Jean has dedicated her time since he died to ensuring that carers are recognised and respected as experts. She is a founding director of the Life Story Network (LSN) and has been involved in a number of national policy initiatives and was instrumental in setting up the national Carers Call2Action within the Dementia Action Alliance and its legacy: tide together in dementia everyday which is supported by the LSN. Jean represents tide at various national strategic forums. Jean was awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Dementia Care award in 2018.